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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: March 2018

YouTube Channel Update: March 30, 2018

Hey everyone!

Here’s the latest stuff on my new YouTube Channel. Please let me know if these videos are helpful. Also, if you have requests for videos on a particular topic, even a video of a blog post I did here, let me know. I take requests and I’m… Read more

4 comments, 253 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 30 March 2018

Query Store and Automated Cleanup

Query Store has mechanisms for automatically cleaning your data. It is possible to cause them to break down. While presenting a session about the Query Store recently, I was asked what happened if you set the size of the Query Store below the amount of data currently in the store.… Read more

2 comments, 348 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 March 2018

Query Monitoring and the GDPR

I’ve been reading the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and discussing the ramifications of the beginning of enforcement with lots of people. The implications of it all are fascinating. The real serious issues remain primarily a business problem, with business defined solutions. However, there are technology issues that we need… Read more

1 comments, 2,673 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 March 2018

Execution Plans and the GDPR

What? Execution plans and the GDPR? Is this it? Have I completely lost it? Well, no, not on this topic, keep reading so I can defend myself.

GDPR and Protected Data

The core of the GDPR is to ensure the privacy and protection of a “natural person’s” information. As such,… Read more

6 comments, 745 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 12 March 2018

Every Single Execution Plan is an Estimated Plan

All the execution plans are estimated plans. All of them. There fundamentally isn’t any such thing as an “Actual” plan.

Where Do You Get Execution Plans?

There are a lot of sources for execution plans. You can capture them using extended events (or, if you must, trace). You can capture… Read more

7 comments, 1,710 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 5 March 2018

YouTube Channel Update

Hey! Here’s the latest on my YouTube Channel. Click on through and subscribe. I’ll be doing lots of stuff on the Microsoft Data Platform, GDPR, DevOps, Redgate, and all sorts of IT related information.

Here are the last couple of weeks worth of videos:

Very popular was my discussion… Read more

0 comments, 251 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 March 2018