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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: December 2013

Tribal Awards: Vote Now!

The #tribalawards voting is now online. Get over there and get it done.

I honestly don’t care who you vote for because that is a great list of wonderful people in every single category. But if I were to pick one category, in which I’m nominated, that I’d like… Read more

2 comments, 439 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 20 December 2013

How to Set Up Managed Backups in SQL Server 2014

Earlier this week I introduced the concept of Managed Backups (and caused less of a turmoil than I thought I would). Now I want to show you how it works. It’s really simple and quite well documented. Before you get to the, insanely simple, task of actually enabling Managed… Read more

2 comments, 164 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 December 2013

Speaking in 2014

I love that I get to travel around and learn from my #sqlfamily. We’re still filling in the majority of the 2014 schedule, but the plans are to go to as many events as Mrs. Scary will let me. I’d like to alert you to a couple coming up in… Read more

0 comments, 111 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 18 December 2013

Introducing Managed Backups in SQL Server 2014

Some of the new functionality of 2014 is straight forward, non-controversial and easily welcomed by the community. Think, updateable column store indexes. Some of the new functionality is going to raise an eyebrow or three (most of the time, not on one person, but you know the #sqlfamily, we have… Read more

3 comments, 690 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 17 December 2013

SQL Server 2014 Backup to URL

I’m absolutely in love with the concept of being able to create a backup directly to a protected, off-site location. Yeah, you can spend all sorts of money on terribly wonderful technology to enable that within your enterprise. And if you have that kind of money, great. But, what if… Read more

2 comments, 705 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 11 December 2013

Speaker of the Month, December 2013

This will be my fifth speaker of the month post. Do a search to see the others.

I try to find speakers that people may not have heard of who are out there, working hard, doing a good job. But, sometimes, I’m going to see a presentation by someone who… Read more

0 comments, 125 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 6 December 2013