I was just awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP!
I can’t believe Microsoft has chosen me for this award and to be included in such a prestigious program. There are only a little over 70 SQL Server MVPs in the United States and a little over 350 world wide. Read more
I presented a session titled “SQL Server AlwaysOn Quickstart” on September 10th for the 24 Hours of PASS event. You can view the session recording HERE if you missed it. The session was a preview of the full session I will be presenting at the PASS Summit 2014 this November.… Read more
I learned a hard lesson when I first started as a DBA. Although to be honest, it’s not a lesson I should have had to learn (I’ll keep you in suspense). I work for a large Fortune 100 company and as with many companies our size, there are many processes… Read more
Many of you may already know that I am a PASS regional mentor for the South Central region of the United States. My role is to help user group leaders obtain the tools they need to have successful groups and provide an open platform to discuss challenges and successes. One… Read more
I’ll be doing a precon for SQLSaturday #331 in Denver Colorado on September 19th, 2014 titled “A Day of High Availability and Disaster Recovery” . If you can make it, I would love to have you in the class. We are going to cover backups, windows clustering, AlwaysOn Failover… Read more
I’ll be doing a precon for SQLSaturday #324 in Baton Rouge Louisiana on August 1st, 2014 titled “A Day of High Availability and Disaster Recovery” . If you can make it, I would love to have you in the class. We are going to cover backups, windows clustering, AlwaysOn Failover… Read more
I am excited and humbled to be speaking at the PASS Summit for my second year in a row! There were 943 submissions and only 144 spots, so I am really excited and honored to be a part of the largest and most amazing SQL Server conference in the world.… Read more
The Kerberos Configuration Manager is a really handy tool that can make configuring Kerberos a much easier task, but it’s got a nasty little bug. Configuring Kerberos can be tricky. In what way you ask? Here is a short list of just some of the things you have to consider. Read more
I’m officially on the slate and running for the PASS 2014 Nomination Committee!
Why should you vote for Ryan?
I love the PASS SQL Community and everything it embodies. I am very involved at the local and regional level. I know all of the current board members and most of… Read more
I ran into an interesting issue while installing SQL 2012 SP1 in a failover cluster configuration and utilizing the local TempDB feature. If you are unfamiliar with the new feature in SQL 2012 that allows you store TempDB on a local drive in a failover cluster you can read more… Read more
This post has been sitting in the draft folder for way too long, March of last year to be precise. So although this is no longer new information, it has not been talked about all that much. I’m talking about the new feature in SQL Server 2012 that allows you… Read more
I ran across an issue that I haven’t seen since SQL 2000 and had almost forgotten about. Let’s do a quick review of ports in SQL Server. A default instance of SQL Server uses port 1433. That’s just the default and you can change it to whatever you want. Bear… Read more
I’ve had several instances over the last few months where I had to reinstall the SQL Server Performance Counters. It sounds odd to have them magically disappear, but I’ve found a 3rd party monitoring product to be the culprit.
First we need to unload the counters just to make sure… Read more
A fellow community member sent me an email saying he was having trouble authenticating with Kerberos. Here is the error he was receiving:
SSPI handshake failed with error code 0x8009030c, state 14 while establishing a connection with integrated security; the connection has been closed. Reason: AcceptSecurityContext failed. The Windows error… Read more
At a conference recently I had someone ask how they would configure Kerberos for accounts that look like “NT Service\MSSQLServer” or “NT Service\MSSQL$MyInstance”. Please note that these are NOT the built-in system accounts, even though they look similar. The system accounts are “Local System”, “Local Service”, and “Network Service”. The… Read more
Have you ever had an error when using a SQL Server Proxy Account? I ran across a misleading error. Let me qualify that a little. It wasn’t misleading in the sense of it saying one thing and meaning another. It was misleading because it’s one of those errors you see… Read more
How do I assign and enforce a service account for the SQL Server Services with Active Directory Group Policy?
The answer to this question requires that we step outside the DBA comfort zone since it requires the use of Active Directory and Group Policy Objects. There are many different ways… Read more
I presented for the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter several weeks ago and talked about different ways that Active Directory can affect your SQL Server. We only had an hour so I had to scale the content back and because of that I had a ton of questions. I answered what… Read more
It was recently brought to my attention that a post with the script I talk about below could not be found on my blog. Either I thought I blogged about it and never did or it got lost when I had to change hosting providers late last year. My apologies… Read more
Things have been too quiet here on the blog, but there’s a reason (a few actually). This year has been nuts for me, but it’s all good stuff! We just moved, and moving a family is not fun. It was a long process from selling the old house to searching… Read more