It was pointed out to me that since PASS is such a huge networking event, any employer would be crazy to send a good employee to the event. They’ll just come back and hand in their two weeks notice. You know, that’s entirely possible. But, let’s not confuse networking with… Read more
Not a big deal really, but they’re consolidating from the SQLCAT.COM to put everything on MSDN.
I love the SQL Customer Advisory Team. They tackle some of the hardest problems out there and then tell us about how they did it. That’s a resource you… Read more
Learning new things can be daunting. First, you have to come up with the spare time. Then you have track down resources. For computers, computing and programming, this is both extremely easy and extremely difficult. That difficulty is especially true when it comes to gathering resources for learning things that,… Read more
I’ve been at home through the whole month of August,
restingworking hard, but it’s time to get on the road again.
First up, it’s off to San Diego for two events. On Friday, September 20th, Red Gate (my Lord and Master) is hosting a free afternoon session of training.… Read more
My laptop is out for repair. I’m working currently on a Surface Pro instead. It’s spurred me to do something I’ve been meaning to do anyway. I’ve started setting up a full demo & testing VM on Azure. I already had the VM up and running (it takes 5 minutes… Read more
I’ve heard over and over again that the reason people don’t want to learn Azure, to explore it, to understand where it’s applicable to them and their business (and where it’s not, because, it does have well-defined limitations) is because they don’t want to pay for it.
Do… Read more
I recently posted some comments about some guidance offered by Microsoft when talking about the CXPACKET wait type. Nothing I said was wrong, no. But, evidently there are a few whip smart and agile people who work for Microsoft. Specifically, Rick Byham, who works for the team tasked… Read more
If you missed the 24 Hours of PASS Summit 2013 Preview, you missed some excellent sessions. I watched a few, but not all. But now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I can go back and catch the ones I missed. You can too.
I’d like to call… Read more
Guidance is hard.
Seriously, you’d think it would be easy. You’d think you say things like, don’t shrink your database, most tables should have a clustered index, never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line, don’t mix sharks and tornados, and that would be it. You’d be… Read more
I’m trying out a new blog post series, mostly for myself as an exercise. I’m going to pick one speaker each month that I’ve seen present recently and tell you what I thought of them. Now, don’t panic. If you stunk up the place, I won’t abuse you… by name.… Read more
Developers. Man, have I got something good for you.
Are your DBAs slowing down your development processes? Are they keeping you from flying down the track? Bypass them.
Let’s assume you’re working in the Microsoft stack. Let’s further assume you have an MSDN license. Guess what? That gives you… Read more
You absolutely need to learn more. I need to learn more (lots more). We all should be constantly learning more about our jobs, our businesses and the technology that makes it all happen. When presented with the opportunity, especially a free one, you should jump on it, with both feet. Read more
This is a long and convoluted post about my experiences at two hotels, but it has a point for DBAs and other data pros. Please stick around to the end.
I stay in hotels fairly frequently. I have friends who stay at them even more than I do. We tell… Read more
You’d think that an event might get a little worn by the third time you’re doing it. That maybe it would be just a repetition of what you’ve done before. And, I guess, in some places, that does happen. But not here. This event was as fresh as… Read more
You know you want to at least take a look at the new Client Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2014. I don’t blame you either. I want to spend hours swimming through it too. But, you’re thinking to yourself, “Heck, I’d have to download the silly thing, provision a… Read more
It’s funny how certain sentences can both accurately reflect a situation and communicate entirely the wrong message.
When thinking about cloud-based data management, things come down to a simple, if misleading, statement; I don’t care.
I don’t care about operating systems or servers or disks. I need to have a… Read more
Microsoft has been pretty clear about their commitment to the entire Azure infrastructure. The updates to Azure come out on a massively accelerated schedule. Because of this, they’re doing lots of code on lots of things that may, one day, end up in your full blown SQL Server instance, but… Read more
One of my favorite additions to SQL Server 2012 is the Availability Groups, referred to as AlwaysOn. These things are awesome. It’s basically shared nothing clustering at a database-by-database level. You can set up a series of secondary machines that will enable you to failover a database in the… Read more
Let’s be honest. Database administration is not all that tough. Set up your backups. Test them. Get consistency checks on line. Some maintenance routines for statistics and maybe for fragmentation are also helpful. Set up security. In most of the important ways, you’re done. Sit back, monitor the whole thing… Read more