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Quick note in case I need again some day. The team recently moved all the user databases for a monitoring instance to new hardware and it basically went well. Immediately afterward there were a number of error messages in the log about a missing user defined error message. Minus 5… Read more
For the fifth year Steve Jones and I are organizing the Monday Night Networking Dinner at the PASS Summit. It will be from 6-9 pm on Monday evening. I’m waiting on the “final” confirmation of the location but expect it be within walking distance of the Convention Center. It’s a… Read more
I have some great news to share. One of my bucket list items is to be a published author. I can now check this off my list. Coming very soon you will be able to buy the book that I helped write. I will add links here once its on… Read more
Finally after a long waiting period, Microsoft release SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4, Same is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 RTM.
I suggest to test SQL… Read more
Today I awoke to find an email from Microsoft informing me that I’d been awarded an MVP. Wow.
I had to re-read the email several times over the course of the next hour to ensure it was true. Also checking the date – to make sure it was… Read more
I was just awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP!
I can’t believe Microsoft has chosen me for this award and to be included in such a prestigious program. There are only a little over 70 SQL Server MVPs in the United States and a little over 350 world wide. Read more
Took a break to check email and saw the confirmation that I was renewed for another year. Pleasant news for a Wednesday morning. Strange to realize this is my 7th time, where did the time go? I’ve certainly changed a lot in those years!
For those who aren’t MVP’s and… Read more
C-R-U-D The Basics
What is CRUD? Well, there are a lot of things I can think of when I use the term CRUD; however within the wonderful world of technology CRUD is an acronym that surprisingly enough, when I polled, didn’t really give a straight answer. That really surprised me;… Read more
On September 30th 2014 Microsoft released service pack 4 for SQL Server 2008. This service pack contains all cumulative updates since SP3 was released as well as all updates from previous service packs.
Today begins the day we should all begin testing in Dev with SP4. You can get information… Read more
If you’ve have used or even just seen a demo of Power BI Q&A you’ve likely seen there’s great potential in the feature for even low-tech user. I usually say, “If the user knows how to use a search engine then they can interact with Q&A.” You can read the… Read more
Following on from my last blog post I now want to run through how to identify large queries using Extended Events.
Extended Events were introduced in SQL Server 2008 and allow monitoring to be run against a server with a lower performance impact than profiler sessions and server side traces. Read more
I had an article published yesterday on http://www.SQLShack.com.
It’s worth reading if I do say so myself. In it I go through several different methods for generating data that might be required by an auditor. I range from adding auditing columns to each… Read more
Were you ever in a situation where you ran a query, it ran for a long time and you didn’t know what it was doing? Sure you were..
What if you had a visual indication of where things are stuck in your execution plan, while the query is running?
A… Read more
Life Is a struggle with Lot of If and buts. It’s being a many month I was out of touch with my blogging hunger. But there were lot of question which I was getting from time to time on my mails/blogs , which I will try to answer… Read more
I presented a session titled “SQL Server AlwaysOn Quickstart” on September 10th for the 24 Hours of PASS event. You can view the session recording HERE if you missed it. The session was a preview of the full session I will be presenting at the PASS Summit 2014 this November.… Read more
The Board of Directors has extended voting in the current election through October 14th. Read the post from President Thomas Larock about why and what you have to do to be eligible. Then head to Election HQ to review the candidates, ask questions, and read posts and endorsements from other… Read more
I’ll be driving to Viera for the monthly Space Coast SQL Users Group meeting next week. Topic still to be decided, probably Learning Plans and something SQL, look for details on the web site today or tomorrow at http://spacecoast.sqlpass.org/.
In the wake of Shell Shock, I’ve seen some vendor advisories indicate that while their product is vulnerable, it’s only through the management interface but everything is okay because if best practices have been followed, the management interface isn’t/hasn’t been exposed to the Internet.
No, everything is not okay.… Read more
This is the most basic model which is essentially your virtual machines in a cloud data center. You… Read more
If you are working on a VMware vCenter Server v5.5 in an environment that has multiple segregated VLANs designed to isolate certain types of traffic, and find that the web client for your admin-facing interfaces keeps redirecting to an internal isolated IP address – and therefore fails – here’s the… Read more