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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

SQL Saturday–Viking Edition

I’m off to the Viking Ship Museum for SQL Saturday #532. Actually, the Viking Museum will (hopefully) be a side trip on Friday before the actual event. The actual training will be at the Noroff campus in Oslo.

This is my first trip to Norway, and while it… Read more

0 comments, 165 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 August 2016

Output into a Table–#SQLNewBlogger

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

I often see people struggling to use triggers for auditing, or having issues with building them to handle multi row updates. However, there’s another choice: the OUTPUT… Read more

0 comments, 462 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 August 2016

Everki Versa Long Term Review

A couple years I was looking for a new laptop bag. I settled on the Everki Versa, which I’ve been using on my travels for 2015/2016. It’s been quite a few, which you can see on my speaking CV.

I decided to write a long term review… Read more

1 comments, 170 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 August 2016

PoSh on Ubuntu

I heard about the PowerShell announcement recently where the platform is porting over to Linux and OSX. I think this is part of the SQL Server on Linux project, where I assume we’ll start to see the functionality that we have on Windows appear on Linux platforms. OSX is a… Read more

1 comments, 580 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 August 2016

Rounding Challenges–#SQLNewBlogger

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

Rounding is an interesting activity, and one that I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to. Recently I saw a problem that intrigued me and I… Read more

4 comments, 207 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 August 2016

Remember the Alamo (with a SQL Saturday nearby)

This past weekend was the first SQL Saturday in San Antonio, TX. I was lucky enough to get the chance to go, and I was happy to do so. I like to support new events in new cities, and hopefully I can help keep them going in the future.

I… Read more

2 comments, 187 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 August 2016

Opening .SQL Files in SSMS 2016 by Default #SQLNewBlogger

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

This is an easy one, but you’ll want to try this yourself.

As I’ve been trying to move off the various SSMS versions I have installed to… Read more

0 comments, 166 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 August 2016

What’s a Database Pipeline?

One of the things I ran into a few years ago was the idea of a software pipeline. A set journey across machines and stages that your software takes. In modern, DevOps style development shops, this usually means:

  • A development machine(s)
  • A Version Control System (VCS)
  • A CI/Build server/system
  • An…

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2 comments, 1,507 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 August 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #81–Sharpening Skills

This is an interesting month for T-SQL Tuesday. The challenge is from Jason Brimhall to Sharpen Something, and learn something new. However, his challenge isn’t just a simple “learn something.” Instead, he writes:

“This month I am asking you to not only write a post but to do a… Read more

2 comments, 461 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 August 2016

SQL Saturday and the Alamo

I’ll be traveling this week to SQL Saturday #550 in San Antonio. This is my first time traveling to this part of Texas and I’m looking forward to getting a few minutes to swing by The Alamo and see a piece of history. The Riverwalk is also on my… Read more

0 comments, 139 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 August 2016

Visual Studio Live!–Washington DC–Save with me

I’m going to be speaking this fall at Visual Studio Live, Washington D.C. edition on Oct 3-6. This is my first time attending the event, and I’m looking forward to speaking in DC.

This is a three day conference, with a day of pre-cons, and if you’re on the East… Read more

2 comments, 149 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 August 2016

Dropping Masking from a Column–#SQLNewBlogger

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

This is a quick one. As I experimented with Dynamic Data Masking for the Stairway to Dynamic Data Masking, and writing my Using SQL Compare with… Read more

0 comments, 784 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 August 2016

Dreaming of SQL Saturday

I’m truly stunned at the responses I received to my post asking how far people have traveled for a SQL Saturday. I posted here, and at SQLServerCentral. In addition, I got plenty of emails from people, detailing their travels.

Early warning, this gets a little long.

I am…

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10 comments, 1,015 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 August 2016

Did My Dev Changes Get to Production?

One of the things that people don’t think about often is whether the changes made in development actually get to production. Usually this is because most changes go, and unless it’s a big change that causes a problem for a large number of customers (or a large customer), we often… Read more

0 comments, 307 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 August 2016

Quick Scalar Tables–#SQLNewBlogger

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

This actually comes from Itzik Ben-Gan, by way of Kevin Feasel.  Kevin’s post is about CROSS APPLY, which is something I need to play with more… Read more

0 comments, 207 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 July 2016

Slimmer SQL Saturdays

I’ve had this idea for some time. It’s been bugging me, but I haven’t really been pressured to write, nor inspired. That changed a bit with the announcement of the rules change for SQL Saturdays, as well as a few discussions I had with people.

I dislike the announcement for… Read more

10 comments, 1,103 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 July 2016

Deploying Row Level Security with SQL Compare

Row Level Security (RLS) is a great new feature in SQL Server 2016. It’s been in Azure SQL Databases for some time, but we now have it on premise. It’s easy to setup and use, and worth taking a look at if you have multi-tenant scenarios, or need more granular… Read more

0 comments, 809 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 July 2016

What’s Database Drift?

The first time I heard someone mention drift at Redgate, it made sense to me. After all, in the context of the schema of your database, I can see the code “drifting” away from what you expect. Someone noticed this was a problem when implementing continuous delivery and DLM Dashboard Read more

4 comments, 1,893 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 July 2016

Rename a Primary Key–#SQLNewBlogger

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

Having system named objects is one of those things that people may debate, but as you move to more automated and scripted processes can cause you issues.… Read more

0 comments, 158 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 July 2016

ReadyRoll and Octopus Deploy Webinar

I’ll be hosting a webinar next week, Thursday, July 28, with Daniel Nolan (t) (founder of ReadyRoll and fellow Redgate employee) and Damian Brady (b | t) of Octopus Deploy.

We’ll be talking deployment, with demos to show you how to work with ReadyRoll for… Read more

0 comments, 220 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 July 2016

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