Category Archives: Training

Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Workshop

Recently, I attended a workshop with Microsoft called “Experience Center for BI”.  It was a 2-day workshop focused on Business Intelligence (BI) using Microsoft’s products (i.e. Office, SharePoint, and SQL Server 2012), which was FREE of charge to their enterprise … Continue reading

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Certification Completed … MCSA for SQL Server 2012!

In one of my previous posts, I explored the value of certifications (https://sqlbadboy.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/sql-server-certifications-are-they-valuable-or-useful/) and mentioned that I was pursuing my MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solution Associate) for SQL Server 2012. Well, I am happy to say that I finally completed this … Continue reading

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DBA Basics – A Review for the New Year

With each New Year, most people to do two things … Review what happened the previous year Make goals for the upcoming year So, with my first post of this New Year, I thought I would review some of the … Continue reading

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Microsoft AlwaysOn Workshop

This week I attended a high availability workshop with Microsoft called “Protect your Business with AlwaysOn”.  It was a 1-day workshop focused on SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, which was FREE of charge to their enterprise customers. Why was … Continue reading

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SQL Server Certifications – Are they Valuable or Useful?

It seems like whenever the subject of SQL Server certifications comes up, people have strong opinions one way or another.  For example, look at this post and the associated comments, http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/how-valuable-are-certifications/. Now, to be perfectly honest, I have had mixed … Continue reading

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SQL PASS 2013

The PASS Summit is probably one of the most beneficial events in the SQL Server community for a database professional.  This year’s event took place in Charlotte, North Carolina from October 16-18, 2013.  Unfortunately, everyone might not be able to … Continue reading

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A Preview … At the Chicago SQL Server User Group

Yesterday, I went to the Chicago SQL Server User Group meeting (http://chicago.sqlpass.org/), which I always enjoy going to when I have a chance.  It is an opportunity to get some free training, perhaps a free meal, and be able to network … Continue reading

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