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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: November 2011

PASS Board Elections

Here is the list of suckers, uh, I mean, candidates, that actually want to subject themselves to the board. Look these people over, weigh them, and vote well. Things are running a little different this year. The elections are being held between the 6th and the 20th of December. Read more

1 comments, 2,312 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 30 November 2011

Installing SQL Server 2012 RC0

Very short informational post.

If you’re like me and you’ve been running the public Client Technology Preview (CTP3) of SQL Server Denali, uh, I mean 2012, then the news about the release of RC0 is pretty exciting stuff… until you realize that you’re going to have to tear down your… Read more

0 comments, 1,999 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 21 November 2011

Thank you

I somehow made the Top 10 Community Choice Bloggers in the SQL Server Magazine 2011 awards (keep scrolling to the bottom). This was evidently a write-in list and some of you who read my rambling attempts to understand this SQL Server stuff thought enough to actually write down this blog.… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 18 November 2011

Meme Monday: SQL Family

Tom LaRock’s (blog|twitter) question this month: What does #sqlfamily mean to me?


Geez Tom, couldn’t you ask a hard question for once?


Just saying #sqlfamily and a whole series of images of people flashes through my head. And those images are accompanied by all… Read more

0 comments, 1,775 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 7 November 2011

Book Review: Guerilla Leader, T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt

As part of my commitment to read and review 12 books in an effort to be active in my own personal development, a commitment made on the SQL Cruise back in June, I’ve completed another book, Guerrilla Leader: T. E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt by James J. Schneider.

This… Read more

0 comments, 1,756 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 7 November 2011