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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 2017

Database Fundamentals #4: Create a Database

SQL Server provides multiple ways to perform most functions. In order to maximize your understanding of how SQL Server works and have as many different mechanisms as possible for getting work done, you’ll use the GUI and TSQL to learn how to create and drop databases. You can then use… Read more

2 comments, 1,965 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 June 2017

Database Fundamentals #3: What’s In a Database?

It’s worth noting that a lot of people will never need to create their own database. You may never create your own tables or other data structures either. You may only ever run backups and restores and manipulate the security on the system and let application installs create databases for… Read more

2 comments, 473 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 20 June 2017

The Three T’s of Backups

I just read several more horror stories that include, among other things, failed backups. I’ve said it before (at volume, extreme volume), and evidently I have to say it again. Simply creating a backup file is not enough to ensure the protection of your information. In… Read more

7 comments, 1,807 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 June 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #091 – Round-Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in T-SQL Tuesday #091 which was on databases and DevOps. As I anticipated, this brought out quite a bit of variety on the posts. This is because DevOps is still… not quite cooked…(?) in many peoples minds. I think with the range of posts… Read more

5 comments, 1,690 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 June 2017

DevOps and Visual Studio

The hardest part about implementing DevOps is not the tools you choose, but the processes you use to make DevOps work. That said, you do need to think about the tools you’re going to use to automate those processes. Frequently the emphasis is on third party tools, but it doesn’t… Read more

3 comments, 1,077 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 13 June 2017

Database Fundamentals #2: SQL Server Management Studio

The best way to learn any software is to start using it. There are a bunch of software tools in the SQL Server toolbox, but the biggest and most important is SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). SSMS is where you’ll spend most of your time when you start to work… Read more

2 comments, 1,017 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 12 June 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #091 – Databases and DevOps

Implementing DevOps with databases presents a unique set of challenges. However, just because something might be hard doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be done.

I had the opportunity to work with a team of developers, database developers and DBAs under a management team that all agreed on the common goal… Read more

10 comments, 410 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 6 June 2017

Database Fundamentals #1: Install SQL Server

To get started with SQL Server, you need to install it. However, I’m not going to teach you how to do a SQL Server install. Instead, I want to point you towards a couple of sources of information, and, give you some alternatives to installing SQL Server.

Install SQL Server

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3 comments, 515 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 5 June 2017