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Archives: May 2010

June Question: What is your best advice for boosting index performance?

Post your responses to the above SQL Aloha Question of the Month in the comments section below (at www.bradmcgehee.com if you are viewing this from a syndicated newsfeed). And don’t forget to enter your e-mail address when you post your response, so I can contact you if you win.

I’ll… Read more

0 comments, 558 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 31 May 2010

Two Blog Series You Don’t Want to Miss

Blogs are a great way to learn new things about SQL Server, and just in case you have missed them, I want to recommend the following two blog series that I feel every DBA should read.

The first blog series is from Glen Berry, and is called the April 2010… Read more

1 comments, 646 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 28 May 2010

Are You a Full-Time or Part-Time DBA?

I’m always trying to find out about the DBAs who visit my blog, as it helps me to better understand them, which helps me to better target the blog posts I write. While I use Google Analytics to help me find out more about my audience (such as how often… Read more

0 comments, 566 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 28 May 2010

Becoming a Part of the SQL Server Twitter Community

There have been tens of thousands of blog posts and articles written about Twitter, and because of this, I have hesitated writing one myself. I have decided to write a short post because of something I overhead at a recent conference I attended. Here is what I overhead, “I’ll start… Read more

2 comments, 240 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 May 2010

IndyTechFest 2010 a Big Hit

Jesse Liberty,a Developer Community Program Manager for Microsoft, starts off IndyTechFest 2010 with the keynote presentation.

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, over 400 SQL Server, .NET, SharePoint, Silverlight, and Windows Phone professionals gathered together and spent a free day of training at IndyTechFest, sharpening their technical and career skills,… Read more

0 comments, 181 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 May 2010

North Texas SQL Server User Group Offers Innovative Educational Series

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, I had the opportunity to speak at the North Texas SQL Server Users Group, which is held on the third Thursday of every month at the Microsoft offices in Irving, TX (near Dallas).

The user group is headed up by Sri Sridharan, with help… Read more

0 comments, 179 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 27 May 2010

Career Advice for the Novice SQL Server DBA

In April, I ran a Question of the Month that asked, “What advice would you offer a novice DBA in order to help them along in their career.” As usual, the SQL Server community responded and provided a lot of great advice. Below, I have summarized (in no particular order)… Read more

2 comments, 339 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 13 May 2010

IndyTechFest 2010 Offers Free Training

For the third year in a row, IndyTechFest will offer free training for SQL Server DBAs and Developers, .NET Developers, SharePoint Administrators and Developers, and much more. The event will be held Saturday, May 22, in Indianapolis, IN at the Marriott Indianapolis East Conference Center. The event offers 40 different… Read more

1 comments, 249 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 12 May 2010

New Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server

Simple-Talk Publishing has released a new, free 291 page eBook called Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server, by Alex Kuznetsov. Here is what the book covers, as described from the book’s introduction.

“Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by… Read more

2 comments, 968 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 10 May 2010

Winner of the April SQL Aloha Contest

This month’s question had 28 responses, and as usual, I found it difficult to select a winner because all of the responses provided valuable information that all DBAs can learn from. This month’s question was:

What advice would you offer a novice DBA in order to help them along…

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0 comments, 243 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 5 May 2010

May Question: What is your favorite DBA joke?

Post your responses to the above SQL Aloha Question of the Month in the comments section below (at www.bradmcgehee.com if you are viewing this from a syndicated newsfeed). Please keep your jokes family friendly, and if you aren’t the author of the joke, and you know who the author is,… Read more

1 comments, 502 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 4 May 2010

Nominations for the 2010 Exceptional DBA Award are Now Open

SQLServerCentral.com, along with Red Gate Software, are glad to announce that nominations for the 2010 Exceptional DBA Awards are now open. Three years ago, the award was established to help bring about more awareness regarding the importance of the DBA role among the IT community. The first ever… Read more

0 comments, 808 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 4 May 2010

SQL Server Monitoring Checklist

I have worked with a lot of organizations who just have just a small handful of SQL Server instances. In most of these cases, these SQL Servers contain mission-critical data, but on the other hand, these organizations are not big enough to justify a full-time DBA, so either they subcontract… Read more

2 comments, 753 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 3 May 2010

Don’t Forget to Register for the Free 24 Hours of PASS

The free 24 Hours of PASS event will held May 19 & 20, and includes 24 different one hour presentations on many different aspects of SQL Server, with a special emphasis on SQL Server 2008 R2. You need to register to attend, so sign up today so you won’t forget. Read more

4 comments, 161 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 3 May 2010