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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: November 2018

Oh Query, Query, Query

I thought I would post this a bit early so everyone can memorize the words before Hanukka starts next week.

I have a little query
I wrote it in a day
And when it’s fixed and ready
My query I shall run

Oh, query, query, query
I wrote it in… Read more

1 comments, 2,736 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 28 November 2018

My backup script (where, how, how big, etc.)

A while back I wrote about how to find where your backups are. And I’ve also written about I use a solution in SSMS to hold a bunch of my scripts. I was using this again today (I use it a lot!) and thought I would bring… Read more

4 comments, 2,050 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 November 2018

The Cloud and Shadow IT.

Shadow IT has been, well, maybe not the bane of the IT department, but certainly a pain in the neck. On the off chance you’ve never heard of shadow IT do any of these sound familiar?

  • A user asks you to restore a corrupt database on a SQL Server you’ve…

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2 comments, 923 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 November 2018

Dealing with multiple AD accounts

To help promote the seperation of duties one of the things my company has done is to divide our permissions into two accounts. We have one account that is for our daily tasks. Reading email, searching the internet, basic structure changes in a database etc. The other account is our… Read more

7 comments, 2,317 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 November 2018

Parameterized dynamic SQL is parameterized.

Ok, that title sounds silly, but it’s actually a real point. The first parameterized refers to using parameters within dynamic SQL, while the second refers to how the optimizer treats parameters differently from variables. When you use parameterized dynamic SQL with sp_executesql SQL server treats the parameters as actual parameters not… Read more

3 comments, 2,456 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 November 2018

T-shaped knowledge and learning about the cloud: T-SQL Tuesday #108

Upper management at my company has started asking for something called T-Shaped knowledge. The idea is that we have a broad range of knowledge in an area that may not be overly deep and one or more spikes of deeper knowledge. I have to admit, up to this point my… Read more

5 comments, 211 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 November 2018

Missing those we’ve lost

It’s the start of Summit for many of us (not me, sorry) and it seemed like a good time to highlight a few of those we’ve lost way too soon. Below are members of the SQL community sometimes called the #sqlfamily who’ve we’ve lost in the last year. I didn’t… Read more

3 comments, 216 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 7 November 2018

SQL Homework – November 2018 – Constraints

You’ve created tables before but how about constraints? Constraints allow a finer level of control over what data is allowed into a given field or combination of fields. Basically, you are putting in some form of business logic. The benefit is that this logic remains in place regardless of how… Read more

2 comments, 1,929 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 November 2018