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Hey Kids! Let’s Put on a Show at the Old Barn

Alternate Title: I’m traveling a bunch. Let’s get together and talk.

A bunch of trips and presentations coming up, so I thought I’d share. First, I’ll be SQL Saturday Omaha for my first time ever presenting in Nebraska. I’m excited to add this state to my list (which is almost… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 29 July 2015

Halloween at PASS–Donate for some fun

This year’s PASS Summit will end on Oct 31, which is Halloween in the US. I’m sure lots of people will have some fun on Friday, though I also suspect we’ll see no shortage of people leaving early to get home to spend the holiday with families.

A few of… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 July 2015

DBTA – IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

In the first of this three-part series, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey published by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In that article, I covered the macroeconomic and… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 July 2015

Some of my favorite SSMS Keyboard shortcuts

I love keyboard shortcuts. I recently mapped a keyboard shortcut to Change Connection and thought I would share some of my other favorites.

  • Shft+Arrow keys (sometimes + Ctrl): Highlight blocks of code. Adding in the control key moves you a word at a time rather than a single character.…

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Posted in SQLStudies on 29 July 2015

Synchronous Processing in the SSIS Script Component

Without a doubt, the most versatile data flow tool in the SSIS arsenal is the script component.  This control grants ETL developers complete control over the flow of data, leverages the full power of the .NET Framework namespaces, and can be used as a source, destination, or transformation in data… Read more

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 29 July 2015

Password for SQL Server Service Accounts

I wrote recently about my philosophy for service accounts, and wanted to add a few more thoughts.

Security is important for our database servers. One of the loopholes that everyone should be aware of is that the service running SQL Server has complete control over the service and potentially… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 July 2015

Grant’s Fly-by-night Leadership Course – The Plan

  1. Get a better name
  2. Define my personal goals for the course

I won’t be sharing these with you. I may share them with my Inner Circle (defined below). I’m thinking this is a 2-3 year commitment I’m making. I need to have my own set of measurements to ensure that… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 28 July 2015

SSC Editorial: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work turned out to be popular piece when posted a couple weeks back. The premise is that some companies allow a relaxed dress code in return for a donation to a specified charity.  I’ve opted in at times and not at others to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2015

Database Stuck in Single-User Mode Due to Botched Restore

Working in a development environment, I botched up a restore. After this restore attempt to overwrite my database with the previous version, I had it stuck in single-user mode.

SSMS provided me with helpful messages such as this:

Changes to the state or options of database 'PoorDb' cannot be made… Read more

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Posted in SQL Barbarian on 28 July 2015

When Emotional Intelligence Trumps Math

I have been in Corporate IT long enough to know that when a bad decision is made, you move out of the way of that train while quietly doing what you can to mitigate the inevitable wreck that is ahead…

(read the rest on LinkedIn, here)

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 28 July 2015

Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson

Education. The key topics for everyone. In his incredibly famous TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity“, which might be some of the most important 20 minutes that you will spend this year, Sir Ken Robinson argued about the current state…

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Posted in Niko's blog on 28 July 2015

Present at SQL Saturday #386 – Achievement Unlocked!

SQL Saturday #386 (Albany, NY) – My first SQL Saturday Session

So that picture to the right is me out front of the SUNY Albany campus around 6:45 AM. It was a nice cool morning and I decided to start my day with a nice 5k run around the campus.… Read more

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Posted in on 28 July 2015

SQL Server Audit: Getting Started

SQL Server has the ability to monitor both server and database level events via the SQL Server Audit feature.  Audited events can be written to the server application or security logs, or to a file where you specify the location (the most secure route).   SQL Server Audit is easy to… Read more

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Posted in Adam Kreul | Blog on 28 July 2015

What’s the Size of that Index?

I have previously written about finding what the big space consumers are within the database. I even shared scripts in those articles on how to find those big consumers (read all about it here).

That is grand when it comes to quickly finding which objects happen to be… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 27 July 2015

Culture Differences: US v UK

This is a bit of an off topic post from the technical stuff, but there’s a bit of a tie-in, so stick with me.

I had to get a tire fixed this morning. I actually owned a replacement tire, so I just needed someone to mount it on the existing… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 July 2015

SQLSaturday #423 Baton Rouge

This is I believe the 7th SQLSaturday in Baton Rouge. Please come out this Saturday at the LSU Business Center to enjoy free training, prizes and networking with over 500 IT professionals.


Here is the schedule.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 27 July 2015

Sneak Preview – Episode 014 - WaterOx Consulting

Reading Time: 1 minutes

Let’s Play A Game! So, just to tickle your fancy, here is...

The post Sneak Preview – Episode 014 appeared first on WaterOx Consulting.

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Posted in WaterOx SQL on 27 July 2015

Baltimore Crime Report Using Power BI

As part of my quest for using data to find answers to everyday questions using Power BI – after analyzing baby names and eating habits – I turned to crime data for the city of Baltimore.

Data is obtained from Open Baltimore and I used Power BI Desktop. Once you… Read more

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Posted in Sam Vanga on 27 July 2015

Permissions Posters

I’ve been doing a lot of research recently for my permissions session and for a project at work. During said research I came across three great sets of posters about permissions. I’m going to list them here and on my Study and Reference Materials

Permissions Hierarchy (Database Engine)

Database Engine… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 27 July 2015

Indexes on GUIDs – Not Only Fragmentation

A client called us with the following issue:

He had a table of a few dozen million rows. The table had a few GUID columns that had to be indexed.

He had an ETL process that inserted a few thousand rows every few minutes. When the table had only a… Read more

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Posted in Matan Yungman on 27 July 2015

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