First of all I'd like to say thanks to the minority. Last week I was in Copenhagen and delivered the worst session ever. A minority liked it, and the majority didn't. So, to the majority I would like to say, I'm sorry. My idea for the session was about sharing some from the soft side of a large project, with some technology, and try to add some "I recognise this"-feeling in it. The idea might have been great in my mind, and I do Believe that some sessions need to be like that, but in the context my idea was not so great. So once again, I'm deeply, truly, from the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry.
To cite the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustav, about a not so great decision, "let us turn the page, to a new chapter, like when you are reading those books, the ones that make a sound when it's time to turn the page".
On the other hand, I'm looking forward to fulfill the promise I made. There will be a long series of posts and videos covering all the topics of the session. With details and easy to follow guides of implementing and solving issues. And I will try to get the first one done this week.
For the future, I also have a promise, next time you have the chance of attending a session of mine. Give me the opportunity to make it different back again. In the future I'll keep it back to only Technical, and majority of demos, and "normal".
There are some reasons behind this post, first of all the appology, secondly to remind myself, and thirdly to turn the page, and finally as launchpad for the series of posts and videos.
Actually, I'll start with the simplest of simple, the following is a copy of an unattended configuration file that install an instance of the database Engine. The parameters QUIETSIMPLE="True" set the install to automatic install, INDICATEPROGRESS="False" hides the progress bar. And by the way, create them with the SQL Server Installation Center, and edit them with Notepad:
INSTALLSHAREDDIR="C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server"
INSTALLSHAREDWOWDIR="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server"
INSTANCEDIR="C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server"
And to start the unattended install, /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms=true automatically accepts the license:
Setup.exe /ConfigurationFile=ConfigFile.INI /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms=true