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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.

So I started this blog…now what?

Date: May 19, 2012

Location: SQLSaturday #119, Chicago

Abstract:

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, 342 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, 1,920 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 12 April 2012

Thoughts on Twitter

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

4 comments, 536 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 9 April 2012

Slacking Off: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

It’s finally Friday.  Grab a cup of coffee, a breakfast pastry of choice, and take a break with some non-SQL reading.

Forget hybrids, where’s my flying car??  The Terrafugia Transition made its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week.  But if history is any indication, we’re still… Read more

0 comments, 500 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 6 April 2012

What’s stopping you?

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

5 comments, 333 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 4 April 2012

Goals – 9 month checkup

Nine months down, three to go*.  It’s time once again to see where I’m at with the goals I set for myself back in July.

Certification

If you’ll recall, in my last checkup, I had shelved the idea of certification for the time being.  I had other priorities that… Read more

5 comments, 579 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 2 April 2012

Backup script skipping databases – and the fix!

A real head-scratcher

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

5 comments, 1,405 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 26 March 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – History Cleanup

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

0 comments, 551 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 22 March 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Integrity Checks

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

0 comments, 470 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 19 March 2012

T-SQL Tuesday #028 – Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

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

1 comments, 262 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 13 March 2012

March Madness – SQL Server style

Bodypaint not required

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:

March 14

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0 comments, 322 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 8 March 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Index Maintenance

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

0 comments, 835 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 5 March 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Update Statistics

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

2 comments, 1,549 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 21 February 2012

Using Powershell to Deploy Performance Monitor

As good little DBAs, we should be gathering baseline statistics for our database servers. These stats can give us insight into what’s changed when performance is suddenly in the toilet. They can also provide a basis for determining what systems can be consolidated, downsized, or virtualized, which has become quite… Read more

4 comments, 1,456 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 13 February 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Enhancement Request

In response to my last post, I got a very interesting comment from Philip:

“I would love to see a way to add logic that will verify at least X backup files for a given DB remain. Specifically, in my organization, I would like to delete all but the most…

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0 comments, 934 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 9 February 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Database Backups, Part 3

4 out of 5 DBAs agree

I’ve covered creating my backup directories and the actual backup of the database(s). The last thing I want to do in my process is clean up any old backup files. Once again, I want to allow for some flexibility in my procedure. Much… Read more

5 comments, 1,392 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 6 February 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Database Backups, Part 2

Last time I dealt with the creation of subdirectories, in one or more root locations, to house my database backups. Today we’ll get into the meat of the database backup procedure itself. If you’ll recall, this procedure has to meet some specific criteria:

  1. It will need a minimum of…

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4 comments, 1,019 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 30 January 2012

RYO Maintenance Plan – Database Backups

Remember kids...

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big proponent of automating routine tasks. If I have to do something more than twice, it should be scripted (if not fully automated). I’ve also made it fairly clear that I’m no fan of SSIS. So with all that… Read more

5 comments, 2,116 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 23 January 2012

Goals – 6 month checkup

Last week’s resolutions post reminded me that it’s time for another status check on the goals I set for myself back in July.  Two introspective posts in a row is a bit tiresome, I know, but bear with me and this will be the last bit of navel-gazing for a… Read more

3 comments, 600 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 17 January 2012

TSQL Tuesday #026 – Second Chances

Welcome to the first TSQL Tuesday of 2012!  This month’s soiree is being hosted by Dave Howard (blog | twitter) and he’s feeling a bit nostalgic.  As a result, we get to pick from any of the previous TSQL Tuesday topics and write about that.  He’s even included… Read more

3 comments, 411 reads

Posted in Cleveland DBA on 10 January 2012

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