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SQL SERVER 2014 Database Licensing, get the facts

Posted by Michael Corey on Mar 18, 2015 4:57:00 PM


License FUD, Both Oracle & Microsoft have it

 Last October I wrote an article on Oracle database licensing, my intent was to poke fun at what I think of as Oracle Galaxy licensing. On the Oracle side there is a lot of FUD concerning licensing and also a rather aggressive stance by the vendor. To me the primary point of an Oracle Audit is to generate revenue.

On the SQL Server side there is also a lot of FUD surrounding database licensing. There is a good reason companies exist to help you navigate the Database Licensing maze.

LicenseMaze

 On the MVP email list today, a question was posed on SQL Server 2014 licensing. Mr Denny a fellow SQL Server MVP of Denny Cherry & Associates consulting sent all the Microsoft SQL Server MVP's a link to a SQL Server 2014 licensing Datasheet.

For any one who has Microsoft SQL Server 2014 license questions, this is a great resource.

SQL Server 2014 Licensing Datasheet

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Topics: Microsoft, SQL Server, Licensing, Database, Microsoft MVP, SQL Server 2014

What does Starbucks and Hosting share in common?

Posted by Michael Corey on Mar 16, 2015 5:03:55 PM


Early One Morning at Starbucks

It is early in the Morning and I stop at a local Starbucks Store to get a much-needed coffee. This is a Starbucks store I rarely ever use. I order my venti dark, and decide today to get a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. Then I move down the line and waited for my breakfast sandwich. The next person in line behind me places their order and comes to stand next to me.

The man who handleds heating things bakery items up at this Starbucks store came with over with an item. Only to my surprise, it was not for me. The item from the oven in his hands was for the person who came after me in line. That person leaves, and another person who ordered after me, joins me to wait. As I wait a while longer the man who handled heating things come by again. At this point, I am sure the item he holds in his hands is for me. Only  to my surprise, it is not. Another person who ordered after me in line walks away.

The man looks directly at me and says, "are you waiting for something?". I say yes, I ordered a Sausage, egg and Cheese. Here is where, I was impressed. He did not ask me for my receipt, he did not make a big deal out of this, did not have to get a manager involved. He say "I will go heat one up right away for you!".

At this point, a few things jump out at me. Starbucks gets it. What I mean by that, they have empowered their employees to take some initiative. He did not have to see my receipt. He did not make a big deal out of it; he directly took action to solve my problem.

As a side note yes, I really do think this way about things. When you run a business like I have for a long time, you try to learn from what others are doing right and wrong. Its the key to improving the business. Not all great ideas are invented within, you have to constantly look outside your organization.

Now I watch as him puts my breakfast sandwich in the oven, I am thinking my long wait is about to be over. He then walks over to the register. He says, "it’s slow right now and is it ok that I take a break". They tell him, no problem and he walks around the corner out of sight.

The Ball Is Fumbled

Just when I am thinking so many good things about Starbucks, my sandwich is sitting in the machine and no one else knows. Even though this member of the Starbucks team, was empowered he clearly dropped the ball. Lesson learned the best of training, the best of plans and when it might count he blows it. This is the real world. 

The Barista, hears the oven beeping. She walks over takes the breakfast sandwich out of the Oven. She looks over at me. We could be best friends by now, I am have been waiting so long watching her make coffee for others. On her way to me, she stops and picks up the card shown below.


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Starbucks Service Recovery Card

This is a service recovery card. The “Next One is on us”. She hands the card over  to me and says "she is sorry". Wow, I am blown away. Those words are always so powerful when said at the right time. What is clear from this interaction, Starbucks is thinking about Customer Service and has a established processes and tools to facilitate high quality customer service. These are long-term bets, which will pay huge dividends over time with customers. This is a company serious about improving the customer service experience.





Zappos, Zingermans helped inspire the Hosting WOW program

At Hosting we have the WOW program. Hosting has taken the time research the best customer service companies (Zappos and Zingermans) in the world to collect best practices.

10 Inspiring Zappos Customer Support Stories

Zingerman's Guide to Giving Great Service

Based upon what was learned Hosting put together a 1 Day training event offered to employees, customers and prospects.  We have had over 50 customers attend the program over that last 3 years.

This was all done to support Hosting's corporate mission “Provide The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud, Supported By The Industry’s Best Team”

At first I was a bit skeptical about the Hosting WOW program. Ntirety was acquired by Hosting in March 2014. At Ntirety we are really proud of our focus on high quality database services, and very high historical client retention rates. So when the management team at Ntirety was required to attend the WOW training my first reaction was not WOW. Well I came out of the other end as a convert. Today Ntirety is better prepared to deliver an awesome customer service experience that ever before. We are an extension of our customer’s team – as a result we need to make sure we are delivering the best customer experience. 

The Hosting WOW training helps ensure we have the processes and tools in place to make World-class customer service  part of our DNA.

What does Starbucks and Hosting share in common

What we share with Starbucks is a desire to have great customer service experience. We have both developed processes, training to help facilitate achieving great customer service. We both empower our employees to make a ‘right’ when they see a wrong. This puts us ahead of the competition.

At Hosting we know you are trusting us with your business, we take that trust very seriously, we will admit when we have made a mistake, and work with you to make it right. We know that if you want world-class customer satisfaction experience; it takes hard work, honesty, strong processes, training and a commitment to be the very best.

I am proud to be part of the Hosting family. Part of a company that strives to provide “The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud".

Dont Take Our Word for It - Net Promoter Score

Don't take my word for it, check out our Net Promoter Score (NPS). NPS is a recognized industry standard for measuring customer loyalty. To learn more about The Net Promoter Score http://www.netpromoter.com/why-net-promoter/know

At the writing of this blog according to Satmetrix the owner of Net Promoter Score (NPS) these where the top ten NPS leaders:

Top Ten Net Promoter Score (NPS) Leaders

The top 10 NPS leaders are dominated by USAA and Apple

  1. USAA - Insurance = 80%
  2. USAA - Banking = 78%
  3. Costco = 78%
  4. Apple - Laptop = 76%
  5. Dillards = 75%
  6. Nordstrom = 75%
  7. Apple - iphone = 70%
  8. Amazon = 69%
  9. Southwest Airlines = 66%
  10. Apple - ipad = 65%

Hosting leads Cloud Computing with Highest NPS Score

At Hosting, we lead Cloud Computing with and NPS score of 65. When I looked at the Rackspace website a competitor of ours, they have a whole page www.rackspace.com/NPS on the value of the Net Promoter Score, yet ironically they don't share their score with you on that page.At Hosting we are transparant and are happy to share our NPS scores. We are not perfect, but we will word hard to live by our Mission:

The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud".

 

What important, is that by measuring and focusing on quality has helped drive Hosting to be the Cloud Computing leader with an NPS score of 65.

 

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Ntirety Among DBTA’s Trend-Setting Products for 2015

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 13, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Ntirety Among DBTA’s Trend-Setting Products for 2015

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Ntirety – The Database Administration As a Service® company has been selected for the 2nd consecutive year by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) to the Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015. To see Ntirety's entry on the DBTA Trend-Setting product this list [Click Here].

At Ntirety we are delighted to be chosen again for such a prestigious list and to see our award winning technology Ntrust® Database Appliance  to again be recognized for the  many unique and game changing capabilities it brings to Ntirety remote DBA services from Self-Healing capabilities to enabling Ntirety’s Data services to be proactive.

How Ntirety is Different

At Ntirety we made a decision early on to use technology as a differentiator. Where many of our competitors use labor arbitrage as a differentiator, what I mean by that. Is: You need a DBA, A DBA in China, India you name the country. The cost of a DBA is cheaper in that country and they provide you that resource and make money by the fact their labor cost is cheaper than yours. At Ntirety we use Technology as a lever. By using our Ntrust Database Appliance, we are able to automate many of the tasks of a DBA, and even self heals proactively a number of common problems database experience. This makes our DBA’s more productive, more cost effective and also improves the overall quality and security of the service.

Its great to have an organization as prestigious as Database Trends and Applications acknowledge that our technology approach continues to be Innovative and trend setting.

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What Does "DBA" Really Stand For..... (Updated 12/02/14)

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 2, 2014 2:01:00 PM

A Fun Look at the DBA

In the technical profession we hear the letters “DBA” spoken a lot and assume they are an acronym for Database Administrator - be it an Oracle DBA, Microsoft SQL Server DBA or MySQL DBA. What if it really means something else? So, a group of us started to come up with the “real” meaning when we say DBA. Here is what we came up with:

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The Real Meaning for "DBA" is....

Data Base Administrator, Don't Be Assertive, Doing Business After-hours, Don't Bother Asking, Don't Be Afraid, Don't Beg Anymore, Dumb But Adorable, Driven By Aggression, Deaf But Astute, Drinking Beer Allday, Drugs Beer and Alcohol, Deep Brain Activity, Deaf But Astute, Dubious Business Acronyms, Default Blame Acceptor, Does Bugger All, Do Be Accurate, Determined Best Always, Database Blamed Always

Future DBA

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Collaborate15 April 12-15 - Las Vegas (Be There or Bust)

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 1, 2014 5:58:00 PM

 

Collaborate15 - My Notice Just Arrived

As a speaker, one of the hardest things you deal with is waiting to see if you’re selected. You come up with a good idea, and then you wait to see if the conference selection committee agrees with you and then chooses from the many other good proposals they received.  To top is all off we all have know many a good speaker who have not been chosen.  So here I am it’s coming to end of November and I wondering:

Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Collaborate15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me add one more thought. I had just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is a very seasoned speaker whose paper had not been selected for Collaborate15. So I open the first of two emails with trepidation.  The first words I read:

 

Congratulations! Your session proposal, 261 Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA, was accepted by the IOUG Conference Committee.

As I open the second email I see:

Congratulations! Your session proposal, 260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right, was accepted by the IOUG Conference Committee.

Woo Hoo

 I have been honored to have both my proposals accepted. 

261 Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA


I am really excited to give this presentation on "Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA".  This is a presentation I first started to give over 10 years ago. This presentation no longer looks the original presentation I gave it. In this presentation I walk through the History of DBA's and then how the Database administration role continues to transform.

The DBA transformation is being caused by a number of social, economical and technological changes that are happening all around us. By understanding these changes, as a Manager or as a line DBA you will be better equipped to deal with the transformation that is happening to database administration.

Ask yourself what impact will a Pure Storage array have on the day-to-day job of a DBA. What impacts will a Hyper converged infrastructure like Nutanix have on the DBA.  Did you know over 40% of data professionals intend to leave the data management field within 10 year according Unisphere Research “The Vanishing Database Administrator: Survey of Data Professionals Career Aspirations”.  This and many other social impacts will be discussed in this presentation.

 

41% DBAS to Change Professions


 

260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right

The other presentation Titled 260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right" is on how to Virtualize Databases. Notice I don’t say virtualize Oracle, I don’t say Virtualize Microsoft SQL Server, I call it virtualizing databases. In fact any business critical application like SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server to an Oracle database is covered. The concepts and techniques will work for all of them. This presentation is based upon a presentation I gave at VMworld that made the top 10 presentations given there. Making the TOP-10 at VMworld is not an easy thing to do. A lot of great information is shared in this presentation. I hope you take the time to attend.

Collaborate15 - Be there or Bust

Vegas or Bust Collaborate15

Collaborate15 is being held in Las Vegas from April 12-15th at Mandalay Bay. This is a great event coupled with a great location to hold a conference. This is one event that covers the entire Oracle Application, Database and development suite. Its run by the Oracle user community which means less of the Marketing message and more of what you need to know to be successful with Oracle suite of Products and Technologies. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), The Application Oracle Users Group (OAUG) and the Quest International Oracle Users Group (QUEST) run this event.
The Products covered by this event include:
Oracle ProductUser Group
Agile OAUG
Demantra OAUG
E-Business Suite OAUG
Essbase IOUG
Engineered Systems IOUG
Fusion Middleware IOUG
Hyperion Applications OAUG
JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Quest
JD Edwards World Quest
Oracle Database (e.g., 12c) IOUG
Oracle Fusion Applications OAUG/Quest
Oracle Utilities Quest
PeopleSoft Quest
Primavera OAUG/Quest
Siebel OAUG/IOUG
WebCenter IOUG

This is my favorite conference to attend when it comes to Oracle technologies and products. I make it a point to go each and every year. Hope I see you there

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Thanksgiving Myths,Cooking the Turkey Tips and favorite Recipe 2014

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 2:50:00 PM

The Thanksgiving Holiday is almost upon us. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, full of good food and friends. Every year we have quite a big group at my house. I think the count this year will be over 20 people. As I think about thanksgiving, its hard not to think about the Pilgrims. So I decided to do a little web search and see what came up that I might share with you. At the End of this I will give you some useful information on how to cook your Thanksgiving turkey and share how I like to cook the turkey.

On the  History News Network, I came across Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

Here are a portion of that article...

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

By Rick Shenkman

MYTH # 1

The Pilgrims Held the First Thanksgiving

To see what the first Thanksgiving was like you have to go to: Texas. Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598 -- twenty-three years before the Pilgrims' festival. For several years they have staged a reenactment of the event that culminated in the Thanksgiving celebration: the arrival of Spanish explorer Juan de Onate on the banks of the Rio Grande. De Onate is said to have held a big Thanksgiving festival after leading hundreds of settlers on a grueling 350-mile long trek across the Mexican desert.

Then again, you may want to go to Virginia.. At the Berkeley Plantation on the James River they claim the first Thanksgiving in America was held there on December 4th, 1619....two years before the Pilgrims' festival....and every year since 1958 they have reenacted the event. In their view it's not the Mayflower we should remember, it's the Margaret, the little ship which brought 38 English settlers to the plantation in 1619. The story is that the settlers had been ordered by the London company that sponsored them to commemorate the ship's arrival with an annual day of Thanksgiving. Hardly anybody outside Virginia has ever heard of this Thanksgiving, but in 1963 President Kennedy officially recognized the plantation's claim.

MYTH # 2

Thanksgiving Was About Family

If by Thanksgiving, you have in mind the Pilgrim festival, forget about it being a family holiday. Put away your Norman Rockwell paintings. Turn off Bing Crosby. Thanksgiving was a multicultural community event. If it had been about family, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them.

MYTH # 3

Thanksgiving Was About Religion

No it wasn't. Paraphrasing the answer provided above, if Thanksgiving had been about religion, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them. Besides, the Pilgrims would never have tolerated festivities at a true religious event. Indeed, what we think of as Thanksgiving was really a harvest festival. Actual "Thanksgivings" were religious affairs; everybody spent the day praying. Incidentally, these Pilgrim Thanksgivings occurred at different times of the year, not just in November.

MYTH # 4

The Pilgrims Ate Turkey

What did the Pilgrims eat at their Thanksgiving festival? They didn't have corn on the cob, apples, pears, potatoes or even cranberries. No one knows if they had turkey, although they were used to eating turkey. The only food we know they had for sure was deer. 11(And they didn't eat with a fork; they didn't have forks back then.)

So how did we get the idea that you have turkey and cranberry and such on Thanksgiving? It was because the Victorians prepared Thanksgiving that way. And they're the ones who made Thanksgiving a national holiday, beginning in 1863, when Abe Lincoln issued his presidential Thanksgiving proclamations...two of them: one to celebrate Thanksgiving in August, a second one in November. Before Lincoln Americans outside New England did not usually celebrate the holiday. (The Pilgrims, incidentally, didn't become part of the holiday until late in the nineteenth century. Until then, Thanksgiving was simply a day of thanks, not a day to remember the Pilgrims.)

MYTH # 5

The Pilgrims Landed on Plymouth Rock

According to historian George Willison, who devoted his life to the subject, the story about the rock is all malarkey, a public relations stunt pulled off by townsfolk to attract attention. What Willison found out is that the Plymouth Rock legend rests entirely on the dubious testimony of Thomas Faunce, a ninety-five year old man, who told the story more than a century after the Mayflower landed. Unfortunately, not too many people ever heard how we came by the story of Plymouth Rock. Willison's book came out at the end of World War II and Americans had more on their minds than Pilgrims then. So we've all just gone merrily along repeating the same old story as if it's true when it's not. And anyway, the Pilgrims didn't land in Plymouth first. They first made landfall at Provincetown. Of course, the people of Plymouth stick by hoary tradition. Tour guides insist that Plymouth Rock is THE rock.

MYTH # 6

Pilgrims Lived in Log Cabins

No Pilgrim ever lived in a log cabin. The log cabin did not appear in America until late in the seventeenth century, when it was introduced by Germans and Swedes. The very term "log cabin" cannot be found in print until the 1770s. Log cabins were virtually unknown in England at the time the Pilgrims arrived in America. So what kind of dwellings did the Pilgrims inhabit? As you can see if you visit Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims lived in wood clapboard houses made from sawed lumber.

MYTH # 7

Pilgrims Dressed in Black

Not only did they not dress in black, they did not wear those funny buckles, weird shoes, or black steeple hats. So how did we get the idea of the buckles? Plimoth Plantation historian James W. Baker explains that in the nineteenth century, when the popular image of the Pilgrims was formed, buckles served as a kind of emblem of quaintness. That's the reason illustrators gave Santa buckles. Even the blunderbuss, with which Pilgrims are identified, was a symbol of quaintness. The blunderbuss was mainly used to control crowds. It wasn't a hunting rifle. But it looks out of date and fits the Pilgrim stereotype. 

How Long to Cook the Turkey

At my House, we always wonder how long to cook the turkey. Here is some very useful information on how to Cook a Turkey...

Consumer Information From USDA
Slightly Revised November 1998

Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking

Turkeys Are Cooking Faster Than Before

But "timing's NOT everything." Recommended cooking techniques must also be followed. A meat thermometer should be used to ensure a sufficient internal temperature has been reached to destroy bacteria and prevent foodborne illness -- as well as to prevent overcooking.

Many variables can affect the roasting time of the whole bird:

  • A partially frozen bird requires longer cooking.
  • Dark roasting pans cook faster than shiny metals.
  • The depth and size of the pan can reduce heat circulation to all areas of the bird.
  • The use of a foil tent for the entire time can slow cooking.
  • Use of the roasting pan's lid speeds cooking.
  • An oven cooking bag can accelerate cooking time.
  • A stuffed bird takes longer to cook.
  • Oven may heat food unevenly.
  • Calibration of the oven's thermostat may be inaccurate.
  • The rack position can have an effect on even cooking and heat circulation.
  • A turkey or its pan may be too large for the oven, thus blocking heat circulation.

ROASTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAFETY AND DONENESS:

1. Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F. Preheating is not necessary.

2. Be sure the turkey is completely thawed. Times are based on fresh or completely thawed frozen birds at a refrigerator temperature of 40 °F or below.

3. Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep.

Optional steps:

  • Tuck wing tips back under shoulders of bird (called "akimbo").
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the pan.
  • In the beginning, a tent of aluminum foil may be placed loosely over the breast of the turkey for the first 1 to 1 1/2 hours, then removed for browning. Or, a tent of foil may be placed over the turkey after the turkey has reached the desired golden brown.

4. If a meat thermometer is not available, cook stuffing in a casserole. Mix ingredients just before stuffing a turkey; stuff loosely. Additional time is required for the turkey and stuffing to reach a safe internal temperature (see chart below).

5. For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a meat thermometer.

The temperature must reach 180 °F in the thigh of a whole turkey (center of the stuffing should reach 165 °F) before removing it from the oven. Cook a turkey breast to 170 °F.

6. Juices should be clear. In the absence of a meat thermometer, pierce an unstuffed turkey with a fork in several places; juices should be clear with no trace of pink.

7. Let the bird stand 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES

UNSTUFFED

  • 4 to 6 lb breast.....1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hrs
  • 6 to 8 lb breast...2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hrs
  • 8 to 12 lbs................2 3/4 to 3 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs..............3 to 3 3/4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs........3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs........4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs..............4 1/2 to 5 hrs

STUFFED

  • 8 to 12 lbs...............3 to 3 1/2 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs..............3 1/2 to 4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs..............4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs........4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs........4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hrs

 

For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Food Safety Education and Communications Staff
Meat and Poultry Hotline:

  • 1-800-535-4555 (Tollfree Nationwide)
  • (202) 720-3333 (Washington, DC area)
  • 1-800-256-7072 (TDD/TTY)

Source:
Food Safety and Inspection Service,
Food Safety Education & Communications Staff
(202) 720-7943; Fax (202) 720-9063


USDA Food Safety Publications

What To Do When All Else Fails Cooking The Turkey

 Butterball is the nations largest turkey producer. They have run a hotline for many years. Where you can call and get help. They are very good.

Butterball
Turkey Talk-Line®

E-mail talkline@butterball.com now
Call: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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The Butterball Caclulator -- Check it out really Neat Tool

http://www.butterball.com/calculators-and-conversions

 

My Favorite Way to Cook a Turkey

My Grandmother always cooked the turkey in a paper bag. That is a tradition that I have not continued. I found it hard to find Brown Paper Bags with out any ink imprint on them. I Prefer to Brine my Turkey for a few days. I create a brine and then soak my Turkey in it. Here is my brine recipe:

Brine Ingredients (Based Upon 20lb-24lb Turkey)

 

3          Quarts Apple Cider

4          Quarts Water

1.5       Cups Coarse Sea Salt

1.5       Pounds Dark Brown Suga

4          Oranges Quartered

6          Ounces Fresh Ginger

20       Cloves Chopped

9          Fresh Bay Leaves

9          Large Garlic Cloves

Directions:

In Large Sauce Pan: Over High Heat. Bring the Cider, Brown Sugar and Salt to a Boil.
Make sure You stir to dissolve the sugar and Salt. Cook for 1 minute, remove from heat. Allow Mixture to Cool.

In 5 Gallon Bucket or Pan.: Combine the water, oranges, ginger, Cloves, Bay Leaves & Garlic. I squeeze the oranges and put skin and all into mix. Then Add what you heated into the sauce pan to this bucket.

Prepare Turkey: Remove and discard fat from Turkey Cavity. Submerge Turkey in Brine. Place heavy weight on turkey to make sure its submerged. (24+ Hours in Refrigerator) I do 2-3 days. I also fill up a one Gallon Zip lock bag wth water and use at the weights to hold turkey down.

Remove Turkey from Brine: Pat down with Paper Towel till dry. Lightly brush turkey with Vegetable Oil.

Then place in oven and cook. I prefer to smoke it. I put it in a pan. I add some water to the pan. Then use Apple, Cherry and very little mesquite to wood.

I always use a thermometer to make sure turkey is cooked all the way through.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog. May you and your family have a happy and Healty Thanksgiving

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What Does "DBA" Really Mean

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 2:37:00 PM

A Fun Look at the DBA

A bunch of us got together and put our heads together for what DBA really stand for. Regardless of if its, an Oracle DBA, SQL Server DBA, DB2 DBA, MySQL DBA. Here is the list we came up wth. I am sure we can find a few more, If you have one that is not on the list please share with us.

 

  • DBA Stands For......
  • Data Base Administrator
  • Don't be assertive
  • Doing business after-hours
  • Don't bother asking
  • Don't be afraid
  • Don't beg anymore
  • Dumb But Adorable
  • Driven By Aggression
  • Deaf But Astute
  • Drinking Beer Allday
  • Drugs Beer and Alcohol
  • Deep Brain Activity
  • Deaf But Astute
  • Dubious Business Acronyms
  • Default Blame Acceptor
  • Does Bugger All
  • Do Be Accurate
  • Determined Best Always
  • Database Blamed Always

Future DBA

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SQLSaturday - One Coming Your Way Soon

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 1:40:00 PM

Should My Son Become an Oracle DBA or SQL Server DBA?

My oldest son asked me for some career advice a few years ago. He was torn between going down the path of becoming an Oracle Database administrator or going down the path of being a Microsoft SQL Server DBA.  My son asked me share with him what I thought he should do.  

 

Oracle DBA or Microsoft SQL Server DBA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I share with you the answer I gave my son and why. A little background information on myself. I started my career with Oracle version 3.  I was lucky enough early on to also work with both Sybase and SQL Server. At different points in time I have been active in both the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server community.

Both the Oracle RDMS and Microsoft SQL Server database are great products. Just attend any event and by the second time, you will feel like you are with people you have know a very long time. Where I think SQL Server has a huge advantage is their community.  The SQL Server community is a family of people who care and are passionate about the technology.  There are constantly venues all over the world where you can go to better yourself Microsoft’s technology for little of no money.  Yes for little or no money.

When I go to different events like VMWorld and I ask how many people have ever heard of SQL Saturday I am always amazed at how few people raise there hands. Usually less that 100 out of a thousand have heard of the events.

A SQL Saturdays are a mini conference where you can learn about all  facets of Microsoft’s technology. You give up a Saturday, and for the cost of lunch you will receive a full days of education with others who are there to share and learn. My hat goes off to the Board of the Professional Association of SQL Server.  Who have through smart leadership nurtured SQL Saturdays and the many local volunteers who make them possible. This and many other reasons is why I said to my Son, go down the path and become a SQL Server DBA.

If you care about being a better Professional and you work with MIcrosoft SQL Server, then make time to attend one of these upcoming events.

Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #359 - Istanbul 2014
Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #351 - Lima 2014
Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #347 - Washington DC 2014
Dec 13, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #356 - Slovenia 2014
Dec 13, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #354 - Charleston 2014
Jan 17, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #363 - Nashville 2015
Jan 19, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #360 - Israel 2015
Jan 24, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #346 - El Salvador 2015
Jan 31, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #362 - Austin 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #365 - Melbourne 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #358 - Albuquerque 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #374 - Vienna 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #371 - Tampa 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #370 - Phoenix 2015
Mar 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #367 - Pordenone 2015
Mar 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #375 - Silicon Valley 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #376 - Budapest 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #364 - Boston 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #368 - Costa Rica 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #372 - Exeter 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #361 - Joinville 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #366 - Ottawa 2015
May 09, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #339 - Shanghai 2015
May 09, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #373 - Puerto Rico 2015
May 16, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #369 - Lisbon 2015
May 23, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #377 - Kiev 2015
May 23, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #378 - Curacao 2015
May 30, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #380 - New York City 2015
Jun 13, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #379 - South Florida 2015

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Oracle Database licensing on VMware vSphere Resources

Posted by Michael Corey on Oct 14, 2014 5:08:00 AM

Primary Goal of Oracle Salesperson

An oracle salesperson primary goal is to sell you are much Oracle product and services as possible. Using a little FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) can go a long way to helping that salesperson make quota and more importantly generate as much revenue as possible.  This article is about resources that can help make sure you don't over pay Oracle license fees and can see past the FUD that is way to often out there.

A good example of this FUD happens each time I present on Virtualizing Oracle databases on VMware at a major conference like VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld or IOUG Collaborate.

At each Q&A portion of my presentation a person in the audience brings up the point. “I was told by Oracle that the database is not supported on VMware”. Which is absolutely not true.  Yet this particular piece of FUD which started years ago continues to be spread around. This happens so often; I am beginning to think that some of these people in the audience when I present are a plants to help continue to spread thus miss-information.

Metalink Note 249212.1

This issue was put to rest over 7 years ago in 2007 when Oracle released Oracle Official Support Policy Metalink Note 249212.1 States they will support Oracle Databases, Applications & Middleware virtualized on VMware. Oracle RAC 11.2.0.2 and Later is also officially supported.

In addition to what Oracle support provides you as a VMware customer have access to the Global Support team at VMware, which has a team of Oracle specialists.  Make sure you ask to deal with them, if the problem is in any way database related.

Galaxy Licensing  - Resistance is Futile

As I think about the FUD, I am hearing of late. The idea of Galaxy licensing comes to mind. . Here is an example of what I mean by Galaxy licensing. If in your organization you have a 4-node cluster. Oracle stance would be that you have to license all 4 nodes. Even if the software had never been run or installed on 2 of those nodes.

Think about this, you have never installed or run the Oracle database on 2 of the nodes, why would Oracle ever be entitled to additional licensee fees.  You might even have set up affinity rules within vSphere that prevented the database from running on two of those nodes. Oracle would still tell you needed to license all 4 nodes.

Galaxy Pricing License Scheme

What is next; Galaxy licensing.  Where my servers are in the same Galaxy, so I owe oracle additional license fees.. To me this is just another way that FUD is being used to maximize revenue.  First we had Oracle Audits, now we have a new licensing scheme Galaxy licensing all designed have you spend more money with Oracle.

When determining what you owe oracle for licenses the only thing that is relevant is the details in your contract.  Let me say that again. When determining what you owe oracle for licenses the only thing that is relevant is the details in your contract. 

Oracle Database License on VMware Resources

Here are some resources you should take the time to look at:

Oracle Licensing: Soft Partitioning on VMware is Your Contractual Right

http://houseofbrick.com/oracle-licensing-soft-partitioning-on-vmware-is-your-contractual-right-2/

VMworld TV – Oracle on licensing VMware / virtualized environments (Updated)

http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/2012/08/29/vmworld-richard-garsthagen-oracle-on-licensing-vmware-virtualized-environments/

Virtualizing Oracle: Caging the Licensing Dragon

http://t.co/2KmUc4ZB

Virtualizing Oracle to Save on Licensing Costs

http://www.vmworld.com/docs/DOC-6144

Understanding Oracle Certification, Support and Licensing for VMware Environments

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmw-understanding-oracle-certification-supportlicensing-environments.pdf

Oracle Support Policy

https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/oracle-support

Virtualzing Business Critical Applications

http://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/

 

Oracle FUD – The Phantom Menace: Licensing on VMware vSphere

http://longwhiteclouds.com/2014/10/04/oracle-fud-the-phantom-menace-licensing-on-vmware-vsphere/

 

 

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Elite SQL Server database virtualization Workshop Day 1-3

Posted by Michael Corey on Sep 18, 2014 4:02:00 PM

Elite SQL Server Workshop from VMware and PureStorage

VMware and PureStorage together sponsored a workshop that took place at VMware corporate headquarters where they took a roomful of SQL Server experts many of whom are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP’s) and spent three days sharing with them VMware coupled with PureStorage as a platform for SQL Server database virtualization.

SQL Server Workshop Classroom

Picture Above: Classroom Where Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop Was Held

All attendees were required to sign an NDA.  Beyond the future product direction we were all free to share our opinions. This was a very gutsy move for VMware and PureStorage to make. This group of SQL Server experts is very vocal and not shy of sharing their opinions good and bad on social media with the technology community. If there was a flaw in this technology, this group would be sure to find it and more importantly share it with the technology community at large.

The event was amazing. Don't take just my word for it take the word of the many other SQL Server experts who attended:

SQLRockstar Twitter comment

@SQLRockstar "Best. Training. Class. Ever #vmware"

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@mrdenny Agreed RT @sqlRockstar So far #vmware has set a VERY high bar for any future training class I attend.

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@Kleegeek Thank you #vmware for an absolutely amazing week wth #sqlserver crew. I had high expectations and you guys delivered and then some!

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@GFritchey Pretty amazing event. Thanks #VMware for all of it

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@CBellDBA Amazing week with @vmware & @purestorage , but happy to be heading home. Thanks for a great week guys! Lots of amazing info!


At Ntirety we were fortunate to have 3 people attend the Elite SQL Server database virtualization workshop. Here are our thoughts on the event:

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@SQLBeat Headed home to Orlando today from #vmware SQL workshop. Fantastic event. Thanks to all who put this together.

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@DBA_ANDY Definitely +1 >> RT @SQLRockstar: Best. Training. Class Ever. #vmware

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@michael_corey The #sqlserver database virtualization workshop held at #vmware exceeded all my expectations - outstanding thank you #vsphere #vmware

As the many conversations happened over the three days, the conversation came up a few timeson how this compared to an Microsoft MVP summit. A Microsoft MVP Summit, I have always heard is suppose to be excellent, that it is a real treat to be able to attend a Microsoft MVP Summit. The first Microsoft MVP Summit I am able to attend is coming up this year and I am really excited at attending.

What I heard from quite a few of the more seasoned SQL Server MVP's at this Elite SQL Server Database virtualization workshop that VMware and PureStorage put on was much better than a Microsoft MVP Summit. That Microsoft could learn a few things from this event. That indeed is a very high standard. A tribute to the fine Job Don Sullivan, Deji Akomolafe of VMware for putting this event together. Special thanks to Michael Adams of VMware and Avinash Nayak of PureStorage for having the vision to support this event and enable Don and Deji to bring this event to the SQL Server Community.

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Pictured Above @mrdenney @gfritchey @gunneyk talking at break

No Marketing - Just Solid Technical Information & Collaboration

What I think really set this Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop apart was two-fold. The Attendees. A room full of SQL Server experts many of whom are Microsoft SQL Server MVPS.  The second major reason that set this workshop apart both VMware and PureStorage did not waste our time with Marketing Fluff. Both Companies brought their A-Team of speakers who really knew their products. Allowed us to ask any questions we had and more importantly listened to any feedback we had. This commitment to listening to the feedback is long term. Both VMware and PureStorage seemed to genuinely care about what we had to say and take it into account in helping to determine product direction.

Long Term Special Conduit to VMware Office of CTO

VMware has committed to the SQL Servr experts that they will have a long term special communication conduit to the VMware Office of the CTO. To quote Don Sullivan from who is an ambassador of the VMware Office of the CTO "The feedback that we have collected from the Engineers and Tech Marketing specialists was that they are all thrilled to have had the opportunity to interact with a group such as yourselves on both a technical professional level as well as a personal level"

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Picture Above Don Sullivan an ambassador of the VMware Office of the CTO

Based upon the very engaged dialouge we had at this event from all the particpants, I think this direct line of communcation with the VMware office of the CTO is something that will be very beneficial to the SQL Server community now and over time.

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 Picture Above: Very Engaged Speakers

PureStorage SQL Server Advisory Councl

In the words of Avinash Nayak "1) Establish SQL Server advisory council – I would like to invite you all to be part of a new advisory council that I am setting up. Your feedback on product direction, messaging etc. will be invaluable to us as we look to grow our SQL Server solution. We would love for you to participate in this program as much as your time will permit (I will follow up with more details). This is one of many steps that PureStorage has commited too as a result of this Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop.

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 Pictured Above Avinash Nayak at SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop

What is clear both the attendees and speakers from VMware and PureStorage benefited from the collaboration that took place this week. It was great to be part of something so special.

Commitment From The Very Top at VMware

Its no wonder so much goodness came out of this workshop with such strong commitment from VMware. The opening speaker from VMware was the CEO of VMware Pat Gelsinger. It was refreshing to have a CEO who could really talk Technical. The SQL Server experts did not hold back, it was a very engaging conversation.

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Pictured Above right to left Pat Gelsinger, Michael Corey, Michael Adams as we present Pat a copy of my the book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware co-authored with Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster

Commitment From The Very Top At PureStorage

Scott Dietzen the CEO of PureStorage also came to spend time with group. Once again we had a CEO who could talk Tech. Since this is my blog, I am going to take show you a picture of when we presented Scott a copy of my book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware.

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 Pictured Above RIght to Left Michael Adams, Michael Corey and Scott Dietzen as we presented a copy of Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware that I co-authored with Jeff Szastak and Michael Webster

What is clear both VMware and PureStorage made commitment to doing this event right. Letting their technology stand on its capabilites. We were not disapointed. At one point an observation was made that a room full of Microsoft MVP's could not make the PureStorage array even break into a little sweat.

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 Pictured above a PureStorage Array not even feeling the strain from a room of SQL Server MVP'

Now in the defence of the attendees of the SQL Server workshop, given enough time I am sure we could have brought anyones storage array to its knees. It was fun watching us put strain on the infastructure and see it handle it with ease.

Elite SQL Server Database Virtualiztion Speaker Line-Up was awesome

By holding the event at VMware headquarters in Pal Alto California made it very easy for both PureStorage and VMware to bring in the subject matter experts in each of the areas we covered. When that was not possible, we would do a webex. This meant that sometimes the speaker at the other end was up very late. It also once again demostrated a commitment from both these companies to getting  SQL Server experts in the workshop in front of the right subject matter experts.

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 Picture above: Group of subject matter experts from VMware

As I attended the workshop I felt like I was drinking out of a fire-hose. So this list of speakers just does not do it Justice. So here is a partial list of who presented at the workshop.

  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware
  • Sott Dietzen, CEO PureStorage
  • David Klee, Founder Heraflux Technologies (One of the SQL Server MVP's in the room)
  • Don Sullivan Ambassador of the VMware CTO Office  
  • Deji Akomolafe, VMware
  • Avinash Nayak, PureStorage
  • Richard Mcdougall, Principal Engineer, VMware

The Agenda included:

  • Storage Fundementals
  • Windows Clustering
  • vSphere Core Networking
  • NSX & VCNS
  • Future of IT and Storage
  • Management and Monitoring
  • Disaster Recovery in a vSphere Infastructure
  • Converged Storage
  • Vsan

This list of agenda items and speakers does not begin to do this workshop justice. It was hard to take notes as you are drinking out of a fire-hose.

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Pictured Above Jeff Buell, Performance Guru, VMware

 

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Pictured Above: Group of PureStorage Speakers at workshop

This was just so much good technical information passed back and forth. It was clear that the speakers learned as much as they taught at this Elite SQL Server Database virtualization workshop.

 

Favorite Quotes From The Elite SQL Server Database Virtualization Workshop

Kevin Kline "Sucktacular SQL it can thrash any amount of hardware"

"PureStorae has taken the complexity of managing the storage array away."

PureStorage speaker "No nerd knobs to turn on our array"

Other Comments made worth mentioning.

@DBA_ANDY "That and the viability of considering flash storage arrays - I never had taken it seriously before other than as a single drive"

@DBArgenis "I'm thinking that disk (properly configured, of course) will not be a bottleneck for anyone in 3-5 years."

PureStorage  "we have an all inclusive pricing model"

PureStorage "We will see these things get bigger, cheaper and faster over time"

 "If its on the internet it must be true, we combat that every day"

Two things we see when customers look at flash 1. Cost's 2. Fear of change/FUD -- Fix cost and DBA's will get past

"PureStorage is fixing the mediocre crap we all have to do"

"Raid and spindles is designed for device failure. Raid with flash is very different"

"PureStorage has taken the complexity of managing the storage array away."

"NSX - Before the traffic even leaves the hypervisor we can make decisions"

VMware is bringing same benefits to server consolation are now being brought to the network

#2 area where problems happen when attempting to virtualize SQL Server is the Network being done

incorrectly

@DBArgenis I just met PureStorage CEO, Scott Dietzen So refreshing to hear how they're disrupting

storage.

OH: Spinning disk speed to memory speed is as an F-16 to a slug.

Richard Mcdougall VMware "99% of the problems with a database is a storage problem"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "we have NPS scores in the 70's & 80's highest in the industry"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "Microsoft continues to be a very close partner"

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "We focus much much more on software...."

Scott Dietzen CEO of PureStorage "IPOD was a great thing for the flash industry"

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger "we're going to virtualize every application - every single frickin' one"

Pat Gelsinger at SQL Server Database Virtualization workshop quote "Most important application is the database"

 

Long 3-days Workshop Almost Over

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Pictured Above: Getting Ready to go to a Baseball Game

 

 

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Pictured Above: The VMware SQL Workshop on the Score Board at the baseball game.

It was a very productive week. We all leaned so much both the speakers and the attendess. We all made some new friends. We all gained more insight into what a powerful combination SQL Server sitting on a VMware virtualized platform with a storage array powered by Pure Storage is. It was great to be part of it.

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