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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: December 2017

No moving parts, the story of persistent memory

In November 2017, during the PASS Summit keynote, Microsoft’s Bob Ward (Principal Architect) demonstrated a “diskless database” running on Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) hardware. The storage layer is known as “persistent memory”. At the end of November, Bob and his colleague Jamie Reding (Senior Program Manager) wrote a blog post about… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 27 December 2017

Disable, don’t delete those indexes

A quick post this week, since it’s that time of the year when people do gift exchanges and put up colourful lights. Here goes: If we need to remove an unused index, we should disable it, not delete it. In SQL Server Management Studio, we can do this in the… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 20 December 2017

Take a walk

When I need to clear my head, I go for a walk. When I need to think about a problem, I go for a walk. When I need to plan a new talk, I go for a walk. My companion on my walks is Trixie, a purebred Chihuahua. Trixie is… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 13 December 2017

All Mac users should do this immediately

This post is a public service announcement for all users of macOS High Sierra (10.13). (Note: Apple has already released a fix, but if you do not have automatic updates enabled, this may still affect you.) If you didn’t hear about it already, a major security flaw was discovered last… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 6 December 2017