Reasons to consider certification

I saw a link to a report by TechRepublic giving reasons to value certification in 2009. The idea behind the piece is that we are in a time of economic crisis, cutbacks and the like, and asking the question about whether or not people should be looking for certification or not. Most of the points … Continue reading Reasons to consider certification

A review — Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide

As a User Group leader, I have the chance to review books for MSPress (and then give a copy away to the user group too!). So at the end of last month I got sent a copy of Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide, by Ed Wilson (I hope that link works — if it doesn’t, find … Continue reading A review — Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide

A reason to visit Manchester

I shouldn’t knock Manchester — I’m sure it’s a great place. Being from the London area though, I’ve always had to find reasons to consider visiting Manchester. Now that I’m living in Australia, finding reasons to go is even harder. Manchester’s stock has risen recently, joining the ranks of Reading, Birmingham and Hatfield to host … Continue reading A reason to visit Manchester

Poorly scheduled downtime

Not me… someone else, but it did make me think. If you need downtime, you schedule it carefully. If your server needs a reboot for some reason (maybe some patch), then you find an appropriate window in which to place it. Typically this ends up being between 2am and 3am, but working out a time … Continue reading Poorly scheduled downtime

SQL 2008 Books Online update

I’ve just installed the January 2009 refresh for SQL Server 2008’s Books Online. I’ve only glanced at what’s different (, but I just love the fact that SQL Books Online is a work in progress. Books Online lets you provide feedback on any page, and that feedback often makes it into an upcoming refresh. Of … Continue reading SQL 2008 Books Online update