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Regular Columnist: Brad McGehee

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Brad M. McGehee is a MCSE+I, MCSD, and MCT (former) with a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently the Director of DBA Education for Red Gate Software, Brad is an accomplished Microsoft SQL Server MVP with over 13 years’ SQL Server experience, and over 6 years’ training experience. Brad is a frequent speaker at SQL PASS, SQL Connections, SQLTeach, SQL Saturdays, TechFests, Code Camps, SQL Server user groups, and other industry seminars, where he shares his 13 years’ cumulative knowledge. Brad was the founder of the popular community site SQL-Server-Performance.Com, and operated it from 2000 through 2006, where he wrote over one million words on SQL Server topics. In 2008, Brad attended 16 conferences/user group events, presented 26 sessions, and had 1,402 people attend them. A well-respected and trusted name in SQL Server literature, Brad is the author or co-author of more than 14 technical books and over 100 published articles. His most recent books include “How to Become an Exceptional DBA,” and “Brad's Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008: The Top Ten New Features for DBAs,” and “Mastering SQL Server Profiler.”

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What Do You Include in Your Database Maintenance Plans?

A guest editorial from Brad McGeHee today talks about maintenance plans and his new book.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2010/02/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 539 reads

How Do You Handle the Stress of Being a DBA?

How do you deal with all the pressures, stress, and problems in being a DBA? Today we have a guest editorial from Brad McGehee that asks the question.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2010/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 386 reads

A time and a place for the SQL Server Maintenance Plan Wizard

The SSMS maintenance plan wizard is shunned by many DBAs, but Brad McGehee has come to view it as a perfectly valid and viable tool, especially for part-time or accidental DBAs, or those just finding their feet in the role.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2010/01/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 222 reads

Handling Inconvenient Requests

Brad gives a little guidance on how you might want to respond to inconvenient requests with an eye on doing yourself a favor.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/12/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 102 reads

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

A guest editorial from Brad McGehee today examines the way in which DBAs interact with the community. Do you take from the community, learning from others? Or do you give back more? Both are a part of many DBAs' careers. Brad talks about the importance of giving back when you can.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/11/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 53 reads

Planning your 2010 Professional Development

Brad suggests some tips on how to maximize your professional development in 2010. Get a plan together now, and you'll make your life a lot easier.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/11/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 194 reads

Is Your Server Vendor Providing the Quality, Innovation, and Support You Need?

We should get help from vendors, as well as support, but what about innovation? Today's guest editorial from Brad McGeHee asks if the third party tool vendors for SQL Server are doing enough to provide value for the cost of their tools.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/10/06 | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 49 reads

Brad's Sure Guide to SQL Server Maintenance Plans

Brad's Sure Guide to Maintenance Plans shows you how to use the Maintenance Plan Wizard and Designer to configure and schedule eleven core database maintenance tasks, ranging from integrity checks, to database backups, to index reorganizations and rebuilds.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/10/05 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 6,800 reads

Have You Checked Out the SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Yet?

The next update for SQL Server has had a major release with the CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2. Brad McGehee is wondering if you've seen some of the enhancements that have been added to this new version.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/09/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 178 reads

Backup to the Cloud - No Excuses

With the proliferation of high availability & specialist online Backup companies, do we really have any excuses left to NOT have an offsite backup location, even if it is in the Cloud? Brad things not...  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/08/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 128 reads

Does Maturity Make a DBA?

Brad reflects on the characters of the DBAs he's met in his life, and suggests a common thread running through them all.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 234 reads

How to Become an Exceptional DBA, 2nd Edition

Brad McGehee provides a "career guide" for DBAs. It is intended both to help prospective DBAs find a "way in" to the profession, and to advise existing DBAs on how they can excel at their jobs, and so become Exceptional DBAs.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/07/06 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 9,072 reads

What's Your Ideal DBA Job?

Brad engages in a little Summer daydreaming, and wonders what the Ideal DBA job would look like...  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/06/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 335 reads

Support Your Local SQL Server User’s Group

Are user groups dying out in the age of the Internet? It seemed that way for awhile, but Brad McGehee gives some reasons why you should think about attending a meeting.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/06/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 183 reads

Decoding Micro-speak

MVP Brad McGegee spends a lot of time talking to people at Microsoft. He's learned how to interpret thier language, and understand what they mean when using certain terms.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 122 reads

Do You Need an IT or CS Degree to be a Successful DBA?

MVP Brad McGehee explores the education of the typical DBA and what they have studied in the past.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 254 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 6: Creating Custom Traces

The sixth and last module of the training course "Becoming a Profiler Master", describes how to create custom Profiler traces, tailored to the specific performance problem you wish to investigate.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 8,039 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 5: Data Columns

The fifth module of the training course "Becoming a Profiler Master", looks in details at the data columns that are associated with the Profiler events discussed in module 4.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 9,328 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 4: Profiler Events

The fourth module of the training course "Becoming a Profiler Master", takes a detailed look at the many events and event categories that can be collected with Profiler.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 8,060 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 3: Getting Started

This, the third installment of the "Becoming a Profiler Master" online training course, shows how to start, stop and control Profiler and how to save the traces.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 8,462 reads
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