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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: October 2012

DBA Question of the Day: Statistic




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Hello Dear Reader, yesterday I posed the question to you what are Statistics?  We could get down and dirty of how the internals of SQL Server use Statistics (and we will), but first let’s talk about the concept because it is at heart a very simple one.

In America…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 26 October 2012

DBA Question of the Day


When I used to work in an office I had a stack of flash cards and occasionally I'd grab a few, see if I still knew them and the answers and I'd walk around and discuss them with some of the other DBA's.


At Pragmatic Works I do this on…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 25 October 2012

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Deck and Demo's Live

Hello Dear Reader, I wanted to say a quick Thank You to the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter for having me  today.  My Deck and Demo's are up on the Resource Page.  Thank You to the 150 people who took the time to attend as well!  We couldn't do this…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 25 October 2012

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Trimming Indexes, Getting Your Database in Shape

Hello Dear Reader!  Tomorrow at 12 noon eastern I’ll be presenting for the PASS DBA Virtual chapter, click here to sign up for the meeting.

If you aren’t a member of/or familiar with PASS it is the ProfessionalAssociation for SQL Server.  PASS put’s together great things for us…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 23 October 2012

DBA Study Guide


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 Hello Dear Reader, over here at Pragmatic Works we’ve been growing like weeds.  For the most part we are looking for Sr level people for Sr. Level positions.  Part of that process is interviewing.  Going for a job as a Sr. Consultant is a bit different than going…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 18 October 2012