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Dividend Tax Changes and Brexit – Damaging to UK IT company creation

In my previous post titled UK Budget 2017 –The Death Knell for Small Business? We scratched the surface in discussing how economic decisions made during political events like the budget, can impact on business creation and people’s wiliness to follow their ideas and dreams and start their own business. 2016…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 22 March 2017

UK Budget 2017 – The Death Knell for Small Business?

Well I suspect not however I suspect it will likely have a major impact. What has this got to do with SQL and Data I hear you ask? I’m going to provide a little background first. Over the last week or so it has been an interesting political week here…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 March 2017

An Introduction to SQL Server 2016 Query Store

By David Postlethwaite

David is delivering a talk An Introduction to SQL Server Query Store at SQL Saturday Iceland today - this post has been scheduled to coincide with his talk

If you are at SQL Saturday Iceland today go and see his session.

There will be a series of…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 18 March 2017

An Introduction to Containers and Docker

By Chris Gibson

This is the debut blog post  of  Chris Gibson. Chris is in expert in Microsoft  Windows and is turning his attention more and more to the Cloud. You can read more about Chris on the About Us Page


This introduction to Containers and Dockers…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 16 March 2017

Do you need a degree to be DBA?

This question gets asked a lot and reoccurs over the years. Do you need a degree to be DBA? I have seen many blogs and posts addressing this question. From recollection, most of the posts I read came down on the side of not needing a university or college education…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 2 March 2017

Permanent Employment v Contracting: How the figures stack up

In my latest learning tree newsletter, I discussed analysing some of the salary survey data that the good folks over at BrentOzar.com collected and made available back in January 2017. The data is very interesting and in my first post on this topic over the learning Tree blog, we…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 February 2017

Valentine's day love from Learning Tree...

The latest course offer is in from Learning Tree!! And It's Valentine's Day!
Learning Tree are showing you the love with some great courses on offer for £750 plus VAT

Why don't you get your boss to treat you to training the spring.

Blow away the cobwebs and learn something…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 14 February 2017

SQL Server 2008 RTM - Maintenance Plans need Integration Services installed

The tail end of last week was a bit of a throwback week for me. For reasons that I’ll not go into here I have been building some SQL Server 2008 instances. This is because of a large SQL Server migration project that I’m working on for a client. The…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 31 January 2017

Enabling Remote Access to the Dedicated Admin Connection

Recently I was running a health check on one of my clients SQL Servers and I noticed that access to the dedicated admin account was disabled. They would not be able to connect to the Dedicated Admin Account (DAC) remotely.  It is generally good practice to enable remote admin connections.…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 30 January 2017

SQL Server Community Events

By David Postlethwaite

I have just come back from a successful SQL Saturday in Vienna, Austria where I had 60 people listening to my presentation on SQL 2016 new features.
It was interesting how many people still wanted to know about SQL Server 2016 even though it’s been out for…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 26 January 2017

How to Count the Total Number of Rows Across Multiple Tables

I have been working on SQL Server Consulting assignment,  a SQL Server 2014 migration for a new client over the past few weeks. When I’m undertaking such tasks I’m often asked additional questions that make my  day a little interesting. 

I got a question last week How to Count the…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 22 January 2017

SQL Server 2016 SP 1

By David Postlethwaite

SQL Server 2016 SP1 was released in November 2016 only five months after the initial release.

There have been some significant changes and additions in this release. The most significant of which is that many features that once only existed in Enterprise edition, such as Always Encrypted,…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 9 January 2017

gethynellis.com 2016 Review

The year gone was an interesting year for gethynellis.com and GRE Solutions. Any year that has a new release of SQL Server is always an interesting time, as learning and writing about new SQL Server features is always a fun thing to do. David has a great talk that he…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 5 January 2017

Merry Christmas

Yesterday was the last working day before Christmas  at GRE Towers. We’ve got today off. So this is just a short post for the Friday before Christmas. 

Christmas Tree at GRE Towers
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 23 December 2016

Treat Yourself to a Training Christmas Present

Its the week before Christmas. Party season is in full swing. Its a time for reflection on the year gone and a look forward to what is coming next year. Why not make your New Year's resolution early. Invest in your career in 2017 and get yourself some excellent value…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 15 December 2016

Bree's first blog post... Amazing training deals

Gethyn will be getting me to update this every week, there are some awesome training deals available for £750 + VAT. Use the contact page to get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to book a course.

Course 3821 Professional Services Professional: Business Executive  20th…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 28 November 2016

An early Christmas present - Great Value SQL Server Training the Decemeber

No No, not my new hat, although it is rather splendid. I have received the weekly email from Learning Tree listing this week’s courses that are guaranteed to run and being offered at the fantastic price of £750 plus VAT.

Happy New Hat

If you work with SQL Server this…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 November 2016

Do you know anything about firebird?

Has anyone in my network or readers my blog have any experience of a database called Firebird?

If you have and are potentially interested in a short (maybe 1 day, maybe more days) consulting gig, please do get in touch.


I have a client who uses it and needs…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 9 November 2016

Big Data, Network Security, SQL Programming, PRINCE2, Baby save a little 2 for me

This weeks Learning Tree deals are in. If you want to learn about big data, Network security and with the Tesco bank issues publicised earlier this week you might! and with SQL and PRINCE2 on top you have to be interested in these deals. email training@gethynellis.com to enrol 

Management Skills…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 9 November 2016

Trick or Treat...Have I got an IT Training treat for you...

It Trick or Treat on Monday...Two days on and I have a treat for you. Learning Tree's Great Value IT Training Deals are out with a long and varied list of courses.

All the courses listed below are running the LEC in London from  December 2016 to February 2017. The…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 2 November 2016

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