Archives: June 2009
I was recently talking to a friend from the U.K about how much notice a DBA should give to their employer should they decide to resign. I told him that the general practice for the U.S. was two weeks, but of course this could vary if the DBA signed an… Read more
I went to add a few things to the new Windows 7 desktop today, and of course I have installer issues. I'm trying a few things, and need to post what works.
I did solve my screen saver issue. Apparently lots of USB mice and keyboards don't allow the screen… Read more
This is part 2 of my 29 part series called Better Know A SSIS Transform. Hopefully you will find the series informative. I will tell you a little about each transform and follow it up with a demo basic you can do on your own. Screenshots that go with examples can be… Read more
One of the new features with SQL Server 2008 is the addition of extensible key management, allowing hardware devices to be integrated into the encryption/decryption process for the keys securing your data. There are various vendors that are building Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that can connect to your SQL Server… Read more
As happens occasionally I had a stack of books on my desk that needed to be put away, and as I went to do that ran into a small challenge – no more space on the shelves. I need to get another bookcase, but as I looked at what I… Read more
In the last year or so, there have been a lot of articles, blog entries,and forum posts on the kinds of technical questions hiring managers can ask a prospective DBA candidate in order to determine their technical proficiency. While technical skills are important for a DBA, I think a lot… Read more
I am working on the outline of a new book I am writing, tentatively called Mastering SQL Server Database Maintenance. It will loosely be based on a similar presentation I give at user groups and conferences.
If you have the time, I would like to get your opinions on… Read more
Saw this in email this morning, Clear has ceased operations after failing to negotiate with its senior creditor. I’ve written previously about trying it for a year and deciding that the benefit didn’t align very well with the cost, and maybe I wasn’t the only one that made that decision.… Read more
Someone asked me recently if I subscribed to any services to keep up with SQL Server content. Meaning did I "pay" for content.
I think the hardest part about the job search is interviewing and not being selected. You keep saying “why” with rarely a good answer. It’s not fun to be rejected. I don’t think I can change that with any spin, but it helps if you understand that there are a… Read more
Microsoft has always been pretty good at one thing, ease on install.
One of the things I always says is the greatest thing about SQL Server is any idiot can install it. The other thing I also say is the worst thing about SQL Server is any idiot can install… Read more
I was reading a MCP training manual for SQL Server the other day. It was good. The whole of TSQL was covered in four hundred pages. It didn’t go into anything esoteric, mind you, but it explained such things as remote transactions and locking hints with precision and clarity. There… Read more
My friend Robert Cain was kind enough to include me on his list of big thinkers along with my business partner Steve Jones, Paul Randal and Kim Tripp, Pinal Dave, and Brent Ozar. Distinguished company to be sure! Thanks Robert:-) Read more
Getting a job is hard. If you’ve been lucky enough not to struggle for a job, don’t make the mistake of thinking it will always be easy. Equally, finding a good job is harder still. Some more tips for you to consider:
- Leverage your recruiter. They know the companies you’ll…
Blogging is not for everyone and you don't want to give the impression you are something you are not doing something right if you don't blog. Not everyone is a writer, not everyone likes putting their thoughts down, and not everyone is brave enough to publish out on the… Read more
Today Pragmatic Works release it’s second comedic training video featuring Dustin Ryan as “Dustin” and Brian Knight as “Gary” Dustin’s boss. In this video Dustin will teach you how to sabotage your boss by using basic Data Flow components. Prepare to be insulted!
Watch the video on You Tube and tell… Read more
If you haven't heard, PASS is running a contest where you could win conference registration to this year's PASS Community Summit or, if you have that covered, 4 nights coverage of hotel costs. All you have to do is enter by July 1. Check the link for details. Here's my… Read more
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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 19 June 2009
In my Modern Resume presentation, I tried to structure it to go from easy to hard things to do in terms of branding yourself. So the order has been:
- Profiles (social networking)
Actually I added research later, so that is at the end when… Read more