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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.

Archives: September 2016

Pinned Tabs

It’s funny how easy it is to find information you aren’t looking for. A few weeks back Stephen Bennett (b) linked to my post Comparing Two Query Plans. Since I always find that interesting I followed the link and wound up at his post 3 Reasons to?… Read more

4 comments, 1,935 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 27 September 2016

Nil to Speaker: Improving your PowerPoint skills

As I work on my speaking skills one of my tasks is improve my PowerPoint presentations. To that end I’ve been collecting a few links with examples and instructions I have been using to improve my skills.

Some awesome PPT slides by Edwin M Sarmiento (b/t).… Read more

1 comments, 592 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 September 2016

A quick fix for a full identity column.

A while back I wrote a post on everything I knew about identity columns. In it I mentioned the following:

  • Negative increments can be handy if your identity column has reached the max value of the data type. Reseed to 0 (assuming that is where you started) and set…

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2 comments, 2,009 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 September 2016

Using an ORDER BY in a view

For many years it’s been a best practice to never put an ORDER BY in a view. The idea is that a view shouldn’t have an inherent order. Just like any other query. If you want the data from a view ordered then you query the view with an ORDER… Read more

10 comments, 3,408 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 September 2016

Emojis in SQL Server

I blame Aaron Bertrand (b/t) and Kevin Kline (b/t). Aaron who posted a great #BackToBasics blog about naming stored procedures and Kevin who tweeted about it.

It’s not my fault. I had to be sarcastic. I had to mention the correct Read more

10 comments, 1,053 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 September 2016

Azure: Creating a BACPAC from an On-Premises SQL Server Database

So to start, what’s a BACPAC?

Per the Azure documentation

When you need to create an archive of an Azure SQL database, you can export the database schema and data to a BACPAC file. A BACPAC file is simply a ZIP file with an extension of BACPAC. A BACPAC file…

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1 comments, 755 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 September 2016

SA Spoof

This is nothing new but it’s still a fun idea.

The problem:
  • The vendor app we just purchased (and are told we must keep) requires the sa password.
  • The vendor insists that sa is hard coded into the app and can’t possibly be changed.
  • The sa account is the built…

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10 comments, 467 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 September 2016

Accidental DBAs, the Developer Edition

I recently spoke at the OKC SQL Saturday. I had an wonderful time and the organizers, volunteers and other speakers were awesome. There was an amazing amount of learning to be had by all.

My session was called The Accidental DBA, Developer Edition. It is an attempt to start… Read more

0 comments, 379 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 September 2016