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RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero

My real name is Tracy McKibben. I’ve been working with database products for over 20 years, starting with FoxBase running on Xenix. Over the years, I’ve worked with all flavors of FoxPro, some Clipper and dBase, and starting somewhere around 1995, SQL Server. I’ve even dabbled with Oracle, though I’ve tried to block out all memories of that experience. At present, I’m the Senior SQL Server DBA and the DBA Team Supervisor for Pearson VUE. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Pearson VUE.

Dell Webinar: Subqueries For Superheroes

For the second time this year, Dell Software has invited me to present as part of the webinar series on SQL Server. Have some free time on June 24th? Why not register and tune in? I’ll be presenting my Subqueries For Superheroes presentation.

Register here: https://software.dell.com/event/subqueries-for-superheroes866305

Disclaimer: There is nothing… Read more

0 comments, 147 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 9 June 2014

Friday Followup For June 6, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Do You Need A Log…

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0 comments, 107 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 6 June 2014

Friday Followup For May 30, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual…

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0 comments, 134 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 30 May 2014

Friday Followup For May 23, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Automated Permissions…

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0 comments, 119 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 23 May 2014

Friday Followup For May 16, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Building (for FREE) a…

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0 comments, 121 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 16 May 2014

Teamwork Keeps The Ship Afloat

I’m back from my

on the

with a big on

my face.

Like a good

I took lots (over 1400) pictures of

and

and

I also swam with a

Because I’m weird, and my brain is just programmed this way, whenever I’m in a busy place like an airport, a… Read more

0 comments, 160 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 15 May 2014

Friday Followup For May 9, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos
  • Automated Permissions Auditing With Powershell and T-SQL: Part 1

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0 comments, 117 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 9 May 2014

Friday Followup For May 2, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos
  • Don’t Get Slimed…

Read more

0 comments, 151 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 2 May 2014

Friday Followup For April 25, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Cheating DBCC…

Read more

0 comments, 119 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 25 April 2014

Friday Followup For April 18, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Why So Serious? – #TSQL2sDAY #53
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index…

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0 comments, 151 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 18 April 2014

Friday Followup For April 11, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Why So Serious? – #TSQL2sDAY #53
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Do You Need A Log…

Read more

0 comments, 125 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 11 April 2014

Why So Serious? – #TSQL2sDAY #53

As a child/pre-teen/teenager/young adult, OK, most of my life, I’ve been labeled as “serious” or “grumpy”. Maybe I deserve it sometimes – when I’m deep in thought or focused on something, I don’t like to be bothered. I also have a low tolerance for drama or “stuff that doesn’t interest… Read more

2 comments, 902 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 8 April 2014

Friday Followup For April 4, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • The Phoenix Project: a DBA rises from the ashes
  • Automated Permissions Auditing With Powershell and T-SQL: Part 1

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0 comments, 119 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 4 April 2014

Friday Followup For March 28, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Automated Permissions Auditing With Powershell and T-SQL: Part 1
  • Building The Redneck…

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0 comments, 112 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 28 March 2014

Friday Followup For March 21, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Cheating DBCC To Fix Index Corruption
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • The Phoenix Project: a DBA…

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0 comments, 143 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 21 March 2014

Speaking In Madison At #sqlSatMadison

In just under 2 weeks I’ll be speaking at my first SQL Saturday of 2014. On Saturday, March 29th, I’m on deck in Madison at 9:00am to give my 10 Ways To Abuse T-SQL presentation. Earlier this year I gave a variation of this presentation for Dell – close, but… Read more

0 comments, 100 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 17 March 2014

Friday Followup For March 14, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • The Phoenix Project: a DBA rises from the ashes
  • Do You Need A Log Recovery Tool?
  • Cheating DBCC…

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0 comments, 143 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 14 March 2014

The Phoenix Project: a DBA rises from the ashes

About a year ago, fellow blogger Thomas LaRock recommended the book The Phoenix Project, claiming that “every business leader and IT professional should read this book”. Since I’m an IT professional (no jokes, please), and I’m supposed to be leading a team, that means me. He also uses the… Read more

1 comments, 1,460 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 10 March 2014

Friday Followup For March 7, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Dell Webinar: 10 Ways To Abuse T-SQL
  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Winning From Within: a…

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0 comments, 151 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 7 March 2014

Dell Webinar: 10 Ways To Abuse T-SQL

I’m a bit late getting this posted, so to the two of you waiting to see it, I apologize. Back on February 6th, almost a month ago already, I presented my “10 Ways To Abuse T-SQL” session for Dell. Due to my inability to watch the clock, those 10 ways… Read more

0 comments, 1,417 reads

Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 2 March 2014

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