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Archives: June 2009

Exceptional DBA Award Entries Must Be In By July 10, 2009

If you have been considering entering yourself in the Exceptional DBA Awards this year, or nominating a DBA you know, don’t procrastinate much longer, as the last date you can enter is July 10, 2009.

I am one of four judges who will be selecting the nominees, and I want… Read more

0 comments, 1,574 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 25 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, 1,979 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 24 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, 3,030 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, 671 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 June 2009

SQLTeach Offers Wide Range of Training for DBAs and Developers

The DevTeach/SQLTeach keynote was from Tim Huckaby, founder of InterKnowlogy.


DevTeach/SQLTeach was held this past June 8-12 in Vancouver, BC at the Four Seasons Hotel, located directly in the middle of Vancouver’s vibrant city center.

The event offered 8 different tracks (two for SQL Server) and had 58 different… Read more

2 comments, 711 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 16 June 2009

Pensacola, FL SQL Saturday a Great Success

Rodney Landrum, SQL Server MVP, and Karla Remail, coordinator of the Pensacola SQL Saturday,  give out prizes at the conclusion of the event.

The first SQL Saturday to be held in Pensacola, FL was held Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the Pensacola Junior College, and attracted 173 attendees from several… Read more

5 comments, 1,105 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 June 2009

SQLServerCentral.Com to Offer SQL Server Track at SQL Server Connections

I have spoken at many conferences over the years, including the PASS Community Summit and SQL Server Connections, and one of the things I have noticed is that there is very little overlap between the DBAs and developers who attend each of these conferences. There seems to be a… Read more

2 comments, 692 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 4 June 2009