Mike and I have been extremely busy over the Xmas period and we’ve finally sorted dates for our 2015 instalment of the SQLNorthEast SQL Server UserGroup (@SQLNE) in Newcastle. The great news is that after much negotiation we have managed to get agreement in principal to use the same venue… Read more
During a bit of work I’ve been doing this evening for SQLRelay 2014 I used something I have in my arsenal of PowerShell scripts which I thought I’d share because I love it’s simplicity :) It’s nothing big and fancy but something that is extremely useful. Tasked with merging a… Read more
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4…
I had a request this morning for something I though was actually very simple:
Client: “Can you extract all data for these particular tables including column headers to a tab delimited .txt file?”
Chris: “Sure, no problem, I’ll just run bcp querying sys.tables using a COALESCE loop to… Read more
SQLBits in Nottingham was where it all began. A short conversation on whether there were any plans for a SQL usergroup in Newcastle with Richard Douglas (@SQLRich) and whether there was scope for me to begin setting one up quickly moved onto conversations with Chris Testa-O’Neill (@ctesta_oneill ) and eventually… Read more
As some of you may be aware, triggers are not my favourite thing in the world but like most things, it does have its place.
Whilst onsite with one of my clients, one of the processes fires a trigger on insert which ultimately runs a SSRS subscription to email a… Read more
Just a very quick blog today regarding an issue that has arisen with one of my clients. During Integration it became apparent that one table in particular was failing during the weekly consistency checks, the error being output:
DBCC results for ‘sys.extended_index_1696529623_384000′.
There are 313423 rows in 1627 pages for…
I finally pulled my finger out and took the last exam of the MCSE SQL Server 2012 – Data Platform certification last week and passed with a score of 876 which is pretty respectable in my opinion ;)
The exam consisted of 3 sections:
Well I finally got around to completing the MCSA aspect of the SQL Server 2012 Certification and I’m pleased to say i passed with flying colours. As some of you may be aware I managed to nab and pass 3 of the Beta exams (70-461, 70-462 and 70-465) back in… Read more
I wouldn’t class myself as an expert in SSIS but I certainly know my way around but came across something today which I thought I’d share. As with a lot of things there are “many ways to skin a cat”, none of which is something I’ll go into at the… Read more
Being a 2011 finalist I felt I should try and rally all those who truly are exceptional to get their nominations in and quick sharp as the closing date is getting close.
I was lucky enough to be nominated for this award last year and wasn’t going to follow it… Read more
Well after being a bit late in trying to book the beta exams I managed to get three of the five I needed for the MCSE data platform booked, taken and I’m pleased to say passed!
Unfortunately due to the fact I did 461, 462 and 465 means I don’t… Read more
Well I’ve now done the final SQL Server 2012 exam I managed to get a slot booked for. The Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 exam wasn’t going to be my strongest subject as I’m more of a DBA than Developer but i felt it went quite well.
The exam consisted… Read more
Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Beta exam (70-465 / 71-465) – My Thoughts
After sitting the Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases Beta exam (71-462) on Monday, I was still a little disappointed with Microsofts approach to questioning for these exams. So I went into this exam with pretty much the same mindset that the questions were going to be vague and in… Read more
On Monday I did my first Microsoft SQL Server exam since I did my SQL Server 2000 exams many moons ago and I can’t believe the quality of questioning hasn’t changed one bit! Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all plain sailing but for me, what made it difficult was… Read more
Sorry for another Powershell post but I’ve been doing a lot of it recently and coming up with (what i think are) a few nifty tricks.
One of the issues I encountered recently was with Kerberos delegation whilst trying to automate Log Shipping. What I was trying to do was… Read more
Not blogged for a while due to client and project commitments but something which has surprised me when speaking with colleagues both past and present is that when I mention the built in function OBJECT_DEFINITION, the majority of DBA’s haven’t heard of it, never mind used it. So i felt… Read more
As I imagine that the majority of people who are reading this will have some level of SSIS knowledge, I’ll not go into explanations about package configurations in SSIS and its various methods but rather jump straight to it.
The majority of environments I’ve worked in where SSIS packages are… Read more
I’ve recently decided I’ve got to get with the times and started dabbling with Powershell. Up until now i’ve not really seen any use (as a DBA) for it from a SQL Server perspective as I’ve been able to achieve pretty much everything in the past using TSQL, VBScript and/or… Read more
On Wednesday 13th July at 16:06 (GMT) I got what could only be described as the biggest shock of my 31 years on this planet – an email from the Exceptional DBA Awards 2011 saying that I’d made it as one of the final five! To say it’s an honour… Read more