On 25th of February 2012, Curacao hosted its first SQL Saturday event. The event was held at the University of Netherlands Antilles (UNA) There was a total of 95 registrations for the event. That itself surprised me since the total population of the island is just around 125K.… Read more
The New Year is just around the corner. Every year I make a resolution. And every time I fail. That is the story of my life. This year I want it to be different. I have more than one resolution for this year. I am sure I will be successful… Read more
At our company we have two DBAs to take care of all the databases in the production and QA. It is not a big task. We have only twelve database servers. In the past our company was happy with just us the two DBAs. Now it has all changed. They…
With the announcement of the official slate for the BoD election for this year, the job of the NomCom is over. As soon as the oppurtunity to work in the NomCom came I grabbed it with both hands. I knew that it would be a high pressure job and it… Read more
So far SQL Pass Summit has been great for me. I have had a great time from day one onwards. Let me summarize what all happened on Day one.
Day one was the best day till now. After the registration I walked into the room for the pre-con of Grant… Read more
This is my second trip to Seattle for the annual bash. Last year I was a newbie. I did not know too many people. I did sign up for a Big brother to show me the ropes. Unfortunately my big brother (Jack) could not make it for the summit due… Read more
There is an advice out there that says never to mix business with pleasure. It is not true in all cases. If I ask the question "Can I mix business with pleasure?" the answer would be the same old "It depends". In some cases it is best not to do… Read more
The SQL Pass community summit is just around the corner. There is so little time and so much to do. Last year I made a commitment that I would put aside some volunteering time for the SQLPass organization. Till now I have been able to keep my word. This is… Read more
I was trying to write an article for a long time. Every time I start writing one, I would put it off for one reason or another. Last week I was actually successful in finishing the article. I got it reviewed by couple of my friends (Johan and Jason). They… Read more
The first time I did any volunteering work for PASS was last year at the Summit. I enjoyed doing it. Therefore I made up my mind that this year I will volunteer more for PASS.
With this in mind, I volunteered myself for the first request. It was for Chapter… Read more
Every year Redgate has a competition to find the most exceptional DBA of the year. This year too they are conducting. One of the prize for the winner is a fully paid Sql pass summit. The best thing about this is that it is the community that votes for the… Read more
When we (Bill Wunder and me) started our user group, the first person we invited to sign up to our website was the CTO of the company. There are some advantages in having your CTO attend the user group meetings.
One of the main advantages is that he/she will get… Read more
This is the last part of my confession series since this is showing me only in negative light. I wish there were positives that I could blog about but I guess there are not many. I must be doing OK since I am still employed here and have been promoted… Read more
After reading this confession, I am sure almost every DBA is going feel a churn in their stomach. They are all going to say “How could he do that? Does he not know that it is not right? Why does he keep doing that still?".
My confession is that we… Read more
How I caused a fifteen minutes of blocking.
This particular incident happened when I joined this company. I joined this company as a network administrator/programmer/third party software expert. My boss used to call me Jack of all trades. This was my third project and I was feeling quite comfortable with… Read more
Couple of year's back I brought the SQL Server down to its pathetic knees by using a HINT. Yes, with just one hint on a stored proc. Before I give specify what the HINT was, let me provide the details of why I thought of even giving a hint.
Our… Read more
This series of blog is to give a general idea what you could look at when setting up a new database server. First part of this blog talked about what could happen when you have a badly configured DB server while the second part listed what all steps can be… Read more
Part 1 of this blog talked about the bad experience we had with a badly configured SQL Server. The second part of this blog will be talking about all the steps we took to configure a high performance SQL server. It has been more than two years since we did… Read more
There is always some disconnect between the network admins and the DBA’s regarding hardware set up of a SQL Server. If you ask a Network admin to build a SQL Server without specifications, they will install the server just like they install any application server. To be honest, fifty percent… Read more