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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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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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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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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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A Welcoming Conference

It's almost time for SQLBits, Steve's favorite conference.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Successful Projects

What makes a successful software project? Steve Jones has some thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Build a POC

One way to tackle a new technology is with a proof of concept.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Data Dewey Decimal System

Steve Jones looks at the idea of cataloging our data sets in order to make it easier for  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How Much Can You Learn?

This Friday Steve Jones wonders about the upper limits for what you may learn in a year.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Examining SQL Server 2016

Today Steve Jones wonders if any of you are looking at the next version of our platform, SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/03/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Naming Is Hard

Naming objects and variables in software can create contention in a team. While there are good conventions and standards, ultimately a team just needs to agree on something.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SnowCrash for SQL Server

A new idea for managing your future SQL Servers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 111 reads

Dexterity Matters

The individual's dexterity can impact how we use software. Perhaps we need ways to undo mistakes in various systems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/03/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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