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Archives: June 2009

What’s the Typical Resignation Notice Period for DBAs?

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

17 comments, 1,898 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 24 June 2009

Windows 7 Issues

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

0 comments, 721 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 June 2009

Better Know A SSIS Transform – The Sort Transform

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

6 comments, 8,273 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 24 June 2009

SQL Server 2008 Encryption - Extensible Key Management

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

2 comments, 3,759 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 June 2009

Spring Cleaning

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

3 comments, 496 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 June 2009

How to Identify Important Characteristics for a DBA Job Candidate

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

20 comments, 2,981 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 June 2009

What Would You Like to See in a Book on Database Maintenance?

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

3 comments, 639 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 June 2009

Clear Ceases Operations

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

1 comments, 588 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 June 2009

Paying for Content - SQL Server Knowledge

Someone asked me recently if I subscribed to any services to keep up with SQL Server content. Meaning did I "pay" for content.

I said "no" at first, but wanted to follow up with more details. Since this was across Twitter, 140 characters doesn't leave much room for details,… Read more

10 comments, 1,913 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 June 2009

Tips on Getting Hired – Part 5

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

11 comments, 565 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 June 2009

Emergency Procedures

In a followup to Aaron Bertrand's recent blog post on Disaster Recovery, I'd like to mention something I always mention when I teach SQL Server classes. One of the best sources of training I received for being a DBA was, in fact, the training I received...(read more)

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0 comments, 331 reads

Posted in Allen White on 22 June 2009

Migrating A SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Named Instance, The Missing Manual

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

4 comments, 3,085 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 22 June 2009

When the next object-persistence boat comes in.

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

6 comments, 1,669 reads

Posted in Phil Factor's Phrenetic Phoughts: The SQL on 22 June 2009

Big Thinker

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

1 comments, 752 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 June 2009

Tips on Getting Hired – Part 4

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…

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8 comments, 1,152 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 June 2009

Am I a bad employee if I don't blog?


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

3 comments, 1,548 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 June 2009

Moron's Guide to SSIS : Episode 2 - Introduction to the Dataflow

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

0 comments, 623 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 19 June 2009

Best Thing I Learned at PASS Summit

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

The Lowest Bar

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)
  • Blogging
  • Authoring
  • Speaking
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership
  • Research

Actually I added research later, so that is at the end when… Read more

4 comments, 656 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 June 2009

Adventures in Powershell SSIS Administration Programming

In January 2009, I released version 1.4 of SQL Server Powershell Extensions which included a Library of functions for working with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). This post describes the functionality included in the script library including enumerating msdb package stores, getting packages from msdb and file stores as…

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0 comments, 1,251 reads

Posted in Chad Miller on 19 June 2009

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