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The Failed Job

I was looking into a failed job on a SQL Server 2008R2 instance. My first step was to check the history of the job, to see why it failed:

Okay, this is interesting. The job did fail, but the only step to run succeeded. Hmm, let me look at what… Read more

2 comments, 1,158 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 7 November 2013

Murder They Wrote

For those of you that know me, you know that I enjoy learning, and passing on what I have learned to others. As it turns out, this whole presenting thing has been an interesting path for me. (You can read more about the early disastrous presentations in my life here Read more

0 comments, 315 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 6 November 2013

Retiring of the MCM Certifications, Part II

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In my recent blog post on “Retiring of the MCM Certifications”, there is a link to a Microsoft Connect item that Jen Stirrup started (https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/799431/please-dont-get-rid-of-the-mcm-and-mca-programs) to keep the MCM/MCSM/MCA program alive. A few hours after my post, Tim Sneath from Microsoft responded…

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10 comments, 644 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 3 September 2013

Retiring of the MCM Certifications

The MCM is dead. Long live the MCM.

The small, exclusive club of SQL Server Microsoft Certified Masters is going to remain small and exclusive. This club, with less than 200 members world-wide, includes some of the biggest and brightest names in the SQL Server community. And Microsoft has decided… Read more

1 comments, 1,883 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 31 August 2013

It’s the small things that count

Sometimes it’s the small things that count.

I just noticed two small enhancements to SQL Server 2014′s BOL, and I can tell they are going to make my life easier.

How many times have you been developing a script, and you’re trying to make it work with multiple versions of… Read more

0 comments, 437 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 14 August 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #43 – Plan Operators

This month’s TSQL-Tuesday is hosted by Rob Farley (blog | twitter), who became a Microsoft Certified Master this past December (congrats!). As this month’s host, Rob has selected the topic of this month’s world-wide T-SQL Tuesday blogging party to be about Plan Operators. Specifically, one or more Plan… Read more

2 comments, 1,218 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 11 June 2013

Getting the lowdown on 18456 errors

If you can establish a connection to a SQL Server, but are having problems logging in to it, you will get an 18456 error. This error is deliberately obfuscated in SQL Server so that the user can’t tell why the error failed (and thus try to crack into the server).… Read more

2 comments, 1,487 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 18 April 2013

The Bucket List – Item #1 is (finally) finished

We all have a bucket list – that list of things that we want to accomplish before one, well, kicks the bucket. Perhaps you want to ski the Swiss Alps. Learn a foreign language. Learn to play a musical instrument. Surf the Hawaiian swells. Visit far-away places. Get romanced by… Read more

10 comments, 443 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 16 April 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – Presenting and Loving it!

It’s time for our monthly blogging party, commonly known as T-SQL Tuesday. This month, Bob Pusateri is providing the motivation by selecting the topic, and he would like to know how we came to love presenting. Being the inquisitive type, Bob would like to know things like what was the… Read more

1 comments, 369 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 9 April 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 28 (Using Windows PowerShell Remoting)

Welcome to Day 28 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series – the last day. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

During… Read more

0 comments, 832 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 28 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 27 (Scripting SQL Objects)

Welcome to Day 27 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

One of the tasks that… Read more

1 comments, 2,095 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 27 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 26 (Changing Login Passwords)

Welcome to Day 26 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

If you utilize the sa… Read more

0 comments, 757 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 26 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 25 (Integrity Checks)

Welcome to Day 25 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

We all know that we… Read more

2 comments, 1,477 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 25 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 24 (JobServer: Jobs)

Welcome to Day 24 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

One of the best practices… Read more

1 comments, 940 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 24 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 23 (JobServer: Alerts)

Welcome to Day 23 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

Today, we’re going to look… Read more

0 comments, 943 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 23 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 22 (Restores)

Welcome to Day 22 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

Yesterday we backed up all… Read more

0 comments, 1,989 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 22 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 21 (Backups)

Welcome to Day 21 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

If you don’t have a… Read more

0 comments, 1,673 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 21 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 20 (Databases: Table-Valued Functions)

Welcome to Day 20 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

Finishing up the mini-series of… Read more

0 comments, 1,908 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 20 February 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #39 – Wrapup

Last week, I hosted the T-SQL Tuesday blogging party event, and the topic was on how do you use PowerShell with SQL. We had a pretty good turnout with 22 blog posts, and here is the recap of our party (if I missed you, please post a comment and… Read more

2 comments, 512 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 19 February 2013

A Month of PowerShell – Day 19 (Databases: Scalar Functions)

Welcome to Day 19 of my “A Month of PowerShell” series. This series will use the series landing page on this blog at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/a-month-of-powershell/. Please refer to this page to see all of the posts in this series, and to quickly go to them.

Continuing the mini-series of objects… Read more

0 comments, 458 reads

Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 19 February 2013

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