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MCM Live Blog – Week December 13

Watching videos?! Su-ure!

If you’re reading this, it must be Monday morning.  Oh dear, that means I am officially starting my public studying for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) exam.  I’ve already failed this exam once and am not really up for failing again. To help prevent this, I figured studying through my blog and noting the things that I read, watch, listen, and play with may be helpful to others going through this as well.

I’m not going to make a dozen of these posts each week since that would become really irritating.  Instead, I plan to write the posts into a live blog.  It should be interesting since I’ve never done live blogging before.  And in most cases, live blogging is a bit more active than I am doing and not over a week but a few hours.

A second goal of this is to ask people of the community for ideas on items to read, things to play with, and content to watch.  Feel free to comment to your heart’s content.  Maybe what I look at will help you and vice versa.

MCM Notes

Mon - 10:08

Sent an e-mail to Eric Strom (@CoveringData) about setting up an MCM study group.  Looking for two to three more people in Minnesota that are serious about studying for the MCM exam.

Mon - 19:12

Reloading #MCM videos to my Zune. A few from Bob were cutting out at 11 minutes. I’ve successfully listened to all of Paul’s, Brent’s, and Kimberly’s videos now.

Tue - 09:44

Listened to the #MCM Backup Internals Lecture again on the commute this morning. A lot less, “oh yeah, forgot about that’s” than some of the other videos.

Tue - 12:41

@PaulRandal ‘s wait stat post seems like a good place to start on #MCM wait stat flash cards – http://is.gd/iKq6P

Tue - 12:44

Need to learn more about Common Criteria Compliance, HIPPA, SOX, PCI for #MCM.  Add to this polishing what I know about SATA, iSCSI, SANs, FiberChannel, and RAID.

Wed - 22:03

New #MCM videos up at http://is.gd/iPcwE.  Downloading them now.

Fri - 09:21

New #mcm videos downloaded and on my Zune.

Sat - 00:18

Trying to figure out how I should make my #MCM flashcards. Hand write them all out or make a database and an SSRS project?

Sat - 12:39

Attempting to read through http://www.sqlskills.com/BLOGS/PAUL/category/On-Disk-Structures.aspx today. #mcm

Mon - 18:42

Seems there’s a new #SQL Server #mcm forum – http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/forums/ac/f/308.aspx

Mon - 22:44

Listening to #SQL #Azure #MCM video again. http://is.gd/j7FCD

Tue - 20:51

Read http://sqlblog.com/blogs/linchi_shea/archive/2007/02/07/is-raid-5-really-that-bad.aspx again… #sql #raid

Tue - 21:07

Watching the Locking #MCM video – http://is.gd/jceQS

Wed - 21:47

Watched DAS vs SAN  http://is.gd/jh46U and Baselining http://is.gd/jh4hf videos omw to see @dancem0m #mcmprep

Sun - 21:58

Looks like with Christmas and the holidays my #mcmprep has been a bit lax.

Mon - 12:47

Long commute – listened to @BrentO #MCMPrep sessions this morning – Baselining and Benchmarking http://is.gd/jA9nT, Clustering Introduction http://is.gd/jA9w1, SQLOS http://is.gd/jA9r9

Mon - 20:40

More #MCMPrep – watched Storage Guidelines http://is.gd/jBI6Z and Policy-Based Management http://is.gd/jBI8K on tonight’s commute.

Tue - 09:32

First #MCMPrep study group session scheduled for January 9.  If you are in #MN and seriously looking at this, let me know.

Tue - 22:07

Starting the Clustering Index Debate session – http://is.gd/jGeA1 – #mcmprep – wonder if I should be armed for this.

Wed - 18:54

Listening to Sofi Needs A Ladder (http://is.gd/jJWUL) and reading from www.sqlskills.com blog. #mcmprep

Wed - 23:14

Not just for MCMs – Watched a few more great #mcmprep videos tonight – http://is.gd/iPcwE

Wed - 23:35

Playing around with DBCC DBINFO. TABLERESULTS is the bees knees. #MCMPrep

Fri - 23:48

Firing up #MCMPrep videos for New Years Eve. I need better plans for next year.

Mon - 23:26

Seriously need to buckle back down on #MCMPrep.  Time is a ticking.

Tue - 23:57

Reading “DBCC MemoryStatus Locked Pages Allocated and SinglePageAllocator Values” http://is.gd/k8A83 #mcmprep

Fri - 16:04

First #mcmprep study group this Sunday in MN.  Already lost one person, but another is interested in joining.

Sun - 13:06

Can’t believe it is already Sunday.  Definitely an #MCMPrep week #fail.  At least there is the study group tonight.

Sun - 19:47

First #MCMPrep study group done – earlier than we wanted.  But BN closed at 8 PM.  Seriously?!

Sun - 19:48

The upside is we have an #MCMPrep plan and next week we’ll be going to a place open until 11 PM.

Mon - 23:46

Watched XML #MCMPrep video – http://is.gd/kxmdS.  Good stuff, some future blog inspirations in there.

Fri - 12:14

Just answered some questions for a client based on studying I’ve done on CLR for #mcmprep #win

Fri - 08:21

Thank going out for Wayne Snyder for his contributions to #sqlpass

Fri - 08:23

Wayne attributed with mentoring many of the PASS board members #sqlpass

Fri - 08:25

Wayne is recognizing @rick_hieges at the keynote #sqlpass

Fri - 08:26

Recognizing @heigesr2 that is #sqlpass – Rick is great at the #sqlkaraoke events. #sqlpass

Fri - 08:28

Wayne “As the you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters of success stick in your career” #sqlpass

Fri - 08:31

SQL Rally Dallas 2012 May 8-12, 2012 and Summit next year Nov 6-9, 2012 #sqlpass

Fri - 08:32

Register now for #sqlpass 2012 for 5 or Summit and Precons for 95 – http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2012

Fri - 08:33

Order your Summit DVD today for 5 – or pay much more tomorrow #sqlpass

Fri - 08:34

Dr David Dewitt takes the stage – Ooooh, yeah. #sqlpass

Fri - 08:36

Dewitt’s glasses are not hip enough #sqlpass

Fri - 08:37

I want #dewittoldspecs #sqlpass

Fri - 08:37

Cheers for no marketing type #dewitt #sqlpass

Fri - 08:40

In 2009 there was about 1 ZB of data worldwide – should be about 35 ZB by 2020 #sqlpass

Fri - 08:44

Bing is 150 PB on 40K on NoSQL platform #sqlpass

Fri - 08:52

“SQL is not going away” Dewitt #sqlpass

Fri - 08:58

Dewitt breaking down hadoop in simple terms. #sqlpass

Fri - 09:06

Enjoying the breakdown of hadoop by Dewitt #sqlpass – less detail since I’m paying attention

Fri - 09:13

Dewitt digging into map reduce #sqlpass

Fri - 09:15

Big Ooooh for Dewitt animations #sqlpass

Fri - 09:19

Dewitt explaining the reducer in hadoop in simple terms #sqlpass

Fri - 09:23

Dewitt moving on from Map/Reduce to Hive and Pig #sqlpass

Fri - 09:23

“Hive and Pig” sounds like where I would like to have dinner tonight #sqlpass I bet they have bacon.

Fri - 09:24

“I’m not going to try to use zoomit” #dewitt #sqlpass

Fri - 09:25

HiveQL is much easier for end users than having them write map/reduce #sqlpass

Fri - 09:32

Dewitt going through PDW vs. Hive benchmarks #sqlpass

Fri - 09:34

PDW about 4-10x faster than Hive in benchmark tests #sqlpass

Fri - 09:37

Sqoop loads data from unstructured to structured universe #sqlpass

Fri - 09:41

Dewitt looking for a better way in an unstructured universe. #sqlpass

Fri - 09:42

“Moving data is so 20th Century” #dewitt #sqlpass

Fri - 09:44

I can’t wait to see a turtle with rockets! #sqlpass

Fri - 09:46

Relational databases versus hadoop is not mutually exclusive. #sqlpass

Fri - 09:48

I vote for Dewitt breaking down technology for everyone to consume #sqlpass

Fri - 09:49

Time for a standing ovation. #sqlpass

Fri - 09:53

Dewitt getting questions that are outside his ability to answer… looks like he has answers though #sqlpass

  • @StrateSQL I would love to be a member of this.

    • I sent you a DM earlier on twitter. Reply to me with your e-mail address and we'll chat about it.

  • @StrateSQL Acronym overload? #MCM

  • @StrateSQL For a list of the top Holiday and Christmas gifts for 2010 !!! http://amzn.to/hjE5oc

  • @StrateSQL you owe it to yourself to do the latter 🙂

    • I'm thinking that an SSRS solution may be the end result. Need to get myself cracking on the information I want to absorb.

  • About the flash cards – I went with hand-written ones because the writing helped me learn it better. I had a huge stack of notecards by the time I was done!

    • I'm probably going to type versus write them out. But that physical activity of transcribing each of the flash cards is definitely not something I want to miss out on.

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