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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: July 2018

#SQLCareer 2/4 July 25th 2018

Earlier this month Steve Jones (b/t) suggested that it might be helpful if those of us that work in the IT/database field shared four random days out of our lives. This is one of them. Number two in fact. The first one was the day after… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 30 July 2018

#SQLCareer 1/4 July 19th 2018

Earlier this month Steve Jones (b/t) suggested that it might be helpful if those of us that work in the IT/database field shared four random days out of our lives. Today wasn’t exactly normal, it was my first day back from a 10-day vacation, (Alaskan cruise.… Read more

2 comments, 186 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 25 July 2018

Processes can dramatically improve your work until they don’t.

As always with something like this, I like to start with a definition so we are all starting in the same place. From dictionary.com.

  1. a systematic series of actions directed to some end.
  2. a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.

Really a… Read more

0 comments, 132 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 23 July 2018

RESTORE VERIFYONLY what does WITH LOADHISTORY do?

Recently someone mentioned the LOADHISTORY option of RESTORE. It’s not horribly hard to find in BOL but it wasn’t the easiest thing (at least for me) to understand at first.

LOADHISTORY
Supported by: RESTORE VERIFYONLY

Specifies that the restore operation loads the information into the msdb history tables. The…

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2 comments, 2,363 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 18 July 2018

Counting NULLs

Recently I was doing one of Kendra Little’s (b/t) SQL Server quizzes. Specifically the Quiz: COUNT() in SQL Server. As always I enjoy these quizzes and in this particular case it gave me an idea for a post.

How do NULL values affect the COUNT… Read more

4 comments, 940 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 July 2018

Balancing Security Concerns.

I have a presentation I do every now again on security basics that I’m actually quite proud of. One of the sections at the end is on best practices, where I mention a few important security best practices broken down as follows:

  • Least Maintenance
  • Least Least Surface Area
  • Least…

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2 comments, 1,876 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 12 July 2018

Code I’d Hate To Live Without: T-SQL Tuesday #104

It’s TSQL Tuesday again! This time our respected host is Bert Wagner (b/t). Quick aside, if you haven’t seen his vlogs before take some time and watch a few. They are entertaining, informative and best of all short :). I’m really enjoying the work Bert! Keep… Read more

1 comments, 3,533 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 10 July 2018

SQL Homework – July 2018 – Create a SQL Agent Job

For this month’s homework let’s try something a bit different. SQL Agent jobs are a very powerful tool frequently used for backups and maintenance but can also be used for batch processes, exports, etc. To be fair there is better job scheduling software out there but SQL Agent is quite… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 2 July 2018