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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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Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 2: Profiler Architecture

This module, part 2 of the online training course "Becoming a Profiler Master", discusses the inner workings of Profiler.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 8,430 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Part 1: Introduction to Profiler Concepts

In this video written by MVP Brad McGehee you can learn how to get started using the Profiler GUI.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 11,592 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Video Training Course

In this 6-module course, Brad McGehee provides an in-depth, step-by-step guide to mastering the basics of SQL Server Profiler, a powerful performance monitoring and analysis tool.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/04/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 5,295 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler - Introduction

This is the introductory module for the SSC Online Video Training course, Becoming a Profiler Master. In it, MVP Brad McGeHee will discuss some of the critical factors that might persuade you of the need to master this powerful SQL Server profiling tool.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/04/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: video
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 11,806 reads

Online T-SQL Scripts and Copyright

The issue of copyright for online scripts is a grey area. If a script is published without any form of copyright notice, most people assume that it is freely available for reuse. It's not necessarily the case.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/04/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 405 reads

Physical File Defragmentation

A guest editorial by Brad McGehee talks about physical fragmentation and asks if you are concerned about it on your servers.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 515 reads

Are We Wasting Too Much Time Social Networking?

The advent of social networking has excited many DBAs, but is that a good thing? Does social networking help or hurt you in your career?  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/03/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 160 reads

How to Become an Exceptional DBA

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 2009/02/10 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 5,676 reads

Brad's Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 has hundreds of new features and improvements for Production DBAs, Developer DBAs, and Business Intelligence specialists…in this book I focus on what I thought were the ten most important new features for Production DBAs.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/10 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 13,098 reads

Mastering SQL Server Profiler

SQL Server Profiler can troubleshoot a wide range of SQL Server issues, such as poorly-performing queries, locking and blocking, excessive table/index scanning, and a lot more. Brad's book will allow you to master the use of this versatile tool.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 17,079 reads

Do You Verify Your Database Backups?

Backup verification is a vital part of a well-designed database maintenance plan and yet some DBAs neglect to do it. Brad McGehee ownders why.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 698 reads

Guest Editorial: Do You Run Antivirus Software on Your SQL Servers?

Every DBA needs to give serious consideration to the level of antivirus/antispyware protection they need on their SQL Server instances, and to the performance implications of the strategy they choose.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 610 reads

SQL Server Training: 2009 Conferences

Being a DBA demands that you keep up with the latest technology, and conferences are one of the best ways to do that. So, despite the fact that training budgets may be shrinking, I suggest you begin lobbying your manager to attend as many SQL Server events as you can. If you can't get your company to send you to a paid conference, then try to attend one of the free ones, on your own time.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 269 reads

Guest Editorial: Do DBAs Need a Code of Ethics?

Despite the fact DBAs are essentially protectors of an organization’s knowledge, and privy to much confidential information, there is no clearly defined set of rules and standards to help govern and guide their ethical behavior. Brad McGehee thinks it's time for some action on this issue.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/02/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 425 reads

Don't Let the Economic Downturn Get You Down

With the current economic downturn, many of us are wondering if we will still have a job by the end of this new year. Although DBAs are still in demand, no DBA job is 100% immune from layoffs. Brad suggests that now is the perfect time to invest in yourself.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2009/01/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 178 reads

Installing SQL Server 2008 - SQL School Video

MVP Brad McGehee walks you through the installation of SQL Server 2008 RC0 in this video. Brad covers the prerequisites, and the various options that are available in setup.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2008/08/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 4,666 reads

Scary Questions

I spent most of my time at TechEd two weeks ago, volunteering to answer attendee's questions at Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 booth.   Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2008/06/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 334 reads

The Back Door DBA

Steve Jones is taking well-earned break. In his guest editorial slot, Brad McGehee discusses three simple techniques to help DBAs manage their time more effectively.  Read more...
By Brad McGehee 2008/06/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 543 reads
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