Every now and again I hear or read that the only file extensions for a SQL Server database are mdf, ndf and ldf. Not true I’m afraid. And I truly wish it was. The file extensions can be whatever you want, or even nothing at all.
Note: Here are the… Read more
You have an on call, you have a business continuity plan, you have a disaster recovery plan but what happens when your developer, DBA or whoever is hit by a bus?
User: Oh noes! The web sites down!
One quick call later
Developer: Hmm, it looks… Read more
You’re back? Good. So, her article got me… Read more
The transaction log is made up of one or more files that are used sequentially. So in other words if you have multiple log files then new log information will only be written within one of those files at a time.
To the best of my knowledge there… Read more
Becoming a speaker is one heck of a journey. Early this year I submitted a session to speak at Pass Summit 2015 and was enormously shocked to be accepted as an alternate. Well that was 5 months ago now and a lot has happened since then. I submitted, was… Read more
Every time I install a new version of SSMS I make a handful of changes to the default setup. For my own notes, and in case anyone is interested in some of the things you can do with SSMS I thought I’d post a list of those changes.
This isn’t something you have to do frequently, but sometimes you don’t want the users to have access to certain columns in a table. For example let’s say you have a salary column in your employee table that you don’t want everyone seeing.
There are two fairly simple options.
It’s almost Thanksgiving time again! Let’s see, what am I thankful for? T-SQL Tuesday! Someone else get’s to pick a blog topic for me! In this case it’s the always fun Mickey Stuewe(b/t) and her topic is Data Modeling Gone Wrong. So let’s see ..… Read more
I recently gave my SQL Server Security for Everyone session at Summit 2015. (I’m still in awe about that by the way.)
First of all here are the PowerPoint slides:
Next there we a few questions I said I would look into and here they are:
- I use relink…
If you’ve ever worked through an audit you have probably gotten a request that looks a lot like this:
Please give me a list of all sysadmins.
This is because members of the sysadmin role are super users. They can do anything they want on the instance. But these… Read more
Of all the posts I’ve written I think this one is my favorite, even though it’s not a technical post. So while I’m at Summit (I’m even presenting today!) I thought I would re-post it for your enjoyment.
The new IT manager (Lou) walks into the DBA manager’s office… Read more
I consider myself lucky. I fell into a job that I truly enjoy, something that I do for fun even when I don’t have to. A job, a technology and a community that I’m truly passionate about. Unfortunately maintaining that passion can be a bit difficult at times. And I’ll… Read more
I make a habit of using the latest version of SSMS even if I’m not working with the latest version of SQL Server. For example right now at home I’m using SSMS 2016 even though I frequently work with SQL Server 2014 or 2012. Well this can cause a bit… Read more
What do you do when you need to use a special character in a name? Well, I guess I should define what I mean by special first. Special characters are any non-alphanumeric character, so &#!~\/ etc, including spaces. It’s really pretty easy. Put s around the name. Now you can… Read more
If you’ve worked with SSMS for any length of time this will look awfully familiar:
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday (#71) is hosted by Sebastian Meine (b/t). He has picked an interesting security subject. SQL Server Audits. Fortunately this is one I have a bit of experience with. It’s one of my favorite new features if only because it’s so simple to… Read more
This is a fairly simple one once you’ve seen it, but then so are lots of things :). Let’s say you have a failed SQL Server job.
Here is our job that will fail:
Then we run it and it fails!
And when we click on the error… Read more
Well I’ve done it. I’ve spoken at an event. I’ll discuss how I felt about it and what I learned along the way a bit later. But in the mean time I promised I would make the PowerPoint for my SQL Server Security Basics session available on my blog and… Read more
I was recently asked how to update views. Specifically the question was about using triggers to update a view.
So updating a simple view is easy enough. Per BOL:
- You can modify the data of an underlying base table through a view, as long as the following…
If you work with a number of different instances and have lots of connections open in Management Studio (SSMS) it can be kind of hard to remember which connection is which. Fortunately all of the information you need is readily available.
Connections in the Object Explorer
Notice that for each… Read more