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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

What Port Should I Use?–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

This is a quick post on checking the port for your SQL Server instance. It’s in line with Tim Ford’s request for simple, beginning blog posts this… Read more

1 comments, 79 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2016

SQL in the City is coming next week

Next week is the 2016 version of SQL in the City and you can register now to attend. It’s free and doesn’t require any travel. You can watch the event live from the comfort of your office chair.

In the many years that we’ve run SQL in the City, we’ve… Read more

0 comments, 97 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 December 2016

A Python SQL Server App

I got a link recently from Microsoft on building apps easily for SQL Server. At the top of the page, they ask you to pick a language and OS. Since I’ve done a little Python and I used Windows, I chose that option.

The page looks to walk… Read more

0 comments, 191 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 December 2016

Find my git remote

I work on a few projects and have a bunch of demos setup, but I don’t work on them all every week. Being only semi-creative like many of you, I end up with some similar projects with similar names. When I wanted to determine which project was linked to which… Read more

0 comments, 155 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 December 2016

Moving Tasks with Copy-SqlJob

More dbatools experimentation for me. This is a great set of Powershell cmdlets that solve simple, handy problems. In this post, I want to look at Copy-SqlJob, which will allow me to easily move jobs from one instance to another.

The Job Subsystem

Jobs in SQL Server are part… Read more

0 comments, 167 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 December 2016

Hey Posh, Are My Services Running?–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

In a previous post, I looked at escaping strings. The reason I needed to do this was that I was trying to do some automatic work… Read more

0 comments, 232 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 December 2016

What’s the little popup window in #SQLPrompt?

Awhile back I was working in SSMS and saw this window.

It threw me off since I was trying to write some code and hadn’t expected it. I clicked Escape, Enter, a few things and was getting frustrated when it disappeared.

I ignored it until I saw the window again… Read more

0 comments, 146 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 November 2016

Rate a Session for GroupBy

One of the things that I struggle with is understanding whether a session at a conference like a SQL Saturday is worth watching. I also struggle writing abstracts and attracting people to my own sessions, so I think the idea of GroupBy allowing rating and reviewing of abstracts in advance… Read more

2 comments, 165 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 November 2016

Validating a Set of Database Scripts using DLM Automation

The basis of all the DLM Automation from Redgate is a series of PowerShell cmdlets. They might look intimidating or confusing, but they aren’t. This is part of a series of posts that examine how you use each one.

Previously I looked at New-DatabaseConnection. In this post, I’ll go through… Read more

0 comments, 154 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 November 2016

Quick PoSh Kills with Stop-DbaProcess

I’ve been trying to get used to using the dbatools cmdlets in PoSh. They help me learn some PowerShell, but they also make some things easier. As a part of my practice, I’m documenting the various items I’ve played with. This post looks at Stop-DbaProcess.

Killing Spids

At first I… Read more

0 comments, 972 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 November 2016

Escaping a Dollar Sign in PoSh–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I’ve been working more with PowerShell lately and ran into a problem I thought would be easy, but it wasn’t. So I decided to blog what I… Read more

11 comments, 206 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 November 2016

Getting Team City working with BitBucket

As a part of building a CI/CD home lab, I set up TeamCity in the past. I plan on using this for multiple projects, and in fact, I’d built a basic Hello, World C# application as my first build.

Now it is time to work on something more complex. As… Read more

0 comments, 187 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 November 2016

Two Weeks to Live! 360 and VSLive Orlando

A short break in speaking, as I haven’t been on stage since Oct 11.

Now it’s two weeks to Live! 360 in Orlando and VS Live, both happening in Orlando on Dec 5-9. You can still register, and save $500 with my link.

This is my first time at… Read more

0 comments, 486 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 November 2016

#SQLNewBlogger – T-SQL ESCAPE for Wildcards

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I ran into a really interesting issue recently. I was working with a table and wanted to determine if the first character of a string was a… Read more

1 comments, 162 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2016

DLM Automation–Making a Database Connection

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is dig more into the command line automation cmdlets from the Redgate DLM Automation suite. While there are plugins for many build and release systems, I should be able to customize, or fall back, to the command line if necessary.

Plus,… Read more

1 comments, 187 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 November 2016

More dbatools–Get-DbaTcpPort

After the MVP Summit, I was excited to check out more code and features in all aspects of SQL Server, but since I’d had a quick conversation with Aaron Nelson and Chrissy LeMaire, I decided to tackle another part of dbatools.

BTW, they gave me a cool sticker. Read more

5 comments, 1,313 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 November 2016

A Good Deed After Game Night

When we set up Game Night, we decided to sell tickets to reduce our risk. However, we didn’t have a good way to easily match up the ticket price with the costs of drinks. As a result, we ended up with about $105 extra from our ticket sales over… Read more

0 comments, 189 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 November 2016

Growing Speakers for T-SQL Tuesday #84

It’s T-SQL Tuesday again, and for $#84, we have a non-technical topic. Hopefully this will then let us produce more technical content by growing new speakers. That’s the topic from Andy Yun, and it’s a good one.

This is the monthly blog party, and you should feel to participate… Read more

2 comments, 211 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 November 2016

The GUI Helps Build SQL Prompt Snippets

SQL Prompt is an amazing tool for writing T-SQL. It helps you to concentrate on your code, without having to go off and examine Books Online or other documentation, or even worry about formatting.

One of the keys to making Prompt efficient for you, in your environment, is… Read more

0 comments, 310 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 November 2016

Looking Back–Game Night at the 2016 #sqlsummit

I’m trying to look back at some of the events of the recent Summit, and Game Night was one of these. You can read the announcement, but here’s a few thoughts on how this went.

First, the day started out fine on Thursday. Throughout the week I’d had people come… Read more

10 comments, 254 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 November 2016

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