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Archives: December 2008

Check Out the Free Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool

Traditionally, analyzing Performance Monitor data has not been an easy task. It often involved viewing Performance Monitor logs in graph view, seeing what was happening, and hoping that your knowledge and background in SQL Server and the Windows OS provided you with enough information in order to help you to… Read more

2 comments, 3,181 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 December 2008

Looking for a DBA Diversion?

If you haven't done so, check out this Simple-Talk Editorial by Tony Davis, in addition to all the comments the editorial has generated. It will keep you chuckling for the rest of the day. Read more

0 comments, 633 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 December 2008

Dos and Don'ts for Projecting a Professional Image on the Internet

In a previous blog post, I suggested that less than professional content, that you or others post on the Internet about yourself, could have a negative effect on your career as a DBA. In this post, I offer suggestions on how to project a professional image on the Internet. Read more

7 comments, 1,078 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 17 December 2008

Is Your Internet Activity Hurting Your DBA Career?

I have been active on the Internet for 15 years, and during that time I have left a long trail behind me. If you Google my name, there are over 5,000 hits. If you check my name in Live Search, there are over 8,000 hits. If you wanted to, you… Read more

5 comments, 930 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 17 December 2008

DBAs Still in High Demand

With the world economy on the downside, there is at least one bright light, and that is DBAs are still in high demand, and will continue to be in high demand for many years to come.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor (BLS), job growth for DBAs is… Read more

3 comments, 1,005 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 9 December 2008

Trying to Figure Out if SQL Server 2008 Data Compression Will Benefit You?

SQL Server 2008 (Enterprise Edition) offers row and page compression, which can potentially offer a boost in disk I/O in return for giving up some CPU resources. While this feature has lots of potential, one of the greatest difficulties in using it is how to determine which tables and indexes… Read more

0 comments, 1,418 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 December 2008