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Cleveland DBA

Colleen Morrow is a SQL Server Consultant at UpSearch, a provider of DBA resources in northeastern Ohio. She has worked in the IT industry for 20 years, doing everything from technical support to development to database administration on Informix, Oracle, and SQL Server platforms.

SQL Audit 101 – Creating a basic audit

SQL Audit was introduced in SQL 2008, and for the first time auditing was treated as a “first-class” object in SQL Server, meaning it could be managed by DDL statements.  It was built on the extended events framework and what made it really neat was that the event was recorded… Read more

3 comments, 1,356 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 9 July 2012

SQL Server Auditing – Getting started

In my organization, one of my jobs is auditing our database environment.  I’ve been tasked with this responsibility for several years now, and it hasn’t always been easy.  In fact, I used to despise the entire process.  Why?  Because I wasn’t using the right tool for the job.  I didn’t… Read more

5 comments, 1,011 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 3 July 2012

Goals – The end of one year, start of another

Just about a year ago, I talked about the importance of setting goals for yourself, both personally and professionally, making sure they’re lofty enough to challenge you, and making them public in order to hold yourself accountable.  It’s hard to believe a year has passed already, but here we are,… Read more

5 comments, 542 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 25 June 2012

Slacking Off: The Right Side of the Brain

I think it’s only fitting to follow up a post about performance reviews and self-evaluations with a post about slacking off, don’t you?  All work and no play makes Colleen a very grumpy DBA, and no one wants that.  So today I’m sharing with you some ways to stretch the… Read more

0 comments, 554 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 15 June 2012

Performance reviews – Self-evaluations

My annual performance review at work is coming up shortly, and this year they’ve decided to do things a bit differently.  For the first time in my career, I’ve been asked to perform a self-evaluation.  There’s no form to fill out.  Overall, it’s very unstructured; we’re simply being asked to… Read more

4 comments, 942 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 11 June 2012

PAGE_VERIFY – Checksum vs. Torn Page Detection

All this talk of testing backups and data integrity and checksums has me thinking that maybe now would be a good time to discuss page verification options in SQL Server.  Sometimes bad things happen to good SANs and data pages aren’t quite the same when we read them as when… Read more

5 comments, 3,944 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 7 June 2012

SQLSaturday #164 Cleveland – Tick tock, people!

If you haven’t already heard, Cleveland is hosting SQLSaturday #164 on August 18.  That date is coming up fast and right now we need you (yes you!).  The call for speakers is open for 2 more weeks, so if you’re interested in presenting, submit an abstract.

Cleveland’s last SQLSaturday Read more

4 comments, 394 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 6 June 2012

Testing backups – Is RESTORE DATABASE…VERIFYONLY good enough?

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a lot of discussion these days about testing backups and having a good restore plan in place, before you need it.  You don’t want to be “testing” your backups at 3am during a critical restore operation.

Verify Backup Integrity (aka…

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2 comments, 867 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 4 June 2012

Building a SQL Server Inventory – Part 2

Last time I went through my script to gather server information for my inventory. Today I’m going to go through my script to collect SQL Server instance data. So, I think I made it clear last time that I’m not a Powershell guru, and there are probably countless ways in… Read more

5 comments, 2,334 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 31 May 2012

Building a SQL Server Inventory – Part 1

Ok folks, you asked for it. Well, a few of you did, anyway. So today I’m going to share with you my script for gathering server-level information as part of my SQL Server inventory. Now, I want to make one thing perfectly clear before we begin, and I can’t… Read more

5 comments, 4,387 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 29 May 2012

SQLSaturday #119 Chicago – In the Books

As I write this, I’m enjoying a margherita pizza and a Miller High Life in my room.  The SQLSaturday #119 afterparty is probably underway, and I’ll head down in a while, but for now I need some time to decompress, recharge my battery.

I’m whooped.  All-day SQL events or training… Read more

2 comments, 393 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 21 May 2012

SQL Saturday #119 – One week to go

One week from today I’ll be boarding a plane for my very first visit to Chicago* (airports not included).

One week from tonight, I’ll be attending my first speaker dinner.

One week from tomorrow, I’ll be presenting at my first SQLSaturday event.  My presentation,  “So I started this blog… now… Read more

0 comments, 352 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 11 May 2012

Blogging Tools: BlogDesk Review

As a blogger, you have several options available to you when it comes to writing posts.  You can write them online, directly inside whatever platform you’re using, be it WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, etc.  If you prefer to write posts offline, you can use a text editor like Word or WordPad… Read more

0 comments, 1,015 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 30 April 2012

Slacking Off: Totally TED

Lately I’ve taken to watching TED talks in the evening.  They’re thought-provoking, usually entertaining, and, best of all when watching late at night, short.  I have to control myself though, I could spend hours jumping from one great topic to another.  Really, I should probably watch something less thought-provoking right… Read more

2 comments, 506 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 27 April 2012

The Importance of a SQL Server Inventory

Pop quiz!

  1. It’s time to true-up with Microsoft, what are your current license counts?
  2. Operations needs to schedule maintenance on ServerY, what applications will be impacted?
  3. A developer wants to change the password for a certain login, what linked servers will be affected?
  4. Are there any databases that haven’t been…

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5 comments, 1,633 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 23 April 2012

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0 comments, 518 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 21 April 2012

Custom TDS Endpoints: Listening on multiple ports

Last time, I talked about how clients communicate with SQL Server through TDS endpoints and how to disable endpoints to prevent user access. Today we’ll see how we can configure SQL Server to listen on multiple ports through the use of user-defined endpoints.

Create a new TDS endpoint

There can… Read more

0 comments, 846 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 18 April 2012

TDS Endpoints: SQL Server’s “Listener”

In the land of Oracle, if you want to prevent user access to your database, you stop the listener. Without that agent running, you can still connect to the database locally, via shared memory, but all TCP/IP connectivity is disabled. As a DBA, this is pretty handy if you need… Read more

4 comments, 763 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 17 April 2012

So I started this blog…now what?

Date: May 19, 2012

Location: SQLSaturday #119, Chicago


Ever thought about trying your hand at blogging? Or maybe you’ve started a blog but struggle with what to write about. We’ll take a beginner’s look at blogging and examine what makes a great blog, finding topics, finding your voice, building… Read more

0 comments, 338 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 14 April 2012

Better Living Thru Powershell: Update Statistics in Parallel

As part of a project I’m currently involved with, we’re migrating a database to SQL Server 2008 and performing some internal updates to the schema and data. Once the database portion of the upgrade is complete, we’d like to update all database statistics before continuing.

On a large database, updating… Read more

5 comments, 1,911 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 12 April 2012

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