Wide open steps, do not a process make

Published On: 2017-10-23By:

bad blog instructionsI found the above instructions on a blog post I was trying to use to fix an issue in visual studio recently. (Ignore the fact that I was in Visual Studio and focus on the screenshot.)   This post has 4 step.  Step 1, which you can see above has two warnings in it, but now followup information about what to do it you get the errors that it says.  It doesn’t give you links out to posts on how to fix these critical errors.  In fact, I could go no further in working through this issue in Visual Studio. I ended up simply copying the code manually from one branch to another as that took me 20 minutes and I spent 6 hours trying to figure out how to fix the issue.

When it comes to writing blog posts, writing for the expert is fine, but at the least, you need to have links out for the beginner, if not put those details in your post.  Not everyone out there is an expert and knows how to use products at the Scott Hanselman level.  If they did we wouldn’t need blog posts on how to do things.  Some people like myself and really good in some areas (SQL Server) and not others (Visual Studio) and posts should cater to everyone.

Denny

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PASS Summit 2017 Speaker Idol Judges

Published On: 2017-10-16By:

I know I’ve been really slacking on getting this year judges list for speaker idol posted. A lot of this is just because of everything else that’s been going on leading up to the PASS summit, specifically my insane travel schedule to SQL Saturday’s Microsoft Ignite, and the SQL 2017 Launch, and shifting the schedule to slide the judges in where possible so there are no conflicts.

Without delay, and in no specific order, here are your 2017 Speaker Idol Judges.

  • Karen Lopez
  • Joey D’Antoni
  • Kendra Little
  • Mark Simms
  • Allan Hirt

(Even spelled correctly this year)

I know our judges are going to give all 12 of our contestants some great feedback, and they are going to do a great job picking out first PASS Summit 2018 speaker.

Denny

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PASS Summit Speaker Idol Lineup Change Redux

Published On: 2017-10-12By:

We’ve had another change to the PASS Summit speaker idol line up. Tzahi has had to withdraw due to work commitments and won’t be able to attend the PASS summit at all this year.  Which is good news for Jeremy Frye as he will be taking the open spot.  Like all the contestants we with Jeremy the best of luck and we’ll see everyone at the PASS summit.

Your new and improved speaker idol line up now stands at:

Your Wednesday lineup for speaker idol is:

  • Jim Donahoe
  • Brian Carrig
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • Robert Volk

Your Thursday lineup for Speaker Idol is:

  • Javier Villegas
  • Eric Peterson
  • Ed Watson
  • Dennes Torres

Your Friday lineup for Speaker Idol is:

  • Daniel de Sousa
  • Joseph Barth
  • Jeremy Frye
  • Simon Whiteley

Denny

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DR is more than just building an AG

Published On: 2017-10-09By:

Building, implementing and executing a proper DR plan successfully is a challenging undertaking. It is a lot more complicated

Plane missing an engine

than most experienced IT professionals and/or consultants think it is. This is because there are a LOT of moving parts to build a DR platform that’s going to fail over and allow the application to keep working.  I’ve been bringing this point up in my sessions a lot recently. Our job in IT isn’t to build the cool, slick, sexy, solution.  Our job is to make it so that the sales guy can sell widgets.  Whatever widgets your company sells, the job of IT is to help the sales guy sell widgets.  If the sales guy can’t sell widgets (and the shipping department can’t fulfill those orders and everything else that goes with selling widgets) then your company doesn’t get paid. If the company doesn’t get paid, then you don’t get paid. Then you have a pissed off spouse, and a pissed off mortgage company.  And these aren’t good things to have.  So let’s get back to talking about helping the sales team sell widgets.

HA Failover is pretty straightforward. There’s no data loss, everything is done using two-phase commit as it’s all inside the data center.  So I don’t want to talk about that.  I want to talk about when things really fall apart.  The production site fails.  Things are getting really interesting.  Lets design for this.

Now let’s

just talk about what we need to think about.

  • Active Directory
  • IP Space
  • Subnetting
  • Connection String Issues
  • Alerting
  • Remote Access
  • Connectivity
  • End-user application access (web front end)
  • Employee access (web / fat client)

That’s a lot of things that have to be thought about.  You’ll notice that I haven’t even talked about the database stuff yet.  Once we get into the database stuff starts getting more complex.

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
  • Recovery Time Object (RTO)
  • Am I using features that make availability groups not supportable (probably not on current versions)
  • How many replicas do I need?
  • Am I correctly licensed?
  • Can I do this in the cloud?
  • Should I do this in the cloud?
  • How many values do I need to skip for sequences and IDENTITY columns?

This is clearly a complex topic. Because of this, we’ve put together a roundtable of experts on high availability and disaster recovery to have a roundtable discussion to talk about some of this complexities that there are that people stumble on.  The webinar will be at 11 am Pacific Time / 2 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 24th.

To register for the webinar so that we can remind you about it, click over to our registration page.  Download the Outlook calendar entry and we’ll remind you when it’s time for the webcast. Can’t make it on the 24th? No problem. We’ll be recording the webcast and sharing making it available for viewing after for free.

When it comes to DR, you only get one chance. If you screw it up the company goes out of business so you really need to be taking your DR planning experience from the very best. And that’s who we have scheduled for our round table.

Denny

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