Taking responsibility for your own Professional Development and making it a priority is essential to being a successful Data Professional.
Courtesy SQL Server Live! I’ve got an outstanding opportunity for you to do exactly that.
I received an email from a nice chap recently, concerning a subject that I’m often asked about and I wanted to share my thoughts with you here. Since I only have so many keystrokes left in my life, I am blogging my thoughts and emailing a link.
It’s Something For The Weekend(SFTW) time, I hope you’ve had a great week!
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been a tad quieter in the SQL community of late. No not because I’ve been slacking off dear reader but because I needed to focus my efforts in on… Read more
When there’s something worth celebrating, such as a birthday or achieving the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) SQL Server certification, I like to mark the occasion here on the blog with a SQL Server Crossword. I know, living it up right!
Same as before, the answers are all SQL Server words… Read more
Your actions as a Database Administrator can make the difference between a disaster being a minor nuisance or a major problem.
Things can and will go wrong in your environments. Even the greatest software contains bugs and hardware fails, often.
When an unforeseen issue arises your reaction can directly influence… Read more
For me, one of the most rewarding things about blogging are the conversations we have together.
The opportunity to connect, share and grow with passionate people from all over the world is a great privilege. I’ve met so many wonderful people through our community, learning something from each of… Read more
Ensuring excellent performance for users and customers is a high priority for Database Administrators.
Today I want to share a free and easy way for you to get valuable insight into the performance of your Microsoft SQL Server instances.
There are so many features in the SQL Server product that… Read more
I recently encountered an interesting performance issue (due to implicit conversions) that I was able to solve using a lesser known technique and I wanted to share it with you here.
A customer environment was suddenly receiving high CPU alarms and I was called in to take a look.
Having… Read more
Every successful company has them. They’re the lifeblood of their organisations. Linchpins essential to getting things done and doing them extremely well. More commonly we know them as experts.
Experts are always in popular demand and they come in all manner of different flavours.
Of course they are just everyday… Read more
Continued investment in your professional development for career growth is hard. It’s also essential to being a successful Data Professional.
It’s SFTW Time, I hope you’ve had a great week!
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I don’t… Read more
Just a quick one today chaps, to show how you can restart the SQL Server Agent Service using PowerShell.
Whilst covering the Production Ops Shift in our shop over the weekend I discovered that Database Mail had not been configured for the SQL Server Agent on a number… Read more
I don’t! There’s no such thing as multitasking. At least, not how most of us think about it……
Being successful as a Data Professional is hard. When you’re good at what you do, you are in demand.
It was early one morning and I was working on a production deployment to add a new Subscriber to an existing Publication. A routine task and one that I had performed many times before.
With SSMS open in front of me, I highlighted the relevant portion of my deployment script… Read more
Are you a Technical Expert or a Manager? You certainly cannot be both.
At least that’s the consensus that I frequently encounter. A belief that you can only be one or the other but definitely not both.
This is outdated thinking. It sounds to… Read more
The start of a new working year is often a time for self reflection. This is a great thing, it’s the first step toward you achieving growth, improvement and ultimately better results.
My fellow countrymen from Team GB know all about striving for growth and improvement to achieve outstanding results.… Read more
This post is part of the T-SQL Tuesday Meme, this month hosted by Jason Brimhall. His chosen theme, to come up with a story where you “stood firm” and relate it to these words: resolve, resolution, or resolute.
Regular readers will know and tell you that I’m resolute in… Read more
Short and sweet today, here’s what you enjoyed reading the most this year on the blog. No accounting for taste then.
- How To Become a SQL Server DBA
- My Guide To Passing Exam 70-432
- Top 10 Junior DBA Interview Tips
- The Database Administrators Primary Responsibility