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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Finding #dbatools #PowerShell commands

I really like the dbatools project. This is a series of PowerShell cmdlets that are built by the community and incredibly useful for migrations between SQL Servers, but also for various administrative actions. I have a short series on these items.

I was reading about Pester from Rob Sewell… Read more

0 comments, 89 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 November 2017

One More Trip and Down for the Count

The last month has been a rough one for me, with lots of travel. I was on trips for 4 out of the last 5 weeks, and the week I was home I had a remote presentation to do. Travel can be hard enough, but add in the need to… Read more

1 comments, 308 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2017

Adding a Format SQL Button to the Redgate Toolbar

I’ve gotten used to CTRL+K,Y to format SQL with SQL Prompt, but a customer wanted a button on the toolbar. It’s fairly easy to do, but I thought I should document the process for others.

First, if you click the small area on the right of a toolbar in SSMS,… Read more

0 comments, 223 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 November 2017

In a basement, a long, long time ago… #tsql2sday

It’s T-SQL Tuesday time and this is a good one. Read the invitation and proceed.

Who Influenced Me?

I’ve been working SQL Server for a long time. Since 1991, in fact, and had held 4 jobs as a DBA or developer by 1999. I was comfortable with the platform, and… Read more

1 comments, 208 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 November 2017

Changing the Default DB for a Login–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

Recently I got into a bit of a pickle. I was detaching some databases for a demo, which is something I do periodically to make it easier for… Read more

0 comments, 496 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 November 2017

ROLLing UP Totals–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I was editing an article recently that talked about ROLLUP, and I wanted to play with this a bit more. I hadn’t used this much in my career,… Read more

2 comments, 1,216 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 November 2017

DevOps Basics – Ignoring Files in Git

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. This is also a part of a basic series on git and how to use it.

One of the things you’ll run into at times is the need… Read more

1 comments, 998 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 October 2017

Basic FORMATting– #SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I saw the addition of FORMAT() to the T-SQL language, but didn’t play with it much. Recently it appeared in some code, and decided to experiment a bit.… Read more

0 comments, 930 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 October 2017

Redgate at Summit 2017

I’ll be heading out to the PASS Summit next week, spending Halloween in a conference center with a lot of other geeks. I know some of you won’t make it, and we’ll miss you, but I understand.

I’m meeting my colleagues from Redgate there, including the new editor of Simple… Read more

1 comments, 970 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 October 2017

SQL Clone Server Service Permissions

SQL Clone is amazing, and it can really save time and disk space for many organizations. I’ve got a series posted here on various little things I’ve learned about the product. There are also a number of articles on the Redgate Community Hub.

I was working on helping a… Read more

0 comments, 765 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 October 2017

Monday Night Networking at Summit 2017

Next week is the PASS Summit in Seattle. Thousands of SQL Server professionals are going, many coming Sunday or Monday for a pre-conference session before the main event. For a number of years, Andy Warren and I have run a networking dinner on Monday night, but we’re stepping back this… Read more

2 comments, 252 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 October 2017

SQL Data Generator–Getting a value based on another column

This is a series on SQL Data Generator, covering some interesting scenarios I’ve run into. If you’ve never tried it, SQL Data Generator is a part of the SQL Toolbelt. Give it a try today with an evaluation today.

One of the things that people often want to… Read more

0 comments, 1,028 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 October 2017

Rebooting Ubuntu Linux from the Command Line–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

Since SQL Server 2017 is now out, and Linux is an option, I thought I’d write a bit more about little Linux things that admins might want to… Read more

0 comments, 252 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 October 2017

Quick SQL Prompt Updates in a Pattern

I work for Redgate and write about products. I’ve got a series of SQL Prompt posts here on little things I like. SQL Prompt might be my favorite tool.  SQL Prompt will be yours as well if you give it a try.

We had a customer post a question today… Read more

0 comments, 912 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 October 2017

Using Backup-DbaDatabase for a Quick Backup

I really like the dbatools project. This is a series of PowerShell cmdlets that are built by the community and incredibly useful for migrations between SQL Servers, but also for various administrative actions. I have a short series on these items.

One of the core tasks of a DBA… Read more

0 comments, 327 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 October 2017

Getting the Random Module in SQL Data Generator

This is a series on SQL Data Generator, covering some interesting scenarios I’ve run into. If you’ve never tried it, SQL Data Generator is a part of the SQL Toolbelt. Give it a try today with an evaluation today.

I have SQL Data Generator, and use it regularly… Read more

0 comments, 305 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2017

WAITFOR isn’t a function–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I needed to delay the execution of some code the other day. This was a test that was trying to simulate a few things happening, and one batch… Read more

0 comments, 851 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 October 2017

Using xp_delete_file

First, this is an undocumented proc, and there’s nothing in BOL on this. Second, it’s a holdover from previous versions, so you’d be better served by using Powershell or some other type of scripting mechanism. This procedure is not supposed to be supported in the future, so I’d remove this… Read more

2 comments, 283 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 October 2017

Simplified Networking with a Wsky USB NIC

I used to share an office with my wife. We both needed Internet connections, with both desktops needing Ethernet cables. That was fine when my DSL router was in the office, but at some point we got a new provider and the connection to another room, where we put the… Read more

0 comments, 276 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2017

Compound FKs with SQL Data Generator

This is a series on SQL Data Generator, covering some interesting scenarios I’ve run into. If you’ve never tried it, SQL Data Generator is a part of the SQL Toolbelt. Give it a try today with an evaluation today.

A person was wondering about how data is generated… Read more

0 comments, 960 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 October 2017

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