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Archives: June 2010

Does Your Company Have a SQL Server DR Plan?

This past month I ran a poll asking this question: “Does your company have a formal, tested, disaster recovery plan for your SQL Servers.” While this was not a scientific poll, nor do I purport that it is representative of the real world, the results are still scary.

As you… Read more

0 comments, 544 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 30 June 2010

SQL Server Instance Checklist

This is my third in a series of checklists that I am putting together for a new book designed for DBAs to help audit their SQL Server instances. Previously I blogged about my SQL Server Hardware Checklist and my SQL Server Operating System Checklist. The goal of this checklist… Read more

2 comments, 1,082 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 29 June 2010

Vote for the Exceptional DBA of the Year

Starting today, you can vote for the 2010 Exceptional DBA of the Year. All of the nominations have been reviewed by a panel of judges, and six have been selected to be voted on by the SQL Server community. The winner will not only receive the recognition of being the… Read more

1 comments, 177 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 June 2010

SQL Server Operating System Checklist

As a part of a new book project, I am putting together a series of checklists that DBAs can use to inventory and audit their servers. Previously, I blogged about my SQL Server Hardware Checklist, in this post, I am writing about my Operating System Checklist. The goal of… Read more

1 comments, 506 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 June 2010

SQL Server Hardware Checklist

I’m in the process of putting together a SQL Server hardware inventory/audit checklist for an upcoming book project. The purpose of this list is to provide a comprehensive listing of all the important information about the components of a physical server used to run SQL Server. Besides collecting hardware information Read more

4 comments, 1,146 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 21 June 2010

SQLBits 7 to be Held in York September 30 – October 2, 2010

SQLBits—The 7 Wonders of SQL Conference—will be held in York, England, September 30 through October 2, 2010. SQLBits is the largest SQL Server conference held in Europe, and this three-day event will be held at York University, allowing up to 500 SQL Server professionals to attend.

The first day… Read more

0 comments, 170 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 21 June 2010

Travel Tips from an Intrepid Traveling DBA

Recently, Buck Woody challenged myself, Paul Randal, and Brent Ozar to write a blog post on “How I Travel”. I have actually been thinking about blogging about this topic, but I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in hearing my travel tips, but since Buck put me up… Read more

2 comments, 507 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 18 June 2010

What is the Ideal SQL Server Test Box?

I’m thinking about setting up a SQL Server test box in my home office for doing some extensive, real-world SQL Server performance testing. So far, here is what I am thinking about getting:

–Because I have limited space, the test box will need to be a tower. I will also…

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0 comments, 153 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 17 June 2010

Hawaii is Not Prometric Microsoft Certification Test Friendly

While I was at TechEd last week, I got a 50% off Microsoft Certification test voucher that expires on June 30, 2010. Since I had not yet taken any SQL Server 2008 certification tests, I decided that this would be a good opportunity to save a few dollars and take… Read more

5 comments, 770 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 15 June 2010

TechEd Impressions: Day Four

TechEd is finally over, and I have been overwhelmed by attending 20 different sessions over the last four days. As with any conference I attend, my head is swimming with a lot of new information that I hope I can retain over the long term.

I accidently ended up in… Read more

5 comments, 174 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 12 June 2010

TechEd Impressions: Day Three

Today I attended four regular sessions, plus a special lunch session for Microsoft MVPs. The sessions I attended varied a lot in quality, although there were two sessions that stood out. Both of these sessions were by the same speaker, Sunil Agarwal, a Program Manager in the Microsoft SQL… Read more

2 comments, 180 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 10 June 2010

TechEd Impressions: Day Two

It’s only day two of the four day conference, and I am already exhausted from attending sessions from 8:00 AM to 6:15 PM, and walking, literally miles, to get back and forth between sessions. The New Orleans convention center is about .6 miles long, and it can take 10-15 minutes… Read more

6 comments, 262 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 9 June 2010

Impressions of My First Day at TechEd 2010

TechEd 2010 started today, June 7, and will run through Thursday, June 10, 2010. In the past TechEd has run for five days (or ten days as an experiment a few years ago). At only four days this year, this TechEd is the shortest of the four TechEd events I… Read more

2 comments, 360 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 June 2010

Pensacola Holds Second Annual SQL Saturday

SQL Saturday #22 was held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, with about 224 attendees participating in this free event. It was held at the Pensacola Junior College in Pensacola, FL.

Forty-three different sessions in six different tracks were offered (mostly SQL Server, but with a few .NET and miscellaneous sessions… Read more

0 comments, 647 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 7 June 2010

Winner of the May SQL Aloha Contest

This month’s question had 21 responses, although a few were duplicates. The question was:

What is your favorite DBA joke?

If you haven’t read the jokes yet, click on the link above to see what people came up with.

Humor is very subjective, which made it difficult to select… Read more

0 comments, 145 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 2 June 2010

PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers Closes Saturday, June 5

If you are planning to submit any sessions to the 2010 PASS Summit, the deadline is Saturday, June 5, 2010. For more information, and the link to submit your session ideas, visit here.

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0 comments, 157 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 1 June 2010