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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: May 2011

Optimizer Timeouts with XQuery

I was looking at performance of a database and I noticed a few of the plans were very large and timing out in the optimizer. This made me wonder, just how many of them were timing out?

This sounds like a job for XQuery!

There’s really nothing to it. Once… Read more

0 comments, 2,056 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 30 May 2011

Oh ****!

Did you ever accidentally close SQL Server Management Studio? And, in closing SSMS, did you get the prompt that says “Save changes to the following items?” And did you, completely unthinkingly, with a query you had just been working on, hit Cancel? Yeah, me neither. What kind of idiot does… Read more

2 comments, 905 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 25 May 2011

SQL Azure Query Tuning

SQL Azure is still SQL Server at the end of the day. This means it is entirely possible to write queries against SQL Azure that really… what’s a good word… stink. So what do you do? It’s all in the cloud. You couldn’t possibly tune the queries, right? Wrong. Many… Read more

1 comments, 1,365 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 May 2011

Summit Preference Voting

This year the PASS organization is asking us to vote on the PASS Summit 2011 sessions, not as a means of picking them, but rather as a way to tell where there interests that may not be fulfilled. However, we all know it’s down, to a degree, to a popularity… Read more

0 comments, 716 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 18 May 2011

PASS Summit 2011 Abstracts

I’ve put in several abstracts for the 2011 Summit. This year we’re voting for preferred sessions. If you’re interested in any of the ones I’ve listed below, please consider giving me a vote.I was very kindly invited to submit for a spotlight session (for which I am very grateful… Read more

1 comments, 715 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 10 May 2011

SQL Azure Migration Wizard

There’s a project over on code plex to come up with a mechanism for validating databases and generating the necessary scripts to allow you to move those databases, and data, over to SQL Azure. It’s called the SQL Azure Migration Wizard. There’s no real install yet since it’s just a… Read more

1 comments, 1,281 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 9 May 2011

I’ve got 99 Problems, but a disk ain’t one

Tom LaRock has a new meme for Meme Monday. It’s all about the problems caused in your system other than disks. Thankfully, despite the title, I don’t have to list 99 separate things, only 9, but you know what, 99 is possible. I’m going to present the problems. You find… Read more

1 comments, 777 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 May 2011

SQL Azure and the DAC Pac

When last we left our intrepid hero he had successfully deployed to SQL Azure using the Data-Tier Application Package, a DAC pac. It was easy and I had a database in place in nothing flat. There really weren’t any issues worth mentioning. I wasn’t crazy about the fact that unless… Read more

2 comments, 1,869 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 May 2011