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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 2019

Opening a Twitch Channel, Data Wisdom

I want to let you know that I’m starting a channel on Twitch. You’ll be able to see it here. I’m going to start doing regular live events on Fridays, probably around 10AM. Topics will range from query tuning, to GDPR, to Redgate, to Azure Data Studio, pretty much the… Read more

2 comments, 179 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 29 January 2019

Input Into Azure Data Studio

I see more and more people starting to use Azure Data Studio. As it keeps growing and expanding, it’s going to become more and more a go-to tool for everyone that has to work with the Microsoft Data Platform. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to provide direct feedback… Read more

1 comments, 1,780 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 28 January 2019

All Day, Training Day at SQLBits

It’s a somewhat late addition, but I have an all-day Training Day at SQLBits. It takes place on Thursday, February 28th. You can read all about it on the SQLBits web site. I want to take a moment here to expand on the information that we’re going to cover. I… Read more

2 comments, 221 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 January 2019

Critiquing Grant Fritchey: Circa 2008

For several years, I ran a regular feature on this blog, Speaker of the Month. I attend a lot of events, so I have the opportunity to hear a lot of people talk about various topics. I decided, as an attempt to help out, to call out individuals that I… Read more

2 comments, 155 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 22 January 2019

Get Your Learn On

There is one truth that I can say about technology with an absolute certainty: It’s going to change. Get your learn on! Technology is going to be shifting under your feet, constantly. Even if all you ever do is work with SQL Server, on premises, on hardware, without VMs, containers,… Read more

1 comments, 141 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 21 January 2019

DevOps and Automation Will Eliminate the DBA

I’ve been reading about the death of the DBA ever since I first made the jump from full time developer to full time data professional. The first time I heard it was when SQL Server 7.0 was released. Did you know that SQL Server 7.0 was self-tuning? In fact, it… Read more

12 comments, 2,659 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 14 January 2019

PowerShell to Simulate Load

Gathering metrics is quite difficult if there are no queries. So, if you’re working in non-production environments, but you still want to see some sort of load on the server, how can you do it? I use a simple PowerShell script to simulate load. Simulate Load I’ve posted a sample… Read more

4 comments, 2,222 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 7 January 2019