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Archives: August 2010

Interview with SQL Server MVP Glenn Berry

This is a first of a series of interviews with speakers presenting at the SQLServerCentral.com track at SQL Server Connections in November 2010. This interview is with SQL Server MVP Glenn Berry (blog | Twitter).


Tell us a little about yourself Glenn.

After high school, I spent… Read more

0 comments, 2,238 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 31 August 2010

Microsoft Offers New Certification Exam Discount

If you are intending to take any Microsoft Certification tests soon, you are in luck, because Microsoft has recently introduced a discount you will want to take advantage of. If you are willing to purchase a 2-exam or 3-exam certification pack, you will get a 15% discount off the cost… Read more

4 comments, 1,183 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 28 August 2010

DBA Tracy Hamlin Wins the 2010 Exceptional DBA of the Year Award

Tracy Hamlin (Twitter) has been voted as the 2010 Exceptional DBA of the Year by the SQL Server community. The annual awards program, hosted by SQL Server Central and sponsored by Red Gate Software, drew the largest number of community votes in its three-year history.

Tracy receives… Read more

1 comments, 980 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 20 August 2010

Checkout SQLServerIO.com for Useful Information on SQL Server Storage Systems

At the recent SQLSaturday #28 in Baton Rouge, LA, I had the opportunity to meet Wes Brown (Blog | Twitter), and attend his session on “Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server”. I enjoyed his presentation and also discovered that Wes has a blog where he shares his deep… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 19 August 2010

How Do You Defragment Your SQL Server Indexes

I give a lot of presentations based on best practices, and in all of them I stress the importance of regularly rebuilding or reorganizing indexes. Both the REBUILD and the REORGANIZE options have their pros and cons, so I thought it would be interesting to do a poll to see… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 18 August 2010

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview

Looking for some free SQL Server training? How about 24 hours of free training offered by some of the top SQL Server experts in the world? If so, sign up for the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS live webcasts to be held September 15-16, 2010. It’s your opportunity to continue… Read more

0 comments, 464 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 17 August 2010

How to Performance Tune a VLDB on your Desktop

Recently, I wrote a review of Red Gate Software’s new SQL Virtual Restore software. SQL Virtual Restore allows you to quickly turn a compressed backup into a live, virtual database, with the advantage that the virtual database is substantially smaller than the original database, while at the same time acting… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 17 August 2010

devLINK a Huge Success

Where can you spend $100 and get three full days of technical training? devLINK of course. devLINK  2010 was held this past week in Nashville (August 5-7), and had 800 registered attendees. There were over 150 session in 10 different tracks, with 71 different speakers. While the focus of the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 August 2010

Winner of the July Question of the Month

This month’s question of the month was:

Tell us your story of how you happened to become a DBA.

This month, the winner of the contest was selected randomly, and the winner was Bill Wehnert, who has won a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate and a single license to SQL Response Read more

0 comments, 355 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 2 August 2010

August Question: What types of continuing education do you use to keep up with being a DBA?

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.

This… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 2 August 2010