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Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY

I’m a forty-something Microsoft SQL Server DBA of 15+ years, a devoted husband, and a father of three young boys. I have been a DBA at a public university, at a major bank, at a healthcare system, and I now work as a remote DBA with customers across the United States. I write and speak primarily about the tips and tricks that I discover along my SQL Server journey.

Archives: November 2015

We Are All Responsible


Today we all received an email from PASS's president Tom LaRock (blog/@SQLRockstar):


PASS Anti-Harassment Policy Reminder
It is unfortunate that I have to write this letter, but it has become necessary.
An Anti-Harassment Policy (AHP) was implemented in 2012 to help provide a harassment-free conference experience.…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 24 November 2015

CHECKDB - The database could not be exclusively locked to perform the operation

…so the job failed….again…you know the one – that darn Integrity Check job: 
Executing query "DECLARE @Guid UNIQUEIDENTIFIER EXECUTE msdb..sp_ma...".: 100% complete  End Progress  Error: 2015-11-15 03:27:52.43     Code: 0xC002F210     Source: User Databases Integrity Check Execute SQL Task     Description: Executing the query "DBCC CHECKDB(N'master')  WITH NO_INFOMSGS  " failed with the…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 16 November 2015

SQL Server Training

Brent Ozar’s group (http://www.brentozar.com/) just announced a pretty crazy set of “Black Friday” deals:


Insane sales if you can be one of the first few at midnight, but discounts all day on various training.

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The other top training in the field (to me) is from Kimberly…

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2 comments, 454 reads

Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 12 November 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #72 - Implicit Conversion Problems


This month T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Mickey Steuwe (blog/@SQLMickey) and her topic of choice is “Data Modeling Gone Wrong.”

(If you don’t know about T-SQL Tuesday check out the information here– each month there is a new topic and it is a…

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2 comments, 1,640 reads

Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 10 November 2015

PASS Summit 2015 Recap

Last week was the annual PASS Summit in Seattle.  The Summit is the predominant educational and networking event for SQL Server professionals of all types – DBA’s, Developers, Analysts, and many more.

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to attend this year but after some gyrations with…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 3 November 2015