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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: January 2018

Updated YouTube Channel

Hello all,

I’ve recently updated my YouTube channel. I’m going to be posting a lot more videos up there. If you would like to take advantage of it, please go here and click on the subscribe button. I’ll be covering pretty much the same type of thing there that I… Read more

3 comments, 94 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 16 January 2018

Getting Started in a SQL Server 2017 VM in Azure

You say you’re ready to dip your toes in the Azure ocean? Come on in, the water’s fine!

Oh, you want to really dip your toes. You’re starting with Virtual Machines? OK. I guess. It’s not where the real excitement is. You should be checking out Azure SQL Database and… Read more

1 comments, 126 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 January 2018

Statistics Use, Extended Events and Execution Plans

Query tuning ain’t easy.

Figuring out which index is getting used is one step, and generally simple, look at the execution plan to see which index is in use and whether it’s being used in a SEEK or a SCAN. Done. However, when your index isn’t being used, how do… Read more

1 comments, 777 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 8 January 2018

Snow, Heathrow Airport, Disaster Recovery

I recently flew from Boston to the UK through the Heathrow airport. It just happened to be on the day that the UK got about 1.5 inches of snow (sorry, 3.8 centimetres, according to Weather Underground though, just 15mm, not sure about that). I spent a little more than… Read more

0 comments, 432 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 January 2018