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12 Days of Christmas 2013 Day 2

This is the second installment in the 12 day series for SQL tidbits during this holiday season.

Previous articles in this mini-series on quick tidbits:

  1. SQL Sat LV announcement

Recently I was able to observe an interesting exchange between a couple of key people at a client.  That exchange gave… Read more

3 comments, 225 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 26 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas 2013 Day 1

Last year I did a mini-series themed around the 12 Days of Christmas.  I am going to do a similar series this year.  Over the next 12 days, I will share short tidbits on an array of topics.  The tidbit may be a tip to help with SQL Server,… Read more

10 comments, 240 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 25 December 2013


This past weekend I had the opportunity to go visit Washington DC.  It was the first time I got to stay in the Nation’s capitol for more than just a few hours.  It is also the first time that I was able to see any of the monuments in the… Read more

1 comments, 246 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 December 2013

To DBA or Not to DBA (DBA Jumpstart)

This post is part of the SQL Community Project started by John Sansom called #DBAJumpStart.
“If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?”
John asked 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question. I share my own thoughts with you below…

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3 comments, 269 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 December 2013

SQL Claus and BI at S3OLV

Tis the season once again.  We have SQL gifts a plenty for any and all who wish to partake.

This month, we have Stacia Misner (twitter) that will be playing SQL Clause for the Las Vegas chapter of PASS.  In this season of giving, it is nice to… Read more

0 comments, 198 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 December 2013

Cloud Nirvana

T-SQL Tuesday is a recurring blog party, that is started by Adam Machanic (Blog | @AdamMachanic). Each month a blog will host the party, and everyone that want’s to can write a blog about a specific subject.

This month the subject is “Cloud Atlas”. If you want to… Read more

1 comments, 177 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 12 November 2013

Murder They Wrote

I am about to set sail on a new venture with my next official whistle stop.  This year has been plenty full of whistle stops and I plan on continuing.  You can read (in full) about previous whistle stops and why they are called whistle stops here.

Suffice it… Read more

4 comments, 232 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 November 2013

Scaring a Database Near you

Something I have a hard time by-passing is a good R2 unit.  I have R2 units in so many different forms, including a standing R2 cake one year for my birthday.  So when I cam across this R2 unit, I just had to share it.

That is a pumpkin carved… Read more

0 comments, 307 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 31 October 2013

To DBA or Not to DBA…

In my day to day operations I have the opportunity to work with people in various capacities in regards to data.  Sometimes it is in the capacity of a mentor, sometimes in the capacity of a consultant, and sometimes just in the capacity of the dude that fixes the problem. Read more

0 comments, 378 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 31 October 2013

Summit 2013 – Part the First

While not technically the first day of Summit since the official start is yet to come, here are my thoughts on Sunday and Monday of PASS Summit 2013.

For many of us the week began Sunday evening.  Many, the start was not until Tuesday.  Others still might have started Monday… Read more

1 comments, 259 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 16 October 2013

Carolina Whistle Stops

The SQL Crazy train continues chugging along this month.  The next two whistle stops are back to back in the Carolinas.

The first stop is coming up in just a few short hours.  I will be stopping in for SQL Saturday in Charleston South Carolina.  I have been selected… Read more

0 comments, 264 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 October 2013

Coast to Coast with SQL Saturday

Last month I blogged about the SQL Crazy train making a whistle stop in Providence Rhode Island.  A couple of weeks prior to that, you may have read this article about the Salt Lake City event.

What you have not seen is a recap of either of those… Read more

0 comments, 263 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 October 2013


This month we probably have the easiest topic I have ever seen for a TSQL Tuesday blog party.  That isn’t a slight, but rather is something of a good thing.

This is a very hectic time of year in the SQL Community.  Add the usual stresses of work, family and… Read more

0 comments, 342 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 October 2013

Transaction Log Management

I have had the distinct pleasure of being asked to review a book by RedGate.  The book is by a friend and respected community member Gail Shaw (blog | twitter).  The book is a stairways style book and is titled “SQL Server Transaction Log Management.”


I… Read more

0 comments, 678 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 7 October 2013

Join The SQL Crazy Train

One of the best lines I heard in the past few weeks was “That train has sailed.”  Combine that with a crazy schedule and we now have a SQL Crazy train that floats from event to event.

Next whistle stop is Providence Rhode Island at…


Event Details

Event Date:

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2 comments, 291 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 13 September 2013

MCM on Life Support

Good news everybody.  October 1st is no longer the day that the MCM was prescribed to die.  The Microsoft Certified Master is now on life support until December 31st, 2013.  Which means that the Jan 1st (for any interested in New Years resolutions), the Advanced Certifications at Microsoft will have… Read more

2 comments, 299 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 September 2013

My Hack…err…Rube Goldberg Machine

My deadline is fast approaching.  It seems these days that editors have no patience.  On top of that there is this ever-shrinking deadline problem and the constantly shrinking lead-time to publication issue.

Oh wait, it’s only TSQL Tuesday.  But the end of TSQL Tuesday is fast approaching, and I am… Read more

0 comments, 260 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 September 2013

Las Vegas UG September 2013


Are you ready for some SQL?

If you are like me, you are probably almost always ready for some SQL.  Well, we have just what you are hungry for – more SQL.

Thursday evening we have the distinct pleasure of having Bob Hovious present to the Las Vegas SQL… Read more

1 comments, 241 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 September 2013

SQLSaturday Salt Lake City #246

Fast approaching (yeah just a couple of days out now), is SQLSaturday 246.  This year t

he event is sort of in Salt Lake City, being another 10-15 minutes south on the I-15 corridor.

I will be presenting this year.  I will also be attending to socialize, network, and learn… Read more

0 comments, 243 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 September 2013

SQLSat 235 Wrap-Up

Wow, more than two weeks past SQL Saturday in Curacao and I find a partially written wrap up post for Curacao in my queue.  I had fully intended on getting this out much sooner than this.

My apologies to those interested parties for the huge delay.

Curacao offered an excellent… Read more

0 comments, 252 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 3 September 2013

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