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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Archives: June 2010

One of these things is not like the other

I’m working with PowerShell, and digging it. I decided that I wanted to create a new script (blog post later, if I get it to work) and I wanted to try out different scripting tools to build it. I started with PrimalScript from Sapien. It’s slick. It’s powerful. It… Read more

0 comments, 814 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 30 June 2010

Powershell Fundamentals

I’ve had the opportunity this week to take class with Don Jones (blog | twitter), PowerShell guru and author of PowerShell 2.0 TFM (makes me laugh, each and every time). I’m not even going to attempt to try to teach you some of the amazing information Don has… Read more

0 comments, 1,005 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 25 June 2010

Learning Powershell

I’ve been attending a Powershell fundamentals class with Don Jones (blog|twitter). If you read my blog you might be aware of the fact that I’ve posted a few PowerShell scripts in the past.  So why was I attending a fundamentals class? Because I didn’t know what… Read more

2 comments, 731 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 June 2010

Sarasota SQL Server Users Group

Tonight I’m presenting for the Sarasota SQL Server Users Group. If you’re interested in attending, you can join in using this link. The topic will be “Query Performance Tuning 101.”

And in case you can’t make that, Thursday, June 17th, I’ll be on Quest’s Pain of the Week Read more

0 comments, 281 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 June 2010

Virtualizing Servers in Production

The company where I work has been using virtualization in development, QA, testing, etc., for many years now. We have not even attempted virtualization in production. Things change. But, before we did it, I thought I’d bounce the question out to the people who know, What are some things to… Read more

2 comments, 328 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 June 2010

Maps in Reports!

I’ve been playing with SQL Server 2008 R2 for quite a while in the CTP’s and what not. But, I hadn’t made a concerted effort to look at the new version of Reporting Services… HUGE mistake. There are a number of, not insubstantial, updates to Reporting Services that, probably, are… Read more

5 comments, 562 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 14 June 2010

I’m a Pain

Or maybe I’m misreading that I’m supposed to be helping to alleviate pain. Either way, next Thursday, June 17, I’ll be taking part in the Quest Pain of the Week webcast: Easy Ways to Fix Hard SQL Server Problems – Without a Guru. It should be a lot of… Read more

2 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 10 June 2010

PASS 2010 Submissions

Since all the cool kids seem to be posting the sessions that they submitted to the PASS Summit, nerd that I am, I’ll follow along and do the same. I submitted four sessions, two by invitation for a Spotlight session and two for regular sessions. I tried to branch… Read more

3 comments, 235 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 9 June 2010