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Thomas LaRock
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This is my coffee. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Without my coffee, I am useless.
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Made me think of this. Anything that makes me think of Maya Angelou and Sesame Street is a good thing:

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I find this piece of information most interesting:

"52% of security professionals said that the biggest factor shaping their organization’s network security strategy was, “preventing/detecting malware threats.”  This aligns with the CISO’s focus on security efficacy from a risk management and incident detection/response perspective."

What that tells me is that CISOs are focusing on protecting themselves from the outside. But the fact remains that many breaches are the result of something internal, social engineering, leaving server tapes unguarded, etc. 
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Using TDE in #Azure VM? Did you know about Azure Key Vault? Well, now you do. http://bit.ly/1zZKN0T
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It's just easier to show you what I was doing instead of writing a #Christmas blog post.
Yes, it's that time of year again, when every blogger takes time out of the schedule to produce a post about Christmas or whatever Happy Holiday you celebrate. Truth be told I spent the past two we...
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+Andie Letourneau Santa didn't bring me bacon, but he DID bring me a kit so I could make my own. Marry Christmas!
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Maple. Bacon. Whiskey. Popcorn. Balls.

These are a few of my favorite things. 

Recipe at: http://blog.mtnero.com/whiskey-maple-bacon-popcorn-balls/
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Thanks your look nicer ^_^
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Looking forward to the video --> "I’m all about the data, ‘bout the data, no trouble " http://blog.infoadvisors.com/index.php/2014/12/05/yeah-my-mama-she-told-me-dont-worry-about-your-joins/ 
  (with apologies to Meghan Trainor) Because you know I'm all about the data 'Bout the data, no trouble I'm all about the data 'Bout the data,
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What's pairs well with MS Access?
It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving weekend in the US and the rest of the world is thinking about how much MORE WORK we are going to accomplish while our
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Yes. I think four bottles of Hennessy would get me through dealing with some rube's Access database. 
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Because islands aren't cheap. #oracle   #azure  
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I keep seeing this question get asked, so I'll keep sharing my post on how to connect from SQL Server Management Studio to an Azure VM running SQL Server.
In 2013, right before I was helping to deliver a precon seminar at TechEd on Windows Azure SQL Database, Microsoft made available the ability for customers to use virtual machines running in Window...
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While the presence of SQL Agent may be known to many, I always find people to be surprised by the existence of one or more items on this list. So, here's a quick post on 5 things you may not have known about SQL Agent. #sqlserver 
Microsoft SQL Server comes with a boatload of additional components. One component is the SQL Agent service. The purpose of the SQL Agent is to serve as a job scheduler. Many experienced DBAs use j...
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For the last item on your list, auto restart, I belive you do not want to enable ithis if the.Instance is a member of a cluster.
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Empathy. It's what matters most. Not just in your career, but in life.
It all started with a simple question. “What’s a table?,” my nine-year-old daughter asked me during a session I was giving at SQL Saturday #184 last year. Now, being my daughter, I know that she ha...
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I channel "Data" or Spock more than Counselor Deanna Troy....
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Saw this vintage #porsche in #wmass this morning. 
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Head Geek, Technical Evangelist, Senior Database Administrator, DBA, Marketing, Writing
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  • SolarWinds
    Head Geek, 2013 - present
  • Confio Software
    Technical Evangelist, 2010 - 2013
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Some suggested circles you can put me in:
  • Database professionals.
  • Technology enthusiasts.
  • SQL Server.
  • Microsoft.
  • Technical evangelists.
  • Bacon lovers.
  • Geeks.
  • Social media.
  • Bloggers (especially geeky or tech).
  • Connectors.
  • iPhone enthusiasts.
  • Weird dudes.
Currently I am a Head Geek for SolarWinds, makers of the Database Performance Analyzer database monitoring tool for SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and DB2. This role allows for me to work with a variety of customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization.

I am also a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. I have over 15 years experience in the IT industry in various roles such as programmer, developer, analyst, and database administration.

I am the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA. The book is designed to give a junior to mid-level DBA a better understanding of what skills are needed in order to survive (and thrive) in their career. Additionally, I have participated in the technical review of several other books.

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server, an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community member.

You can find my blog at http://thomaslarock.com
Education
  • Washington State University
    MS, Mathematics
  • Merrimack College
    BA, Mathematics
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