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Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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5 Top Features Your Company Can Use in SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition

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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 March 2014

Grant View Server State

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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 25 March 2014

Speaking at Luxembourg SQL Server User Group

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…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 25 March 2014

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 3

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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 20 March 2014

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 2

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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 March 2014

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 1

This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom.

“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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 18 March 2014

A Tale of Two SQL Server Webcasts

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

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 17 March 2014

PASS Performance Virtual Chapter Webcast

A quick check of my calendar this morning reminded me that I am presenting a session for the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter this week. It’s completely free, you just need to be a member of PASS in order to register.

Not a member of PASS or unsure what it offers… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 2 December 2013

SQL Server events in the UK – December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun for a number of us. This doesn’t mean it’s time to relax, there’s still plenty of events around the UK that you can get your learn on.

Date Location Event Time Details
4th December Southampton User Group Evening With Dave Ballantyne
Register here
4th December

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 2 December 2013

SQL Cruise competition, and the winner is …

Earlier this month SQL Cruise, (an initiative created by Tim Ford (B|T)) and Dell Software announced a competition to win a free place on the next SQL Cruise which is taking place on the 25th January 2014 in Miami, returning on 2nd February.

In between… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 November 2013

#SQLRelay 2013 R2 – Week 2

If you haven’t heard of SQL Relay and you live in the UK then shame on you. SQL Relay is an annual community run series of SQL Server training events across the UK. Our aim is to enhance the existing SQL Server community in the UK by bringing free world… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 21 November 2013

The week that was: PASS #SQLRally EMEA 2013

I feel really bad that I’ve not been able to blog recently. My draft area is littered with half written posts about things I was going to be doing late October and early November that will now go unpublished because those particular events are over. This does however provide me… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 November 2013

Webcasts this week – wc 20131118

I’ve been a bit lapse in posting what I am up to recently. For example, I completely missed blogging about speaking at both the PASS SQL Rally events earlier this month! I’ll try and write up a review of the events next week to make up for it though and… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 19 November 2013

Which personal traits should a #SQLPASS Director have?

A lot has been said about what each candidate would like to do and their track record of delivering in the past. Every candidate has an impressive list of references, you can read mine here. The problem with stating our goals now is it is not like a pledge…

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 26 September 2013

PASS BoD Election Questions – Summit location

As you may have seen in my post yesterday “PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced” I am running for the PASS Board of Directors.

As part of the process PASS has invited it’s members to write questions in the  PASS Board of Directors forum. Andy Warren… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 24 September 2013

PASS BoD Election Questions – Global Vs Local

As you may have seen in my post yesterday “PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced” I am running for the PASS Board of Directors.

As part of the process PASS has invited it’s members to write questions in the  PASS Board of Directors forum. TJay Belt… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 24 September 2013

PASS Board of Directors Election: Candidates announced

Earlier this morning the official list of candidates running for the PASS Board of Directors was announced. I’m both delighted and very humbled to say that I made the cut. To be on such a distinguished list is quite an honour!

The full list of candidates below is sorted by… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 23 September 2013

PASS Summit agenda now published and I’m speaking!

For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the last few years every year PASS holds a summit which is a huge multi-day technical conference on your favourite RDBMS – SQL Server. This year the summit is being held 15th-18th October in Charlotte, NC. You… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 13 September 2013

1199 Data Professionals and you

The second incarnation of 2013 “SQL Relay” is bigger and better than ever. We have taken on board all of your feedback from June and included an extra two venues in a venture that we have named “SQL Relay 2013 R2”. These extra two venues will bring up our total… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 12 September 2013

SQL Saturday Cambridge #228 September 27-28th September

Snazzy title eh, I bet you can’t guess what this post is about. That’s right, it’s all about Monty Python!

A lot of the Monty Python crew met in Cambridge and were a part of the Cambridge University Footlights so it seems somewhat fitting that this SQL Saturday should be… Read more

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Posted in Richard Douglas on 11 September 2013

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