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By Steve Bolton
…………In the world of fuzzy sets and imprecision modeling, the concept of cardinality takes on new shades of meaning that are not applicable to ordinary “crisp” sets, i.e. those without membership grades. In the last article in this series of amateur-self-tutorials, I mentioned one type of… Read more
I would like to write a blog post about by far the most underrated online show about Data Platform – SQL Unplugged.
We are looking for a highly qualified technologist who is comfortable with database technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server and other DBMS platforms, and infrastructure technologies, such as virtualization,… Read more
This is actually a simple, short post, but writing helps me remember things, and since I had to learn this, I decided to write something short.
I have a number of Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs. I need to get rid of these and upgrade to WS2016, since installing SQL… Read more
The FTP protocol is one of the oldest methods for sharing and moving files. Although frequently considered to be an “old-school” way to transfer data, FTP is still relied upon in most every data movement architecture. Sadly, the functionality around FTP is very limited in SQL Server Integration Services. A… Read more
Been an interesting week! My site has had the most views ever (so chuffed) and during all that I’ve been reading…
Microsoft’s Cyber Defense Operations Center shares best practices
Microsoft shares details some of their best practices for how they respond to cyberthreats in real time
The encryption mechanisms in SQL Server are interesting, and they work well, but they are somewhat poorly named. I ran across a few people struggling to understand, so I decided to cover the concepts in a series of posts. This one looks at the Database Master Key (DMK).
Minion CheckDB will be available for download on February 1, 2017! In celebration, we’re having a Minion CheckDB webinar on Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 PM, and, another Minion CheckDB webinar on Friday, February 3 at 12:00 PM. And, we will be giving away 3 licenses of Minion Enterprise to… Read more
In Belgium, a national campaign is launched to raise money for cancer research: #TourneeMinerale. In this campaign, people can be sponsored for not drinking alcohol for the whole month of February 2017. This sponsor money is donated to the national cancer research center. The name of the campaign – Tournée… Read more
This month I’ll be speaking to the PowerShell Virtual Chapter of PASS. The session is on Linux OS Fundamentals for the SQL Admin. At the core of the session we will introduce you to OS concepts like managing files and file systems, installation packages, using PowerShell on Linux,… Read more
I am studying the latest R integration with SQL Server 2016, and I believe I encounter a bug when using sp_execute_external_script. So here is the re-play of the bug;
If I run the following code, I will get an error.
-- this will return an error exec…
If you’re in the Boston area tomorrow, I urge you to go to this year’s Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) Winter Warmer event tomorrow at Gillette Stadium. It’s better than a regional VMUG, and not just VMware specific. It’s covering all things infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud, and it’s held… Read more
Someone once told me at the shop that we have plenty of software utilities laying around that could be very useful that no one is utilizing. I got to thinking about that from a DBA standpoint; we are fortunate enough to have the Tool Belt from Red Gate and with… Read more
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.
I was editing an article on PoSh and learned something cool. I can use Grid-View to surface an object in a pipeline and then change the items… Read more
The power and capabilities of Azure SQL Data Warehouse are pretty amazing. However, it’s still basically SQL Server under the covers. SQL Server still needs maintenance and one type of maintenance is keeping statistics up to date. Statistics maintenance is doubly important within Azure SQL Data Warehouse because statistics are… Read more
Blocking is just part of life I’m afraid. Because we have locks (and yes we have to have them, and no, NOLOCK doesn’t avoid them) we will have blocking. Typically it’s going to be very brief and you won’t even notice it. But sometimes you get a query or… Read more
After a short break, we are back with the 3rd interview on #DataChannel. Mr.Hamish Watson, Community Lead from Christchurch, New Zealand discusses "DevOps Practices and Azure" with me. Had a great time as always talking technology with the ever awesome Hamish. Interview recording provided below
Interview transcript to…