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I’m going to make you love backups

On April 12, I'm going to show you about two dozen ways to make your backups better, easier, faster, and more complete...using Minion Backup, of course.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 4 April 2017

The Public Speaking Roadmap

So you look around, and all the cool kids are speaking at SQL Saturdays and PASS Summit and the like. You want to be the cool kids too, so how do you start public speaking? Here in four simple steps, is your roadmap.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 25 March 2017

Compare column names for case sensitivity

I’m reviewing the code for the upcoming Minion CheckDB, and one of the things we’re checking for is case consistency in column names. For example, if Table1 has a column named Col1, and Table2 has COL1, well that’s no good. But, how do we easily find those mismatches on a… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 25 January 2017

Webinar: Introducing Minion CheckDB!

Minion CheckDB is available for download as of February 1, 2017! In celebration, we’re having a Minion CheckDB webinar on two different days: Wednesday, February 1 – Done! We will post the video next week. Meanwhile, here is the WebinarDemo script, and the webinar survey. Friday, February 3 at 12pm… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 January 2017

Database snapshots for everyone!

If you're lucky enough to have SQL Server 2016, go on and upgrade to SP1....you get extra-lucky special database snapshots in any version! Oh what's that? You don't use snapshots? Well let's see a couple of good use cases for them.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 January 2017

Why won’t my SP work THIS time?

Why won't my SP work? I did this exact thing. You're never too old to do something like this.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 9 December 2016

December: A two-line play.

“Wow! A family, a marathon, and two businesses! So how do you keep up with it all?” asked Twitter. “Work-life balance,” she replied, glancing furtively at her sparsely populated blog. Fin   (P.S. The latest blog on MinionWare.net, at least, is What Really Causes Performance Problems?)  

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 December 2016

Announcing Minion CheckDB release date!

Minion CheckDB is the third piece of our free backup and maintenance tools, rounding out the list with Minion Backup and Minion Reindex...and it's coming in early 2017.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 28 November 2016

Fight harassment: be the “Backup” at PASS Summit

Harassment is a problem at some of the conferences we go to. What can we, as attendees and speakers and volunteers, can do to help? There should be a better way to ask others for help, and there should be a better way to show that you are willing to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 11 October 2016

Step by Step: WHERE, GROUP BY, and HAVING

People new to SQL often have trouble with the difference between WHERE, GROUP BY, and HAVING…three separate clauses in the SELECT statement. The summary of each of these is simple to tell, but that doesn’t really sink in well, so we’ll walk through some examples.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 October 2016

PASS Summit 2016: Recommendations and Invitations (#sqlpass #sqlsummit)

The last week of October, we’ll be at the PASS Summit in Seattle, WA.  As some of you already know – and as I said last year and the year before – “this is the highlight of most SQL Server speakers’ years…a sort of educational, Christmassy nerdfest, with a feel… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 6 September 2016

October precon in Orlando: “The Lifecycle Approach: Maintenance Problems & Solutions”

On October 7 we will be presenting a full day of maintenance and backup learnin’! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sql-saturday-564-the-lifecycle-approach-maintenance-problems-solutions-tickets-26867268724 And while you’re at it, register for the free SQL Saturday Orlando that follows! http://www.sqlsaturday.com/564/eventhome.aspx Abstract for “The Lifecycle Approach” Database maintenance isn’t a single event; it’s a lifecycle. Aside from the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 September 2016

Conference speakers: Why do you teach at events?

I’ve put up a Twitter poll to find some answers to the question: Why do speakers teach at events? Especially at events where there’s no compensation. I know more or less why I do this, but I’ll hold off on my answer. I want to hear about you. #SQLSaturday and… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 29 August 2016

An MCM teaches COMMENTS at SQL Saturday OKC

Edit: SQL Sat OKC has come and gone, but the new session on comments is recorded and up on the MidnightDBA Events page! (Direct link to WMV.) Tomorrow (as of the blog’s publish date) at8:30am, I will be teaching “T-SQL’s Hidden Support Feature” at SQL Saturday Oklahoma City (totally free,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 26 August 2016


We’ve done this before, but we can go one better this time. Let’s take this step by step. NULL means “I don’t know”. It stand for an unknown value. Nothing can be equal to NULL. We simply can’t say that 1 = NULL, or ‘ABBA’ = NULL,  because we don’t… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 11 August 2016

Slash star, dash dash: Be obsessive about comments

I’m working on a new session* that I’ve named “T-SQL’s Hidden Support Feature”. It’s about comments. I’ll get to the reasons why I’m writing and presenting an hour long session on /* */ and — a bit later, but first: Why am I calling comments a “hidden support feature”? Comments… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 8 August 2016

Feasel’s Grand Analysis of the PASS 600 mile radius rule

UPDATE: Last week, PASS announced an update to the 600 mile radius announcement: “…we will be piloting the 600-mile driving radius distance for events in North America beginning January 1, 2017. We will not include the back-to-back weekend restriction during this pilot…” Last month, PASS – the professional SQL organization…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 1 August 2016

Share custom solutions in the MinionWare Community Zone

Since we released Minion Reindex over a year and a half ago, we’ve had a ton of wonderful feedback, praise, questions, and best of all, custom made solutions to custom in-house problems. You see, Minion Reindex and Minion Backup are both free, and completely open. Nothing’s encrypted, and all data…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 June 2016

Minion CheckDB Beta

Come meet Codex! We’ve had many of you asking to be part of the Minion CheckDB beta and now is the time. We’re putting the finishing touches on the 1st beta and it’s looking great with some fabulous features. So this is the open call for beta users. If you’d…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 May 2016

See you Saturday in Houston!

Here’s your friendly neighborhood reminder to get free learnin’ at SQL Saturday Houston this weekend, where we’ll have the MinionWare booth, and sessions all over! Sean’s Monster Text Manipulation: Regular Expressions for the DBA is at 11am My Designing Stored Procedure Solutions is at 2:45pm Sean’s Understanding Backups is at…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 12 May 2016

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