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Beginning T-SQL slide deck and recording – #SQLSatBR

I had a great time in my Beginning T-SQL presentation here at SQL Saturday Baton rouge! Here is the BeginningTSQL slide deck (PDF). Here is an older recording of the class, as I haven’t yet had time to process today’s recording. Thanks to those who attended! Remember: SQL Server Books…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 1 August 2015

Minion Backup intro webinar June 3!

Minion Backup 1.0 is up and available for download as of now! Minion Backup by MidnightDBA is a stand-alone database backup module.  Once installed, Minion Backup automatically backs up all online databases on the SQL Server instance, and will incorporate databases as they are added or removed. Join the Minion…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 2 June 2015

Coming soon: Minion Backup, featuring table based scheduling!

The MidnightDBA team is announcing the release of a new, free backup solution for SQL Server: Minion Backup arrives on June 1! Minion Backup by MidnightDBA is a stand-alone database backup module.  Once installed, Minion Backup automatically backs up all online databases on the SQL Server instance, and will incorporate…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 20 May 2015

Precon this week! The Enterprise Scripting Workshop #SQLSaturdayBR

You are cordially invited to a fantastic precon event before SQL Saturday Baton Rouge! The Enterprise Scripting Workshop is on Friday, July 31, and if you register before June 30 you’ll get the Early Bird rate of $99…it’s $125 to attend: not bad at all for a full day’s training.…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 May 2015

Announcing Minion Enterprise: the new SQL Server Management Solution

A company with more than one SQL Server instance has no built-in way to gather and report on maintenance, backup, and configuration data across those instances. Even more, there is no good way to push standardized settings out to the enterprise. The database administrator must spend a large amount of…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 1 May 2015

SQL Server 2014 SP1 released, and revoked

Just a brief note today to point to an article by Time Ford on SQLMag.com announcing that SQL Server 2014 SP1 has been released, and then pulled almost immediately: The problem is there was a problem with the patch. I can’t go into details until there is something formally announced…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 April 2015

SSMS regular expressions: format text into a block

Sean’s RegEx for DBAs class must be finally sinking in for me. Today I was able to figure out a RegEx thing in SQL Server Management Studio. Here’s the problem: Sometimes I document an SP in MS Word, then copy-paste the paragraph into a comment block in the SP. Of…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 April 2015

Connect the Nots

Today I learned that you can’t adjust the font size in SQL Server Management Studio’s Object Explorer pane. Nor registered servers, nor properties. This has been noted, and closed as “Maybe someday we’ll get to it, maybe”. This rather sucks, as the trend seems to be making more and more…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 2 April 2015

“Thing IS NOT NULL” isn’t the same as “Thing != NULL”

I’ve talked about NULLs before. (Ref: Here’s a bit on ISNULL(), and here’s one about understanding NULL at a basic level.)  And yet, it’s worthwhile to bring these things up from time to time. “[Thing] != NULL” is nonsense. It won’t work the way you want it to work, because…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 March 2015

Fun-fun-fun in the London sun (and Cardiff, and Exeter!)

We’re in London right now for SQLBits, which has been ABSOLUTELY LOVELY so far. If you happen to’ve seen our precon or one of our sessions, please submit feedback! If you’re anywhere near Cardiff, Wales on Monday 9th, or Exeter, England on Tuesday 10th, then you should hit the user…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 6 March 2015

Powershell to Robocopy files (say, to back up your computer to protect against CryptoWall trojan)

We were having a good time on DBAs@Midnight, when Sean got a weird pop up message that said all his files were encrypted, and he has to pay a laRobocopyToDestrge amount of money via Bitcoin to get the encryption key. The show quickly ground to a halt as he, then…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 February 2015

Minion Reindex 1.1 Release (and re-release)

We released Minion Reindex version 1.1 last week. The changes are fairly small: Made sure Minion Reindex handles all nonstandard naming (e.g., object names with spaces or special characters). Added support for Availability Group replicas. (Basic AG support has been added by only permitting Minion Reindex to run on an…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 29 January 2015

Video: A Better Way to Reindex

Sean presented A BETTER WAY TO REINDEX for the Performance Virtual Chapter. Here are links to the video, and to download the free Minion Reindex tool.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 23 January 2015

Create a clustered index and a primary key on existing tables

It’s the simple things in life that can trip people up. I find that creating primary keys and clustered indexes on existing tables is one that newish DBAs tend to trip up on, and so (like I do), I shall blog about it so there’s a nice, clear, explicit reference…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 15 December 2014

Just an idea: Bare Bones SQL

I’m reading Andy Warren’s excellent essay “Thoughts on raising funds and spending funds for PASS chapters”, and it’s bringing together a bunch of long-stewed thoughts. Simply: What if there’s room for “Bare Bones” SQL user groups? The bare bones basics of Bare Bones SQL For those who don’t want to…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 13 November 2014

Session: Introduction to Powershell Cmdlets for DBAs

I’ve given my new Powershell Cmdlets for DBAs session a handful of times now, and just realized I haven’t blogged about it! Download the session recording here Download the code file here Abstract: You’ve been hearing about this newfangled craze, and it’s time to learn exactly why it’s called POWERshell.…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 28 October 2014

Minion Reindex is here

We released Minion Reindex by MidnightDBA unto the world, accompanied by a press release on SQLServerCentral.com, and people have responded so incredibly positively. We’re quite literally thrilled. Webinar Today! Before I get to anything else: set up an alert for our Minion Reindex Intro Webinar TODAY (Monday, October 27, 2014)…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 27 October 2014

Minion Reindex arrives this Friday!

Edit: Minion Reindex has arrived, and it’s getting fantastic notes! The MidnightDBA team is announcing the release of a new, free index maintenance solution for SQL Server: Minion Reindex by MidnightDBA.  We designed Minion Reindex to solve all of the reindexing headaches we’ve experienced at dozens and dozens of client…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 20 October 2014

PASS Summit 2014: Recommendations and Invitations (#sqlpass #Summit14)

The first week of November, we’ll be at the PASS Summit inSeattle, WA.  This is the highlight of most SQL Server speakers’ years…a sort of educational, Christmassy nerdfest, with a feel of a class reunion mixed in. We have a lot of fun, and so I’d like to draw your…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 October 2014

Tip: Concatenate rows with XML, or COALESCE

Edit: I went and changed the first query without paying close enough attention. I’ve fixed the explanation and the query. Concatenate rows with XML I still reference my Forgotten T-SQL Cheat Sheet, especially for the XML trick that turns a set of rows into a list. The T-SQL Cheat Sheet…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 8 October 2014

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