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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).

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Just a few blog posts that you ought to go and read.

First up, Tom LaRock maintains a listing of SQL bloggers split up into various cleverly named groups to show you where to go to get good information. This really is an excellent collection of bloggers. It’s the people I go to when I need information. Some of them are better resources than the Books Online when they post something. Personally, I’ve made the list for the last several years, but Tom has decided that I’m worth of elevation, so I’ve gone from the Model database to the Master database. Thanks Tom. One blog that’s not on Tom’s list is Tom’s blog. You should be reading that regularly too. And congratulations to Tom again on making MCM.

Next, one of the bloggers on Tom’s list, and a friend, is Aaron Bertrand. Aaron has posted pretty much everything you need to know about how to get the most out of DBCC, not at his blog. I was considering a blog post on this myself but after reading this, why bother. He has it covered, up to and including linking over to Paul Randal’s advice on how to break up your DBCC checks (and Paul would know since he wrote the silly thing). Seriously, go and read Aaron’s blog post right now. It’s must reading for all the DBAs who are not Paul.

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