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.
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
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
- It’s time to true-up with Microsoft, what are your current license counts?
- Operations needs to schedule maintenance on ServerY, what applications will be impacted?
- A developer wants to change the password for a certain login, what linked servers will be affected?
- Are there any databases that haven’t been…
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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
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
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
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
We hear a lot about social media these days: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, etc. More and more, we’re expected to participate, to put ourselves out there, on display for the world. How we present ourselves online has become just as important, and in some cases more important, than how we… Read more
I mentioned earlier this week that I’m working on a new presentation for SQLSaturday #119 next month. The talk revolves around common issues that new bloggers face, including reasons for not blogging. So far, I’ve compiled several common roadblocks, but I’d love to hear from you.
If you’ve thought about… Read more
I’ve been using my RYO Maintenance scripts for a little while now, and they’ve been working great. Almost. One day I noticed that the backup script hadn’t backed up all of the databases on my instance. I checked the job history, no errors. I checked the SQL… Read more
The last step in our campaign to rid the world of maintenance plans deals with housekeeping: the history cleanup step. I know. Cleanup is never the sexiest of jobs, but just like the dishes or the laundry, it still needs to be done occasionally.
If you were to create an… Read more
Happy Monday! Everyone fully recovered from St. Patrick’s Day? Hopefully the weather where you are was as perfect as it was here in Cleveland.
Today’s piece of RYO Maintenance Plan deals with database integrity checks; a critical component second only to backups in my book. The procedure I’ve written is… Read more
Every month the folks of the SQL Server community get together for a virtual block party of sorts called T-SQL Tuesday. This month’s party is being hosted by Argenis Fernandez (b|t). The topic: specialization. Some folks wear many hats within an organization, others wear only one… Read more
It seems that March is another great month for getting your geek on without having to leave the comforts of your desk. Here are some of the SQL Server events still coming up this month:
- 1pm EDT – Professional Development VC – Joe Webb discusses…
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, but I swear I have a good excuse. I’ve been busily working on a separate writing project, but I’m back now and ready to continue rolling my own maintenance plan. To recap, so far I’ve covered backups, backup cleanup Read more
Another key component of any good maintenance plan is updating statistics. Statistics are what help the SQL Server optimizer choose the best execution plan for your queries. Let your stats get too far out of date, and watch your query performance tank.
For me, the biggest shortcoming of the update… Read more