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What’s happening in Asia Pacific?


I really am going to make an effort to blog more, and this post is really the start of that.
I figure that I’ll just have to be more disciplined and set aside some time to complete a lot of posts that I’ve started, but remain in draft… Read more

0 comments, 141 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 30 September 2015

TSQL Tuesday #68 – backup checksum default


Well it seems like TSQL Tuesday #68 is providing me with a real good reason to get back into my blogging again. It been a while – due to various life events – but I think it’s time to dust off my virtual pen and start a (hopefully)… Read more

1 comments, 236 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 7 July 2015

More Azure SQL Database Enhancements – Meet RLS (cloud first debut)


Well, it was only a few  days ago that I blogged about some major Azure SQL Database enhancements. Primarily, in that post,I was referring to new features that were made available in the new V12 preview portal, specifically for moving “On Prem” database to Azure SQL… Read more

1 comments, 765 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 30 January 2015

Azure Enhancements – Time to take a look (and read the ebook.)


Recently I’ve become quite interested in the latest incarnation of Azure SQL Database.

For those that are unaware of some of the latest developments of this product, there was a new preview portal opened up towards the end of 2014.

This latest offering – know as version… Read more

1 comments, 5,722 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 27 January 2015

2014 – A year in review.


And so another year passes, and as I’ve never wrote a “year in review” post before now seems like a good time to start.

2014 has been a pretty hectic year for me, both personally and professionally. The project that I’ve been working on for the past few… Read more

0 comments, 346 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 31 December 2014

I’ve joined the SQL SERVER MVP community – Thank you!


Today I awoke to find an email from Microsoft informing me that I’d been awarded an MVP. Wow.

I had to re-read the email several times over the course of the next hour to ensure it was true. Also checking the date – to make sure it was… Read more

1 comments, 402 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 1 October 2014

A real life table variable performance problem.


I’m sure we’ve all heard and read about the differences between table variables and temporary tables. In case you haven’t here’s one of many articles that you can read on the subject.

Anyway, there is a business process in one of my databases that calculates results via… Read more

2 comments, 939 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 30 September 2014

SQL Saturday #316, MVP’s, MCMs and a baby.


Saturday June 14th 2014 seen the Christchurch, New Zealand SQL SERVER user group host its second SQL Saturday (#316).

We learnt a lot from running our first SQL Saturday back in August 2013 – which was SQL Saturday #252

For the second year in a row we hosted… Read more

1 comments, 529 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 27 June 2014

Import export wizard at the commandline


Well, it seems like even if you’ve worked with SQL SERVER for a while, you’re always lightly to learn something new.

Today I discovered that in order to use the “Import / Export Wizard” we don’t even have to open management studio.

Just type “dtswizard” into the run… Read more

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Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 12 May 2014

Two IDs, One database and a Magic Number (and maybe even an empty string)


I noticed something odd recently when looking at sys.dm_exec_requests. Specifically the system processes listed in that DMV – well at least I thought it was odd

Normally, I join with sys.dm_exec_sessions and filter out anything that is a system process (WHERE [sys].[dm_exec_sessions].[is_user_process] = 1 )

However, this time… Read more

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Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 26 March 2014

The SQL Elephant in my room


Are people familiar with the saying “If there’s an elphant in the room, introduce it“? – if not, then to sum up here goes – “An important and obvious topic, which everyone present is aware of, but which isn’t discussed, as such discussion is considered to… Read more

6 comments, 4,276 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 19 March 2014

THE IIF statement – SQL has it at last.

G’day All,

While I was writing my last blog post about the new SQL SERVER 2012 CHOOSE statement, it also came to my notice that we additionally have the IIF statement.

Again, this was added in 2012.

I’d assume that most people would be familiar with this… Read more

8 comments, 11,922 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 18 February 2014

The CHOOSE keyword


I love coming across features of SQL that I’ve not used before and one happened today – the CHOOSE statement – introduced in SQL SERVER 2012.
So what does it do?
Well basically a label can be applied at a specific index in a list.
Here’s a demonstration script… Read more

5 comments, 751 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 17 February 2014

TSQL-Tuesday#050 – Automation


Well, it’s the first TSQL-Tuesday of 2014 and one of my New Years resolutions for 2014 is to contribute to each TSQL-Tuesday of the year – lets see how we go!

Well, the subject of this months TSQL-Tuesday is Automation – which is quite obviously something that any… Read more

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Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 14 January 2014

Do you clean up after yourself?

G’day folks,

I remember a fair few years ago when I was relativly new to TSQL creating a stored procedure that used several temporary tables and had faily complex logic.

Occasionally during development the stored procedure would fail with errors – aside from the fact that the stored procedure… Read more

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Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 13 January 2014

Installed SQL SERVER 2012? maybe you’d like to re-set your shortcuts!


Just a quick post on a seemingly trivial matter that others may find useful.

The post was prompted by the Simple-Talk article on SQL SERVER 2012 keyboard shortcuts

Anyway, I installed SQL SERVER 2012  sometime ago on my laptop and ever since the CTRL-R keyboard shortcut key has… Read more

0 comments, 609 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 30 December 2013

SQL Saturday #252, Christchurch New Zealand

SQL Saturday #252 Christchurch, New Zealand


Well, these are exciting times for the Christchurch SQL SERVER User Group.

After a period of fragmentation where our meetings seemed to be at random intervals – mainly due to certain major events outside our control – such as earthquakes, the city… Read more

0 comments, 701 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 28 July 2013

Dedicated Admin Connections (DAC) and SQL SERVER 2012 SSMS


As part of any SQL SERVER install that I do, I turn on Remote admin connections (using sp_configure) and open the relevant firewall port – normally 1433 for a default instance – Although this can be altered

As we know, you can open a dedicated administrated connection using… Read more

0 comments, 3,332 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 7 April 2013

Multiple ALTER DATABASE SET options


Did you know that you can actually combine multiple SET operations into a single ALTER DATABASE statement.

It’s true, you can!

Mostly I never see this done.

Maybe it doesn’t make sense! maybe it’s just more readable if a single ALTER DATABASE statement contains a single SET operation!… Read more

0 comments, 1,598 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 6 April 2013

SSPI error and Incorrect timing.


Recently, quite out of the blue I started seeing this error when I tried to log into my SQL instance using SQL SERVER Management Studio (SSMS)

Now, I could RDP to the server and connect to the local instance using SSMS, however any attempt to connect to the… Read more

0 comments, 792 reads

Posted in measure twice, cut once. on 28 March 2013

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