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April 19, 2010  4:50 PM

SQL Saturday in Phoenix

Posted by: Colin Smith
Administration, Education, SQL Saturday, sql saturday 47, SQL Server, Training

I have posted this before, but I was asked to post about it again. SQL Saturday is a go for Phoenix. We have a date of July 17th at the

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March 23, 2010  4:14 PM

Phoenix SQL Saturday Update

Posted by: Colin Smith
Events, SQL Administration. MS SQL, SQL Saturday, Training

So it is going to happen. A couple venues are under consideration, sounds like we may have a few sponsers, and we are looking at mid to late July for the event. I can not wait. I just got off the phone with Quest Software and...

March 12, 2010  10:00 AM

SQL Server Users Group

Posted by: Colin Smith
Community, Education, Networking, PASS, Training

Tonight I am going to be attending my first SQL Server Users Group here in Phoenix. Here is a link to the Groups site if you would like to join us for future meetings. I am really looking forward to it. Tonight,...

March 11, 2010  10:30 AM

Free Training

Posted by: Colin Smith
DBA, Education, Free, SQL Server, Training

Last week I came into work 2 hours early so I could be a part of a free all day training event. I am very glad that I did , but do not worry if you did not see it live. Since it was all web based you can get all the good content at your own pace. Check it out at

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February 19, 2010  10:30 AM

70-443 Chapter 4

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

More security and some repeat of chapter 3. This is good though, they really hammered home to make sure that you are using AV, Strong Passwords, and things like that from Chapter 3. New information about NTLM and Kerberos Authentication, Certificates for encryption, and a lot of great information...

February 18, 2010  8:25 PM

70-443 Chapter 3

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

Chapter 3 was all about designing SQL Server Security in the enterprise. Again something that I need to start digging into and fixing in my environment. Should be fun though. This chapter talked alot about Domain Level Group Policy as well as Local Group Policies. Using GP in order to force...

February 13, 2010  8:00 AM

70-443 Chapter 2

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

This chapter is all about cosolidation and multiple instances. Not a very long chapter but a great read. I have to say that this cleard up some misconceptions on my part and I really enjoyed the chapter. This chapter talks about instance design and consolidation strategy. I must say that I was a...

February 10, 2010  12:51 AM

70-443 Format

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

The 70-443 book also outlines what to expect on the exam. I think that this is great. After completing the first chapter, and loving it, I am excited about reading about the exam. It seems that this test will be a more engaging test than the first was. This test will have a five page outline of a...

February 9, 2010  12:13 AM

70-443 Chapter 1

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

I will be giving a summary of most of the sections of each chapter. Not all information will be in the summary but the things that I think are most important will be included in my summary. Keep in mind that if you are studing for these certificates that you should go get the book and do the work....

September 16, 2009  4:37 PM

SQL Class

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, SQL, T-SQL, Training

Found a nice article on some basic SQL. Check it out, it is never bad to have the knowledge even if you are not a DBA or SQL Developer.,289483,sid87_gci1368296,00.html?track=sy41

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