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I first came across the error “(Ctrl+E) was pressed. Waiting for the second key of chord…” last year, these weird errors have a tendency to come at the worst times. The first time it happened I was presenting the first of two of my sessions at a User Group meeting… Read more
Today I have the honour of presenting a session for the PASS Database Administration Virtual Chapter. The great thing about the PASS Virtual Chapters are that they are completely free, you just need to be a member of PASS in order to register. That’s right, free SQL Server training… Read more
On the 19th November I am going to be presenting two sessions for the Luxembourg PASS chapter at the Microsoft offices there, you can register for the event here.
One session is on Wait Statistcs, which is fine. I’ve done it before as a webcast for Dell… Read more
Following in the footsteps of such greats community leaders as Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline I have the opportunity, nay privilege of hosting the “Experts Perspective” webcast series. The only difference being for the next event which is held this week on 14th August 2014 that I won’t be hosting… Read more
It’s always an honour to be able to speak at an event, but events can be expensive to attend and they don’t always occur at a time or location that is convenient for you. Thankfully those smart people at PASS have created a number of Virtual Chapters so you can… Read more
System databases are often neglected, part of this is due to Microsoft’s message of SQL Server will run and look after itself. In fairness it does to a certain extent (no, that’s not a pun), it’s configured out of the box not to be the fastest, but to be stable.… Read more
If you look online you can find thousands of pages of advice on interviews as well as people asking for questions to ask or looking for answers to common questions. If you are looking for those things right now stop reading this and go elsewhere, this post isn’t really for… Read more
April was quite a busy month and so apart from the last reflections post and TSQL Tuesday entry Why So Serious everything else that was published last month was actually written some time back. I did have a lot of fun with the April fools ones though and also the… Read more
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday which is now at a staggering number 53, can it really have been going that long? Is hosted by the awesome Matt Velic. Matt posted this invitation T-SQL Tuesday #53 – Why So Serious? (Announcement) on April Fools Day and so the subject is that of… Read more
After a bit of an enforced sabbatical from blogging (short but boring story), I was interested to see how my blog had fared over the last month in essentially what was a re-launch. The list below is one of popular posts rather than a top N format due to the… Read more
In a few days SQL Server 2014 will be made available, we’re not all lucky enough to be running Enterprise Edition even the largest of corporations still have a large number of Standard licences about their estate. The big question is; What can SQL Server 2014 do for you and… Read more
There are lots of Dynamic Management Objects (DMO’s, more commonly referred to generically as DMV’s) that require extra permissions. Without having these permissions there are a number of diagnostic queries that you cannot perform. Whilst one way to deal with this is to make users a member of the sysadmin… Read more
Tomorrow evening I have the honour of speaking at Microsoft’s office in Clausen, Luxembourg. The session I will be presenting is entitled “Natural Born Killers; Performance Issues to Avoid” which I serialized in a succession of blog posts here – Natural Born Killers (The series).
Natural Born Killers; Performance…
This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom. As I mentioned previously, this post has been split into 3 more manageable chunks as I know you’re all busy people. Today heralds the third and final instalment of the mini series, you can find part one… Read more
This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom. As I mentioned yesterday, this post has been split into 3 more manageable chunks as I know you’re all busy people. You can find yesterdays post here - Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 1 Read more
“If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?”
Last year John asked 19 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals and me (for some baffling reason) this exact question. Due to… Read more
Things have been quiet on my blog of late (hosting issue) but now things are back online. Talking of online, on 20th March 2014 I shall be taking part in not one but two SQL Server webcasts – Dell like to keep me busy.
In the morning (10:00 GMT) I… Read more