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Regular Columnist: Steve Jones

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My background is I have been working with computers since I was about 12. My first "career" job in this industry was with network administration where I became the local DBA by default. I have also spent lots of time administering Netware and NT networks, developing software, managing smaller IT groups, making lots of coffee, ordering pizza for late nights, etc., etc. For those of you interested (or really bored), you can check out my resume.

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By Steve Jones 2016/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: xxx
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What's Your Test Plan?

This week Steve Jones looks at the formal way in which you might verify changes to your system. Do you have a process?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server RTM - June 1

The next version of SQL Server 2016 will be released on June 1, 2016, which means you can start planning those upgrades.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Clustered Index is not the Primary Key

As the title says, the clustered index doesn't have to the primary key and vice versa.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Install Cumulative Updates

This week Steve Jones recommends installing Cumulative Updates. If you can test them.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: patching
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The Proliferation of Roles

Using roles for security is a best practice that Steve Jones espouses.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Complexity of Branches

Branching code creates complexity to development and should be undertaken with caution.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Software Maturity with Release Management

Adding a release management tool to your software development is a sign of maturity.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Half Baked Features

Steve Jones notes that some features aren't fully developed, but that's not a reason to avoid releasing them.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Losing All Traces of Data

Could someone remove data from all systems and backups?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Solving Tempdb Issues

A simple change might solve some of those tempdb issues various customers experience.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/05/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stress Testing

It seems that one area many DBAs don't have much knowledge in is testing hardware.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cloud First

SQL Server 2016 is the first cloud first version of SQL Server being released as the on-premise product.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Specialist or Generalist

The idea of being a generalist of specialist may not need to be a choice.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Backups Over Time

Today Steve Jones talks about backups, and the challenges they present over time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Guess the RTM Build

Have some fun and guess which build will be released for SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Pen Test

Perhaps a penetration test is a good idea for more organizations.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Crack that Encrypted Data

Ransomware is becoming an issue. Steve Jones notes DBAs need to be ready to deal with these issues.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Hidden Trigger

Steve Jones looks at the impact of triggers on our databases.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What's Your Downtime?

This week Steve Jones talks about downtime. Do you know what yours is?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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