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Archives: October 2009

Blogging From the 2009 PASS Community Summit

Like a lot of other SQL Server bloggers, this week I will attempt to write regular blog entries each day, and hopefully include some photographs of the activities I attend. I am not an “official” PASS blogger, but I will try and offer my perspective of the event, with my… Read more

2 comments, 502 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 31 October 2009

Amazon.com Author Central Page

If you are a book author, Amazon.com now allows authors to promote their books with a new author’s page. The new feature is called Author Central.

Mine is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Brad-M-McGehee/e/B002RWVEB8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

The page allows you to add a photograph, a short bio, your blog RSS feed, and even a discussion… Read more

1 comments, 254 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 28 October 2009

2009 PASS Community Summit and SQL Server Connections Conference, Both in November

        

If you will be attending either the 2009 PASS Community Summit in Seattle, WA, from November 2-5; or the SQL Server Connections Conference in Las Vegas, NV, November 9-12, please stop by and say hello.

I will be making two presentations at both events, and I hope that you can… Read more

0 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 October 2009

Get Your SQL Server Questions Answered at ASK.SQLServerCentral.com

While the SQLServerCentral.com forums have always been a popular way to get your SQL Server questions answered, and to participate in the greater SQL Server Community, SQLServerCentral.com is now offering a new feature called Ask.SQLServerCentral.com, which is a new way to find answers to your SQL Server questions. You… Read more

1 comments, 297 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 October 2009

Four New Zealand Cities are Final Stops on 30 Day Speaking Tour

After making seven presentations in Australia, I headed to New Zealand where I made four presentations in four cities, on four successive days. Because my schedule was so packed, I only got a couple of days in Auckland (New Zealand’s most populace city) to visit the sites.

The photo is… Read more

1 comments, 170 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 October 2009

Red Gate Has 10th Birthday

I first met Simon Galbraith, one of the co-owners of Red Gate Software at PASS in 2002, when they had less than ten people on their staff. At the time, I was running SQL-Server-Performance.com, and they were the largest advertiser on my website. Eight years later, Red Gate is now… Read more

3 comments, 158 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 24 October 2009

Download the Free eBook “The SQL Server Tacklebox”

Rodney Landrum, SQL Server MVP, is the author of the new book, The SQL Server Tacklebox: Essential Tools and Scripts for the Day-to-Day DBA. This 240 page book, and accompanying scripts, is chock full of advice for DBAs, from novice to experienced.

 

 

The book focuses on these topics: Read more

0 comments, 238 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 October 2009

Sydney SQL Server Users Group Draws Big Crowd

On Tuesday, October 13, I spoke at the Sydney SQL Server Users Group, presenting on “How to Get the Most Out of the SQL Server 2005/2008 Profiler,” the last of my seven presentations made on my Australia speaking tour.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at… Read more

0 comments, 182 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 October 2009

Melbourne SQL Server Group is Fifth Stop in Down Under Tour

I spoke at the Melbourne SQL Server Users Group on Monday, October 12, 2009. The group meets at lunch time the 2nd Monday of each month in downtown Melbourne. I spoke on Getting the Most Out of the SQL Server 2005/2008 Profiler. The group is hosted by Greg Low Read more

1 comments, 155 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 19 October 2009

Free E-Book on XSD SQL Server Schema Collections

Whether you like it or not, as a SQL Server DBA or Developer, you will eventually have to learn about XML and XSD (XML Schema Definition Language). XML has become, and continues to grow, as a popular format for exchanging data. If you are not up to speed on this… Read more

0 comments, 204 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 16 October 2009

Backing Up Your Data is Obvious, Or Isn’t It?

Often, when I give presentations on DBA best practices, I make the obvious point that databases need to be regularly backed up, and that backups need to be tested to ensure that they can be successfully restored. Often, when I make this point, I feel that what I am saying… Read more

1 comments, 252 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 16 October 2009

120 DBAs and Developers Attend SQL Down Under

The fourth annual SQL Down Under Code Camp was held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia this past October 10th and 11th.

Over 120 DBAs and developers throughout Australia converged to attend Australia’s largest free SQL Server event. The two-day code camp included 14 sessions presented by 12… Read more

0 comments, 184 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 14 October 2009

Think You are Good at Designing User Interfaces? Then Prove It and Win!

The Future of Monitoring website, hosted by the Software Development Usability Team at Red Gate Software, is sponsoring a “Design the Perfect Monitoring Dashboard” contest. The goal is for you to design the ideal dashboard for monitoring a real-time view of what is happening with the SQL Servers you… Read more

0 comments, 164 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 14 October 2009

Free T-SQL Database Maintenance Scripts

I often get questions in e-mails, or at user group meetings, for advice on writing T-SQL database maintenance scripts. There seem to be a lot of DBAs who need more flexibility than what the Database Maintenance Wizard offers to perform database maintenance, which means they must user either T-SQL or… Read more

3 comments, 2,145 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 14 October 2009

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Early Access Edition Now Available

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, a new book written by 53 SQL Server MVPs, is now available as an eBook, and will be available in paperback in November.

The book, which is edited by Paul Nielson, Kalen Delaney, Greg Low, Adam Machanic, Paul S. Randal, and Kimberly L. Tripp,… Read more

5 comments, 191 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 October 2009

Newcastle Coders Group is Third Stop on Down Under Tour

I just made a whirlwind trip to Newcastle to speak at the Newcastle Coders Group, on “Getting the Most Out of the SQL Server 2005/2008 Profiler”. I took a 3-hour train ride from Sydney to Newcastle in the afternoon, made my presentation at 6:00 PM, then returned to Sydney… Read more

0 comments, 143 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 October 2009

Perth SQL Server Users Group is Second Stop in Australia

On Friday, October 3, I spoke a second time at Perth, this time at the Perth SQL Server Users Group. My presentation was on “Introducing the SQL Server 2008 Performance Data Collector.”

Again, the event was hosted by Mitch Wheat, who is also the leader of the Perth… Read more

0 comments, 244 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 October 2009

Perth SQL Server Users Group is Second Stop in Australia

On Friday, October 3, I spoke a second time at Perth, this time at the Perth SQL Server Users Group. My presentation was on “Introducing the SQL Server 2008 Performance Data Collector.”

Again, the event was hosted by Mitch Wheat, who is also the leader of the Perth… Read more

0 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 October 2009

Perth .NET Users Group First Stop of Down Under Tour

As the first stop of my five city speaking tour of Australia, I spoke at the Perth .NET Users Group on Thursday, October 1, 2009 on “How to Interpret SQL Server Graphical Execution Plans.

The group is run by Mitch Wheat, a Visual C# MVP (left in the photo),… Read more

0 comments, 178 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 2 October 2009

Perth .NET Users Group First Stop of Down Under Tour

As the first stop of my five city speaking tour of Australia, I spoke at the Perth .NET Users Group on Thursday, October 1, 2009 on “How to Interpret SQL Server Graphical Execution Plans.

The group is run by Mitch Wheat, a Visual C# MVP (left in the photo),… Read more

0 comments, 181 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 1 October 2009