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PASS Summit 2013 Schedule

Each year, I like to compile my own shortcut, cheat sheet version of the PASS Summit schedule. I’m not talking about the actual session schedule – we (will) have a perfectly good schedule builder on sqlpass.org, so that’s covered. I’m talking about social events, luncheons, keynotes, parties, special days…pretty much…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 September 2013

A Short Treatise on Studying (#mcmstudy)

So I’m studying a lot these days, and I find myself evaluating and reconsidering the theories of “study” that I’ve been picking up all the way back since grade school. Here is what seems to work best for me, whether I’m learning something new, or reviewing something I “know”: Develop/revise…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 9 September 2013

A Better Braindump (#mcm #mcmstudy)

I’m studying my butt off for the soon-to-be-deprecated Microsoft Certified Master cert’s lab – and the three unfinished prerequisite certs I’ve been putting off since 2008* – and I’m not using braindumps. I just wanted to brain dump HERE a bit. (And btw, you can follow my mid-study ramblings on…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 September 2013

Terminal #MCM – 30 days to go

We just finished the webshow last night, when one of our chatroom fellows – Nic Cain – told us that the MCM and MCA programs were dying. He almost immediately blogged the news: MS was canceling the Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Certified Architect programs, and it was all up…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 31 August 2013

“Unraveling Tangled Code” recording and downloads!

Last weekend I gave my “Unraveling Tangled Code” talk at SQL Saturday Oklahoma, and they were kind enough to record and post the session over on UserGroup.TV!  You can get the slide deck and demo code here. This session stemmed from the recurring nightmare that is undocumented, unsupported code that…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 30 August 2013

Authority as the Enemy: Notes on elections and perceptions in the tech community

Let’s hear a story. The story is true, but elements have been generalized and fictionalized for simplicity, and so’s not to call out any individuals. This story has happened several times, you see. Story Time A few years ago, an election was held for positions on the PASS* board. Several…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 23 August 2013

Social Media as News (and why it thrills me)

The other day I found myself in a discussion about media – print, broadcast, and social – and having to explain why I thought live coverage via social media, by individual eyewitnesses, is a wonderful thing. The room more or less agreed that print media is on the way out.…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 14 August 2013

Summer absences, upcoming appearances, and…

It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere, and in Texas we’re getting 100F-plus weather pretty consistently. This brain-frying weather may help to explain how I managed not to bother letting anyone here on the Interwebs know that we were taking most of July and some of August off from all…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 12 August 2013

TRY, CATCH, and Transactions

The T-SQL TRY/CATCH structure (“new” in SQL 2005!) is, as the professionals say, da bomb. It’s also underused and under-understood, so let’s talk about the basics. (Or, you can skip to the summary at the end.) A group of Transact-SQL statements can be enclosed in a TRY block. If an…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 20 June 2013

Why should we upgrade off of SQL Server 2000?

A good many companies still have servers chugging along on SQL Server 2000 (or even, as some of us noted on Twitter, SQL Server 7.0 and 6.5) . If you’re one of those companies, and you’ve never had a problem with it, why should you upgrade?1, stability: It’s completely out…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 13 June 2013

We’re speaking at PASS Summit 2013!

PASS liked our “Mouth Wide Shut” interviewing session from last year so much that they’ve decided to have us back for part two: Mouth Wide Shut: Interviews from the Other Side of the Table. This is our brand-spanking-new session for the interviewERs…those who question, vet, and rant about it afterward.…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 22 May 2013

My 2013 SQL Saturday Schedule!

I’ve finally gotten my gear together for (what I consider) the “speaking season”. Here are the SQL Saturdays that I’m speaking at, or that I’ve submitted to, or are considering submitting to! I’ll update this list as plans solidify: 5/18/2013 – Atlanta - Scheduled to speak. 8/3/2013 – Baton Rouge…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 May 2013

Use Powershell to find and punish – er, delete – rogue files

I like to know what’s on the drives that are supposed to be dedicated to data and log files. So I run a quick check of sys.master_files: SELECT LEFT(physical_name, 1) as Drive, SUM(size)*8/1024 as SizeMb FROM sys.master_files GROUP BY LEFT(physical_name, 1) ORDER BY Drive; And then I compare the numbers…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 13 May 2013

Quick Tip: Navigating to a UNC within SQLPS

I’ve been getting a funky error with a new Powershell script, running as a SQL Agent job step. Let’s pretend for the moment that the script is simply “cd \\backup\SQL; dir *.bak” The error information returned by PowerShell is: ‘Cannot find path ‘\\backup\SQL’ because it does not exist. The script…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 6 May 2013

Quick Tip: Where’s my SQL Server Job History?

Here’s a quick mystery. You have a SQL Server with several jobs that appear to be running properly and on schedule, but many of them show no history. You look around, and there doesn’t seem to be a nightly job history purge (you’re looking for something with “sp_purge_jobhistory“).… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 29 April 2013

In which we compare CISPA to Rick Astley

Wherever you click, either CISPA or Rick Astley is there…

I’m studying up on CISPA for a segment on our webshow.  Even though you’ve heard CISPA and SOPA and PIPA and online privacy so many times it’s like an audible, political Rickroll….even so, you should give a great big rat’s… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 20 April 2013

Remembering Alan Weber, @Aauugold

We lost someone this week. We lost a fellow SQL-ite, a Twitterer, a DBAs@Midnight chatroom live chatter. We lost someone smart and funny, and I’m not remotely qualified to write his tribute…I only met him once or twice.

Last week, we saw Alan enter the chatroom mid-show, and we… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 April 2013

The New MidnightDBA.com is live!

GUYS! GUYS! GUYS!!!  We’ve finally completed the MidnightDBA.com facelift that many of you have been begging (nagging, pining, etc.) for, for the last few years quite some time now.  The site is in early version, “just get it working right” mode. But you will notice:

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 2 April 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #40 Roundup: Files and Filegroups

Good day all, and happy T-SQL Tuesday #40! Yes, this event has officially hit middle age now. I fully expect it’ll go get itself a fast car in the upcoming months.

We had a great turnout for this month. “Files and Filegroups” is an open enough topic that I got… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 March 2013

Twitter Talk Theatre, Episode 1: “RAID is good enough!”

But We’ve Never Had a Disaster Before!

This week, some of my Twitter followers were kind enough to chime in on a topic near and dear to my heart: the proper caretaking of SQL Server. Here is some of what we said.

Me: Common scenario: A company has databases, but… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 March 2013

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