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Guest Columnist: Grant Fritchey

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Grant Fritchey is a SQL Server MVP with over 20 years’ experience in IT including time spent in support and development. Grant has worked with SQL Server since version 6.0 back in 1995. He has developed in VB, VB.Net, C# and Java. Grant has authored books for Apress and Simple-Talk, and joined Red Gate as a Product Evangelist in January 2011. Find Grant on Twitter @GFritchey or on his blog as the Scary DBA.

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Emotions and Decision Making

Today we have a guest editorial from Grant Fritchey that looks at emotions and how they can affect our decision making.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2016/10/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 83 reads

Clownpocalypse and DR

Today we have a guest editorial as Steve is out of town at the PASS Summit. Grant looks at disasters and being prepared.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2016/10/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Bingle is my Senior DBA

When working with SQL Server, many people don't need the search engine to be their junior DBA, they need it to be their senior DBA.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2016/10/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Don't tell the boss

Why would I want the boss to be able to see so easily every little bad thing that happens on my servers? Grant Fritchey offers a few reasons...  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2016/09/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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This Time

Finally, Grant is right about how the world of technology is changing.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2016/03/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A big thank you

Grant Fritchey shows his softer side, extending his appreciation to all DBAs who work tirelessly to keep our software running in the face of adversity.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2015/11/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 114 reads

But we've always done it that way…

Inspired by his visit to the battlefield of Waterloo, Grant Fritchey explains the dangers of doing things the way you've always done them and the need to challenge constantly your beliefs and understanding of how the technology you manage works.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2015/08/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Try It

Grant Fritchey asks you to experiment, to make an effort, to just try it.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2015/03/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Grant Fritchey Reviews Minion Reindex

Grant Fritchey reviews Midnight DBA's Minion Reindex, a highly customizable set of scripts that take on the task of rebuilding and reorganizing your indexes.   Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2015/01/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: indexing
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An Integrated Process for Software Delivery.

Developers, enamored of the integrated approach to Software Delivery, would like to be able to respond to business need in business time, adding functionality when the need is recognized, instead of 6-9 months later after it's gone through the sclerotic IT purchasing and configuration process.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2014/03/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The MCM Program is dead. Long live the MCMs!

Grant Fritchey on why he takes a dim view of most certifications, and why the MCM was different.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2013/09/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Execution Plans, Second Edition by Grant Fritchey

Every Database Administrator, developer, report writer, and anyone else who writes T-SQL to access SQL Server data, must understand how to read and interpret execution plans. This book leads you right from the basics of capturing plans, through how to interrupt them in their various forms, graphical or XML, and then how to use the information you find there to diagnose the most common causes of poor query performance, and so optimize your SQL queries, and improve your indexing strategy.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2012/11/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
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Webinar: Forgotten Rings and Other Monitoring Stories

In this session, Grant Fritchey, Microsoft MVP, drills down into a few of the more obscure monitoring metrics that can give you very precise information about exactly what's happening within your server. He'll also show you how you can use custom metrics to enable these metrics in Red Gate's SQL Monitor.  Read more...
By Steve Jones, Grant Fritchey 2012/10/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: webinar
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SSC Clinic: Finding the rogue query

When you're getting spikes of high CPU, it's quite likely it's a rogue query. But how do you find out which query? Grant Fritchey explains, using SQL Monitor.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2012/09/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: memory
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Never, Ever Use Clustered Indexes

Today we have a guest editorial from Grant Fritchey that might surprise you. Today Grant talks about clustered indexes in your tables.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2012/05/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 936 reads

Set Up And Schedule a Server Side Trace

How to use Profiler to generate TSQL scripts that can be modified and automated to run as a server-side trace  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2013/12/31 (first published: 2010/12/02) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 11,231 reads

The Red Gate Guide to SQL Server Team-based Development

This book shows how to use of mixture of home-grown scripts, native SQL Server tools, and tools from the Red Gate SQL Toolbelt, to successfully develop database applications in a team environment, and make database development as similar as possible to "normal" development.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2010/10/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 4,673 reads

Free Advice or Free Consulting

A guest editorial from Grant Fritchey today talks examines the free advice that is often given in the forums. It's not free consulting and you shouldn't expect that.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2010/05/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Measures and Rules

Today we have a guest editorial from Grant Fritchey that discusses the idea of rules based on certain types of measurements. Are they worth following? Or do we need to develop our own measures.  Read more...
By Grant Fritchey 2010/02/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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