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Born SQL with Randolph West

Randolph West solves technology problems with a focus on SQL Server and C#. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who has worked with SQL Server since the late 1990s. When not consulting, he can be seen acting on the stage and screen or doing voices for independent video games.

Archives: November 2017

Introducing SQL Operations Studio

Note: This is content that I originally wrote for our upcoming book, SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out, that did not meet the publishing deadline. A new cross-platform tool for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database Microsoft has announced the preview of SQL Operations Studio, an exciting addition to the… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 29 November 2017

MySQL has this feature that SQL Server needs

In the grand scheme of things, MySQL and SQL Server operate in different realms. It’s difficult to compare them because MySQL is predominantly used for websites as part of the free LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), while SQL Server’s range is much broader than that. There’s one neat… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 22 November 2017

SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out

For the last five months or so, I have been helping some really smart people put words on paper, both the physical and electronic kind, which is hopefully going to culminate in an actual technical book that I can point to and say “Yes, that’s the name I invented for… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 15 November 2017

T-SQL Tuesday: The Contributing Factor

Ewald Cress writes: Find a person or several people to pick on, and tell us a shareable story or two about how they have made a positive contribution in your life. I’ve known Ewald for 27 years, though we only met two years ago. It’s wonderful that he is hosting… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 14 November 2017

Is Transparent Data Encryption just security theatre?

I love theatre. In six months I am putting on two one-act plays for a local festival, because I don’t already have enough on my plate. Security theatre, on the other hand, I don’t like. It is security for the sake of appearances, that offers little to no solution to… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 8 November 2017

Gimmicks that work: XE Profiler in SQL Server Management Studio

I have a favourite new feature of SQL Server Management Studio 17.3 (SSMS), and that’s XE Profiler, which allows you to monitor your instance in real time using Extended Events from inside SSMS with just the click of a mouse. So is it Extended Events or Profiler? Let’s talk about… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 1 November 2017