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Today, we announced that Pythian has entered into an agreement to acquire Blackbird.io, itself the result of a recent merger between PalominoDB and DriveDev. I want to start with a hearty welcome to the 40+ new esteemed collaborators joining our firm today. Simultaneously, I want to welcome Blackbird.io’s valued clients to the Pythian family. I…

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Microsoft PowerBI: News from WPC

During the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) that happened last month, Microsoft made public some of the new functionalities that we can expect to see soon on Microsoft PowerBI. If you were on another planet in the last few months, and didn’t heard about PowerBI for Office 365, I’ve included a list of the set of tools…

SQL Server Error: 18056, Severity: 20, State: 29

Howdy everyone, One of the most frequent error messages I come across when dealing with SQL Server, particularly SQL Server 2008 R2, is Error 18056, Severity: 20, State: 29. Not only do I constantly see this error message in the SQL logs, but also in the Microsoft community forums. I often see inquiries likes, “I have SQL…

On the Road with Laerte

For the month of October, Microsoft PowerShell MVP, Laerte Junior will be touring Brazil and Europe for various SQL Server-related speaking engagements. “Thankfully, I am working at a company that fully supports their employees to speak and participate in community events.” Laerte says. “I can travel to Europe for 5 SQL Server conferences, and then…

Managing Files with SaltStack

Before we begin, take a look at my previous two blog posts, SaltStack for Remote Parallel Execution of Commands and Using SaltStack for Configuration Management. We manage files using configurations management much for the same reasons that we manage packages and services – we want/need consistency across all of our boxes, and to spend our time…

How to Configure an Azure Point-to-Site VPN – Part 2

This blog post is the second in a series of three which will demonstrate how to configure a Point-to-Site VPN step-by-step. In my first blog post, I demonstrated how to configure a virtual network and a dynamic routing gateway. Today’s post will be about creating certificates. CREATING CERTIFICATES At this step, we will create and…

Offline Visualization of Azkaban Workflows

As mentioned in my past adventures, I’m often working with the workflow management tool ominously called Azkaban. Its foreboding name is not really deserved; it’s relatively straightforward to use, and offers a fairly decent workflow visualization. For that last part, though, there is a catch: to be able to visualize the workflow, you have to…

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