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Bradley Ball is a MCITP SQL 2005 & MCTS 2008 DBA with over 10 years of IT experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is currently a Sr. Consultant for Pragmatic Works. He has presented at SQL Saturdays 62, 74, 79, 85, 86, 131, for the MAGICPASS & OPASS SSUG’s, SQL Rally 2011 & 2012, SQL Dev Connections 2012, the PASS Summit in 2011, and is scheduled for the PASS Summit 2012 and SQL Live 360 later this year. He recently finished Chapter 14 of Expert SQL Server Practices on Page & Row Compression and can be found blogging on http://www.sqlballs.com.

Archives: August 2012

Please VOTE for Me: PASS Summit 2012 Lightening Talks

Hello Dear Reader the PASS Summit is approaching and with that the program committee sent out a request for Lightening Talk Submissions.  Last year I was able to give a lightening talk, 24 a 5 minute Horror Story, about one of my worst on call shifts ever that…

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0 comments, 971 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 20 August 2012

SQL Saturday 151 BI Pre-con: Stacia Misner

Hello Dear Reader, SQL Saturday 151 Orlando is picking up steam.  The Pre-Con’s have been named and they are fantastic.  SQL Saturday Orlando is always a big event, the schedule has been posted, and the planning is well underway.  First stop the BI Pre-Con Featuring Stacia Misner(@StaciaMisner|Blog

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1 comments, 686 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 August 2012

Database Certificates and the X.509 Standard

 Hello Dear Reader, I came across an interesting discovery about a year ago and realized I’d never written about it.  I’ve done a lot of work with encryption and mainly Transparent Data Encryption.  I’ve got a presentation that I’ve given on the subject that I presented at SQL Saturday’s,…

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2 comments, 920 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 14 August 2012

Database Corruption, Transparent Data Encryption, and Trace Flag 5004

This one comes straight from the email bag.  A friend recently had a problem, they were placing TDE on a database and the encryption scan had stopped at state 2 percent_complete 0. I'm bouncing around the Charlotte NC airport facing some plane delays, and I thought what better time than…

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0 comments, 3,890 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 13 August 2012

How to Data Compress Varchar(MAX)

I talk a lot about compression.  I’ve blogged a pretty decent amount on it as well.  One of the things that often confuses people is what can and cannot be compressed.  There is a list of data types that can be Row Compressed.  That list is different between each SQL…

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2 comments, 4,133 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 8 August 2012

Book Review: On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

I just finished this book.  Literally.  Sitting on an airplane in route from Orlando to Charlotte NC.  I got up out of my seat, fetched my computer just so I could start writing.  It took me two weeks to finish.   I was busy, but I enjoyed every moment I could…

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6 comments, 881 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 7 August 2012

How to Find Bad Page Splits


I was working with a friend last week, doing SQL related teaching and tune ups.  Earlier this week I had received an email from them regarding unusually high page splits they were receiving after deploying new code, upwards of 800 per second!

This sounds really bad at first glance,…

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4 comments, 3,968 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 6 August 2012