I will be in Atlanta this weekend to talk about SQL Server certifications. However, I know many of you will not be able to attend. So I have made a short video to explain almost everything you need to know about getting certified. I hope it is helpful in clearing up in confusion on the direction you may want to take to further your goals.
Stayed up way too late working on the SQL Saturday Schedule. But it is now posted. Such an awesome group of speakers from all over the country coming to Indiana to share their knowledge. I am so grateful to them for volunteering their time and expertise.
The other day a twitter discussion between Adam Machanic, Brent Ozar, and Klaus Aschenbrenner arose about the most useless features is SQL Server. Which if you know the #SQLFamily turned into a full fledged twitter debate. Adam followed up with a excellent blog post on the features that belong in the SQL Server Hall of Shame. To be honest, I had forgotten some of these even existed and some only because I have had to teach them. Still it was a very fun debate that day.
A lot of great baseball books coming out this summer. I have several on my reading list. I won’t say I have been a Cubs fan all my life, but I can claim to bleed Cubbie blue for at least the last 35 years. I was awake for the last out of the World Series last year and there has never been another moment in sports that has filled me with such pure emotion. The greatest baseball story of all time told by one its best sportwriters. I will be re-reading this book for many years to come. (GoodReads review.)
Great post! Seriously, don’t cheat on exams. And I’m definitely one of the last people you should tell. I worked very hard to earn my certifications and don’t want to see them watered down by paper MCSEs. You still have to get through the interview process and then actually do the job. So it is probably a good idea to learn the information in the first place. </rant>
Happy 111th anniversary Antiquities Act. I try to avoid political blog posts, especially in today’s heated environment. But ever since I was a boy scout many, many years ago, I have had a love of our country and the beautiful landmarks that are a part of our heritage. It is our duty to future generations, to preserve lands and national monuments that tell our shared history of America. http://
One of the important new features in Windows Server 2016 is the option to deploy containers. By deploying containers, you can provide an isolated environment for applications. You can deploy multiple containers on a single physical server or virtual server, and each container provides a complete operating environment for installed applications. Additionally, you can manage containers by using the open source Docker platform. Here is a great blog post that walks through using Docker Containers with Windows Server 2016
I’m teaching the 20740B Server 2016 Administration course today and as I was reviewing the material, I remembered the book I started about two years ago. Due to artistic differences with the publisher, the book project never made it past the second chapter. However, I thought since I put in the work, I might has well share what I did get written. Maybe sometime down the road I will finish this project and self-publish a book. You just never know what might happen down the road.
Microsoft Learning has expanded the Microsoft Professional Program to include a Big Data track and a Front-End Web development track. I’m off to a great start on the Big Data track. It doesn’t show it, but I have started on my 4th course which is on NoSQL. My friend Sidney is the author on that course. He says, he is scrambling to get CosmosDB added.
Time to start my second term for my MBA:IT at Western Governor’s University. I’ve actually been reading ahead on the Global Economics, but there is a lot of material. I’m hoping to have that exam passed by the end of June. I have not even looked at the Accounting course. But I am pretty sure there is going to be math… and we are not friends.
I’ve already passed both Exams, but I just bought these two books anyway. Maybe a giveway prize for SQL Saturday – Indianapolis on August 12th? I’ve heard rumours of Fidget Spinners as well. Be sure to register soon.
I’m on page 34 of 304 of Smart Baseball: Yes, another Baseball book. But this one is about the statistics of the game, both old and new. It is giving me some ideas for a data science experiment. And we all know I can use some practice on my Big Data and Data Science. Here is the GoodReads Review.
The Four new SQL MCSA certifications coming out this fall have had a last minute name change. http://bit.ly/2q8lWPj
Exchange administrators can really take advantage of the Exchange Management Shell for the administration of their messaging infrastructure on-premises or in the cloud. Here is a reference to the Exchange 2016 Powershell Cmdlets.In addition, here is a blog by Paul Cunningham on creating a Powershell function to speed up remoting into an Exchange Server.
Tonight, I will be speaking remotely for the Yooper SQL Server User Group. I am assuming that Yooper refers to Upper Michigan. You can watch my recorded session on “The PROCESS of Queries” on YouTube.
An actual novel for a change… Kind of. It is a novel of the Korean War from Jeff Shaara. First, I am a huge fan of Jeff Shaara and his father, Michael wrote one of my favorite novels on Gettysburg and the Civil War, “The Killer Angels”. Second, I have never really researched the Korean War before, so this will be a nice change of pace on two fronts. Here is the GoodReads Review. The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
The Azure Active Directory Admin Console (in the new Azure portal) is now Generally Available! The new experience begins with the brand-new landing page and dashboard. This scoped version of the Azure portal is available at http://aad.portal.azure.com.
If you couldn’t make it to Microsoft Build, the Microsoft Developer Conference, last week. All 452 sessions are now available on Channel 9. http://bit.ly/2qps9oO
Are you an MCT or MCT Alumni? Get 75% OFF selected MCP exams until June 30th. Check your MCT Dashboard for details. http://bit.ly/2qpDsNy
When Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy, his wife, Varina Howell Davis, reluctantly became the First Lady. For this highly intelligent, acutely observant woman, loyalty did not come easily: she spent long years struggling to reconcile her societal duties to her personal beliefs. During the war she nursed Union prisoners and secretly corresponded with friends in the North. Though she publicly supported the South, her term as First Lady was plagued by rumors of her disaffection. (Review from GoodReads.)