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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

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Archives: January 2010

Columbia Code Camp 2010

We're making a final push to let everyone know about the Columbia Code Camp 2010, which happens tomorrow, January 30. It's being held in downtown Columbia, and there are 6 different tracks, including 2 SQL tracks (yes, 2 SQL tracks at a code camp). From the SQL Server side speakers include… Read more

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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 29 January 2010

Three Life-Changing Events

Paul Randal started a meme about three life changing events that brought him to where he is today. Brent Ozar tagged me, so here's my story of how I came to be a DBA.

Introduction to Computers

My introduction to computers started way back in 3rd grade. A group… Read more

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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 18 January 2010

Admitting When You're Wrong

As a father of two head-strong boys (inherited trait), I struggle with getting them to admit they are wrong when they know they are. Recently I caught my oldest dead-to-rights on something and he stood there and refused to back down. Of course, I was upset, but this was a teachable moment. So… Read more

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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 15 January 2010

Be Security Smart on Haiti Earthquake

Not surprisingly, there are already vultures looking to take advantage of the tragic earthquake in Haiti for their own financial gain. The Internet Storm Center (ISC) has posted this:

Domains being registered about the Haiti earthquakes already

At this point we don't know what are being registered for reasonable purposes and… Read more

Bad Default Database Leads to a Failed Login Attempt

Yesterday we had a user receiving the infamous failed login attempt error (no, that's not a valid IP):

Login failed for user 'MyDomain\SomeUser'. [CLIENT:]
Error: 18456, Severity: 14, State: 16.

Verifying the account in Active Directory, we saw no issues. Looking in the Security event log on the server… Read more

The Right Attitude to be a Mentor

When I first reported to my duty assignment with the US Air Force, there were 3 sergeants in my shop. One was away on a special project and I wouldn't see much of him for the next six months. That left a staff sergeant I'll call James and a technical sergeant… Read more

What Matters Is What They Want

In September 1986 my family returned to Beaufort, SC, from a three year tour stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. My father was a Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps and we were returning to MCAS Beaufort. The first month or so we stayed with my uncle and aunt and during that… Read more

Re-Awarded MVP Status for 2010

I have been re-awarded MVP status for SQL Server for 2010. It's a humbling honor, and I will strive again to live up to it throughout this next year. Read more