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Learn about SQL Server in Azure in Madison, WI

You: curious about Azure, wondering if it’s right for your organization. You run some SQL Server databases, but don’t know if you would use a VM in Azure, or should jump into an Azure SQL Database. You know there are some differences and complexities, but aren’t sure how to work with them. Me: ready to […]


5 Questions with Derik Hammer

It was October 2013, and I was in Charlotte, NC. I’d attended Red Gate’s SQL in the City event during the day, and was heading over to register for PASS Summit. I started chatting with one of the SQL in the City attendees. He was a DBA familiar with Red Gate’s tools and events, but […]


Prepare to Set Sail on SQL Cruise Caribbean 2016

Here in the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin, winter is setting in – this weekend, temperatures didn’t rise above freezing, and snow fell in some parts of the state. I have my cold-weather running gear out – fleece-lined tights, wind-proof jacket, hats, mittens, and trail shoes – and my snowshoes are hanging in the garage. For […]


5 Questions with Amanda Crisp

Up next in my 5 Questions series is an interview with a dog-rescuing, SAN-loving DBA from Minnesota – Amanda Crisp (linkedin | twitter | blog). Amanda and I have gone back and forth across the border to the Madison and Minneapolis SQL Saturdays many times, and always make sure to catch up. She’s one of […]


5 Questions With Meagan Longoria

Every year, the Wisconsin SQL Server user groups combine forces to host a SQL Saturday in Madison. It’s always a great day to learn things, but it’s also fun to have presenters come from all over the U.S. This year, Meagan Longoria (blog | twitter | linkedin) – who I knew from Twitter – came […]


5 Questions with Mike Fal

Today, let me introduce you to Mike Fal (blog | twitter | linkedin). His blog header says a lot about him – it shows a pile of SQL books and a trombone – but it isn’t everything. First, it can’t show his sense of humor, or love of a good beer. Second, it doesn’t convey […]


Turning a Notepad outline into a PowerPoint presentation

One of the tasks that I find the hardest is to create a new presentation. I have the ideas, but I have to put in the work to make them good. I like to do so with as little distraction as possible, so I start them in Notepad. Not WordPad, not Notepadd ++, but plain old notepad.exe. […]


Windows 10, how I doth hateth thee mostest

How’s it going folks, thought I’d get another post written up before I switch over to video logs in the future (watch this space). So I don’t really need to do a big introduction to Windows 10, there was a lot of buzz going about the internet not least due in part to the upgrade […]


Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #453 Pre-Conference Seminars!

Before we know it, October will be upon us and it will be time for another SQL Saturday Minnesota!  If you have not yet registered for this free day of training on October 10th, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, […]


100th post

This is my 100th blog post here at LessthanDot! (I’m not lying, check for yourself) I started blogging at the end of 2012, almost 3 years ago and it has been an amazing ride so far. I’ve apparently gathered almost 1.5 million views (I don’t really trust that figure :)) and 260 comments.  My most popular […]

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