Posts by Chris Presley

2013 in Review — SQL Server

It’s that time of year. When I take some time away from work, hide out, and reflect on the past year. 2013 was a big year for Microsoft, particularly SQL Server, Windows Azure, and HDInsight. While I’d love to recap every Microsoft moment that excited me, there are too many to count, so I’ll just…

The death of the MCM Program

In case you’re unaware, Microsoft sent a late night email on Friday August 30th announcing it would kill off the MCM, MCSM and MCA certifications as of October 1, 2013. These are top level certifications, requiring candidates to do more than answer multiple-guess questions, and that, when achieved, really separate the experts from the rest…

Update on Home Learning Lab – Hyper-V

This is an update on my “Setting up a home learning lab” post. I have recently decided to upgrade the host OS on my desktop to Windows 8 Professional so I could check out Hyper-V as a virtualization platform and get to know Windows 8 better. Windows Server 2012 would have been my first choice,…

Setting Up a Home Learning Lab

Thanks to virtualization and cheap, powerful hardware there are a lot of cost effective options available today for setting up a learning environment on your own. In this blog post I will make suggestions on how you can cheaply build yourself an IT Playground, I’ll also talk about some mistakes I made along the way to hopefully save you from adding a few grey hairs.

SQL 2012: Path to Easier Data Cleanup with Try_Convert

A new feature in SQL 2012 that I am very excited about is TRY_CONVERT which makes data conversion much easier. When you pair TRY_CONVERT with some Case statements, you can easily pipe the inconvertible data to other columns, which can then be reviewed and (hopefully) fixed prior to cutting over your data. I’ve mocked up a quick demo so you can see how powerful this new feature is.

You CAN execute DTS packages from SQL Server 2005 64-bit

I’d read that DTS packages could be stored on SQL Server 2005 64-bit, but not executed on this server. Workarounds I’ve seen range from creating SSIS packages with Execute DTS tasks, migrations to SSIS using the wizard or third party tools, and running the DTS Packages from a 32-bit server against the 64-bit target. Recently (and much to my embarrassment after making that statement), a colleague demonstrated that this is not correct.

Backups in SQL Server 2005/2008, Part 1: The Basics

This is the first post in a series dedicated to exploring the backup and availability options in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. It is aimed at anyone unfamiliar with the database backup options in SQL Server 2005 and 2008. I’m not going to explore every single option or scenario, the goal is to give you the language and the tools to do deep dives where you need to.

Connecting to Oracle with SQL Server 2005 x64

Using OLE DB to get SQL Server to connect to Oracle servers can be done quite easily, but there are a few little tricks you should know to make it go smoothly. Once it’s working it seems to work quite well. I hope this blog post will save you a few headaches.

SQL Server 2005: Automating Database Movement

Let’s say for you want to move a database from one environment (possibly production) to another (possibly development) on a semi-regular basis. After about the 10th time doing it manually, you’re ready to automate the process. But how? That’s what I intend to help with in this post. There are a couple ways you could go about this task. One way would be to write stored procedures and call them with a batch file using osql.exe and SQL Agent job or your enterprise scheduler. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but I think that for this task, SSIS packages give more options, flexibility, and simplicity for ongoing management.

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