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  1. Making Peace with Logstash Part 1 – Input and Output


    February 21, 2018 by Mike Hillwig

    Logstash is an incredibly powerful tool. If you can put data into a text file, Logstash can parse it. It …
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  2. Taking a Good Bet


    March 17, 2017 by Mike Hillwig

    As I was building my team in Pittsburgh, I went through a ton of resumes. It seems that we were …
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  3. Building on Diversity


    March 10, 2017 by Mike Hillwig

    Sometimes, it’s the lessons you don’t intend to teach that have the most impact. More than a decade ago, I …
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  4. SQL Phone Home: Teaching Your SQL Servers to Call for Help


    March 19, 2016 by Mike Hillwig

    I’ve worked in quite a few shops that have differing views on SQL Server monitoring. A lot of this involves …
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  5. I’m an MVP!


    October 1, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I typed those words for the first time. Today, …
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  6. Importance of Vacations


    July 2, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a vacation–an entire week out of the office with my …
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  7. When Bad Things Happen to Good People


    March 16, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    Sometimes good customer service requires us to be a good customer. Back in October, I was having a really rough …
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  8. Do More With Less: SQL CMS and MSX


    March 11, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    I’m not the typical DBA. The environment I support is in hosting, meaning I support a larger number of environments …
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  9. Is Your SQL Server Blogger a Drag Queen?


    March 10, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    My friends will tell you that I’m a reality TV junkie. I’m what the people at Bravo TV would call …
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  10. Drinking the Microsoft KoolAid


    March 6, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

    I’ve been using Microsoft Windows since version 3.0 and have worked with SQL Server in some capacity for the past …
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