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Sheldon Hull

After working in the mortgage industry for 7 years, I transitioned into Business Intelligence and began learning SQL and .NET. My goal is to integrate my business knowledge into my development to intelligently analyze and find solutions to problems. Blogging offers me an option to share what I've learned as well as receive feedback on better practices and solutions.

Archives: April 2016

Red Gate Dependency Tracker - Making Databases Into Moving Art

data structures are art

If anyone thinks that working with complex data structures is boring... I don't know what world they live in. The problem is often that sql tables and data structures are just script files and lists of tables in an object explorer.

However, once you crack open… Read more

0 comments, 849 reads

Posted in Sheldon Hull on 27 April 2016

Automating SSMS 2016 Updates & Install

Figured I'd share a way to automate the SSMS 2016 updates until it gets it's own fancy self updater. I love staying up to date, but with Power BI, SSMS, and others updating monthly or more and not having any automation for keeping up to date, this is something I… Read more

0 comments, 2,527 reads

Posted in Sheldon Hull on 19 April 2016

Cool Tools: Powershell ISE-Steroids

Disclaimer: I have been provided with a free license because I am reviewing. This doesn't impact my assessment of the tool. I have a passion for finding tools that help developers, and even more specifically SQL DBA/Developers improve their workflow and development. I don't recommend tools without actually using them… Read more

0 comments, 743 reads

Posted in Sheldon Hull on 14 April 2016

Failed to Initialize SQL Agent Log... not worthy

Moving system databases in SQL Server takes a bit of practice. I got that again, along with a dose of SQL humility (so tasty!), today after messing up some cleanup with sql agent server log files.

Failed to initialize SQL Agent log (reason: Access is denied).  

I was creating a… Read more

0 comments, 4,489 reads

Posted in Sheldon Hull on 1 April 2016