Posted in SQL Server

Adventures in Installation

So I got my new laptop – 16GB RAM, 512 SSD drive, i7-6700HQ Quad Core processor. There’s no DVD drive, so I may need to get an external one at some point. It’s probably a little more than what I need but as I tend to run tech into the ground before replacing\upgrading, I’m OK with these specs. My “perfectly fine” laptop has also starting to mock me with strange display driver issues, so I’m definitely feeling better about making the plunge. I even got myself a new wifi router since I suddenly realized that I had way too many connected devices and I may benefit by upgrading that as well.

With my shiny new laptop, the first thing I had to do is install SQL 2016. I don’t do much SQL Server installations these days. If someone I work with needs help installing SQL Server, I’ll be there to help answer questions but I don’t do the installs for them. And because I really only need the one instance of each version locally and (clearly) don’t change machines that often, it’s been awhile.

The installer, for the most part, still looked and felt like the previous installs. But there are a lot of different details.

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Posted in The Survey Project

Extra Credit Reading List

We’re coming up on a long weekend here in the US. The new laptop just arrived (Yay!!!!) so I’m looking forward to really setting it up and jump right in. (Guess what my next post will be about?)

So I think we’re ready to start jumping in. If you’re interested, you can start reading through the survey questions we’ll be modeling. You can find them here: There should also be some samples of the answers here as well if you wanted to see what some of the answers are.

I have also decided to give myself “extra credit reading assignments.” If I’m going to do something based on history, I should brush up my knowledge on the subject. I’m not trying to be an expert or anything like that, but some of the details may come in handy.


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