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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.

SQL Server Login Errors

Hello Dear Reader.  Quick blog today.  If you are working in the SQL Server world eventually you will try to connect to a SQL Server and get an error.  A beautiful wonderful descriptive error that reads, pauses… looks around… stands straight…. In my best impersonation of a classic English poet…

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1 comments, 498 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 July 2013

SQL Saturday 232 Schedule is LIVE!

Hello Dear Reader!  Just a quick blog post today.  The Schedule for SQL Saturday 232 is now live!  You probably have heard me tell the story about how the First SQL Saturday was 6 years ago in Orlando.  Many people from the community participated to make it a success, and…

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1 comments, 268 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 Wrap UP



Hello Dear Reader, what a busy week we’ve had last week!  I’ve got 3 big Thank You’s that I would like to give. 

First off I’d like to say Thank You to Adam Machanic for allowing me to host T-SQL Tuesday #44.  When I first started blogging, I participated in…

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0 comments, 933 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 How to Take Down Prod in 30 Seconds

Hello Dear Reader!  Welcome to my blog on T-SQL Tuesday #44 Second Chances.  I’m hosting this month, and we are writing all about second chances.  My second chance comes from the not to distant past.

One day the DBA team was given a toy frog as some part of…

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0 comments, 894 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 9 July 2013

SQL Saturday Orlando: LAST CALL for Speakers


Hello Dear Reader!  I just wanted to write to Thank All of you for the submissions to SQL Saturday 232 Orlando.  This has been a crazy event and we are still several months away.  

Everything started out as it normally does, Karla Landrum (@karlakay22 | Blog),…

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0 comments, 283 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 5 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 The Second Chance

Hello Dear Reader!  This is the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means.  It’s time to announce the T-SQL Tuesday Topic of the month!  This is your opportunity to participate in the largest SQL Blog party on the intrawebs. 

T-SQL Tuesday is an event started by…

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17 comments, 1,187 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 2 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #43 Crossing the Streams

Hello Dear Reader!  This post finds me back in Boston getting ready for the Pragmatic Works Performance Tuning Workshop.  But that is not the reason for the blog.  You see today is T-SQL Tuesday!  T-SQL Tuesday is the brain child of Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic | Blog).  The idea…

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0 comments, 355 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 11 June 2013

Speaking At the PASS Summit!


I’m Speaking at The PASS Summit 2013!

Hello Dear Reader!  Big news.  I’ve been selected as a speaker for the SQL PASS Summit 2013 in beautiful Charlotte NC!  I graduated High School and College in North Carolina.  

My roommate and best friend lived there and I made the trip with…

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0 comments, 282 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 May 2013

SQL Saturday 232 Orlando Call for Speakers!


Hello Dear Reader!  We are at that time of the year again.  SQL Saturdays are popping up all over the country, spring is beginning to give way to summer, and the planning for SQL Saturday Orlando 2013, aka #SQLSAT232, is gearing up.  

This year our team of unbelievable SQL Server…

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1 comments, 349 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 3 May 2013

SQL Saturday 215 Deck and Demos Live

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm up in Jacksonville for SQL Saturday 215. Today I'm presenting SQL Internals, Backups, and Recovery Models!  OH MY!  

I'm also going to be the MC for the SQL Iron Chef BI presentation today.  Before the festivities being I wanted to upload my deck and Demo, a…

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0 comments, 282 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 27 April 2013

The 200 Billion Dollar Tweet




Hello Dear Reader!  Ever try to convince someone that they should be paying attention to Twitter?  A co-worker, Vice President of something or other, CMO, CEO, or CIO?  

I’ve had conversations over the years with many people as to why Twitter is important to their business.  If they don’t have…

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0 comments, 514 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 April 2013

DBA Question of The Day: What is SAVE TRANSACTION?



 Hello Dear Reader!  I was teaching a class in Chicago last week and I got a lot of really great questions.  

We only had two days so time was short.  I got an email reminder today.  So this is the first blog that will answer some questions that I…

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0 comments, 316 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 12 April 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #41 Becoming a SQL Server “Presenter” GET INVOLVED!




Hello Dear Reader!  It’s been a while since I participated in a T-SQL Tuesday, and this month Bob Pusateri (@SQLBob|Blog) is hosting it.    Bob is very active in the SQL Community, I met Bob briefly at the PASS Summit this year, and occasionally say Good Morning…

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0 comments, 813 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 9 April 2013

SQL Saturday 203 Boston, Deck and Demos Live!

Hello Dear Reader!

A quick note I'm presenting today at 1:30 pm for SQL Saturday Boston #203.

I'll be giving my presentation on the 4th Floor!  The topic today is SQL Internals, Backups, and Recovery Models!  OH MY!

Here's a quick link to the deck and the demo's, all…

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0 comments, 224 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 6 April 2013

SQL in Chicago

Hello Dear Reader!  I've got some very exciting news!  Pragmatic Works is holding a Two Day Performance Tuning Workshop in Chicago Illinois on Wednesday April 3rd and Thursday April 4th.  Headlining this act will be the wonderful Kimberly Hathaway(Linked-In), and lil old me!

I was born and lived…

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0 comments, 434 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 21 March 2013

Windows 2012 for the DBA Setting Your Server to High Performance



Hello Dear Reader!  I’ve been doing a lot of work with Windows Server 2012 lately.  The interface is wildly different from what we’ve gotten used to in the past.  

If you’ve worked with Windows 8 or Windows Phone at all, then the UI will come as less of a shock…

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2 comments, 2,078 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 20 February 2013

I'm an Administrator Why Can't I Copy Files


Hello Dear Reader!  I've been working on setting up a virtual environment for quite some time. When last I wrote about it, I described issues I was having due to cloning the same server that I had set up as my Domain Controller, Dude Where Did my AD Account Go?…

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0 comments, 1,873 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 January 2013

Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices Chapter 18 Review Tuning for Peak Load



I'm on a Book!

Hello Dear Reader, early last year I was asked if I would like to contribute to a book.  The concept was get a lot of really great SQL People together and let them write a chapter on a subject that they were passionate about.  Eighteen different…

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0 comments, 412 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 January 2013

How Do You Query Maintenance Plan Package Metadata?



 Hello Dear Reader!  Since I’ve joined Pragmatic Works I’ve learned a lot, seen a lot, and assisted in interviewing a lot.  One of the things I’m often asked in the interviewing process is, “What is the best thing about working for Pragmatic Works?”   My answer is always the same,…

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2 comments, 1,996 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 21 January 2013

Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices



Hello Dear Reader.  Every now and then professionally you get to be a part of something really cool.  Back in the spring of 2012 Jonathan Gennick of Apress contacted me about participating in a book.  His idea?  Get together a lot of really amazing SQL Server Professionals in order to…

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0 comments, 368 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 January 2013

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