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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

FileTable–Adding a file to a folder

At my Filestream/Filetable talk yesterday at SQL Intersection, someone asked me about programmatically adding a file to a Filetable. Easy enough, I thought, since I’d seen someone do this in .NET and was thinking this has to be simple. Turns out it’s not quite so simple.

I was assuming that… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2014

Nothing Scheduled

As of right now, my United account has no flights booked. My Hilton Honors account has no hotel rooms reserved. My National account has no car rentals to pick up.

And I have nothing scheduled for the rest of 2014.

For now. I suspect things will change soon, but… Read more

0 comments, 57 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2014

An Open Letter to Brogrammers

It’s not in the language I would write it in and it’s not necessarily safe for work, but it gets the point across.

An Open Letter to Brogrammers

One reason I do support Women in Technology, and other groups opposing discrimination. Apart from it’s poor behavior, it’s often just not… Read more

0 comments, 119 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 April 2014

Vote for me at SQLBits

SQL Bits XII is coming this July to Telford in the UK and voting is underway for sessions. I’ve submitted a few and am hoping to get accepted to go back. You can help.

You can log into the site and vote for the sessions you’d like to see. I’d… Read more

0 comments, 77 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 April 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #53–Why So Serious?

It’s an interesting topic this month for T-SQL Tuesday #53. When I read Matt Velic’s invitation, I became intrigued. I like jokes. I like messing with people, and I was thinking about the recent April Fool’s jokes I’d written and those in the past that have been fun. I’m… Read more

0 comments, 92 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 April 2014

One week to SQL Intersection

You still have time to grab the boss and convince him to invest in you. Show what you’ve learned in the last year. Tell him or her how some training you’ve taken, perhaps at a SQL Saturday, helped you at work. Make a good case to attend, and perhaps I’ll… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 April 2014

Don’t Be an Arse

In deference to my British employers, I’ll use their word.

It constantly strikes me how rude, stupid, and unfriendly people can be on the Internet. I’ve been trying to avoid even reading comments on many places, including Facebook because I’m struck by how people behave. I haven’t completely succeeded and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 April 2014

Great Companies – Spotify

I don’t know anyone at Spotify, nor have I worked there. However when I see descriptions and explanations like this one of how they organize and build their culture, it makes me think they’re doing it right.

Autonomy is important, and it helps motivate people. I need to do more… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 April 2014

Three Days to the first Nevada SQL Saturday

It’s three days to the first SQL Saturday in Nevada, taking place this Saturday in Las Vegas. I’m looking forward to going, meeting new people, and seeing lots of friends. The speaker lineup is amazing and you can see them all for FREE.

Just register and make your way… Read more

0 comments, 83 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 April 2014

Oracle, MySQL, and MongoDB Come to SQLServerCentral

We’re in for a name change. As of May 1, we’ll be welcoming the Oracle and MySQL communities to SQLServerCentral. Our daily content will grow to include articles and questions about these platforms as we look to become more inclusive to the large numbers of data professionals that work on… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 April 2014

All in Fun

My first commercial!

Steve on a Horse

This comes from our DBA Team promotion, which is ongoing this year.


Filed under: Blog Tagged: Humor, Red Gate, syndicated

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 March 2014

Getting RUN back in Windows 8

Recently I heard a few people that note that they were really hoping the next update for Windows 8 will bring back the “Run button”, which was available in XP and Windows 7. I guess it was in Vista, but we won’t talk about that fiasco.

I asked a question… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 March 2014

SQL Scripts Manager

We have Down Tools Week multiple times per year at Red Gate. This allows various employees to spend a week on a project, working to build something new and interesting that we rarely have time to spend our limited resources on. Past projects have resulted in SQL Search, a mobile… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 March 2014

Encryption in Las Vegas – SQL Saturday #295

I enjoy Las Vegas, usually trying to see a show of some sort when I’m there. I’ll have the chance next week, when I’m in town for SQL Saturday #295 on Apr 5. It will be a fairly quick trip for me, but I’ll see if I can find something… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 March 2014

Virtual Lab – New Domain User

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

After the domain was up, I needed to add users. Specifically, I didn’t want to use administrator for… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 March 2014

Speaking About Unstructured Data at SQL Saturday #287 – Madison

I haven’t been to Wisconsin in a long time. Not since I was a little kid, going to visit family. However I’m heading up there next week for SQL Saturday #287 in Madison, WI. I’ll be speaking about unstructured data, basically Filestream and Filetable, giving a preview of the… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 March 2014

Virtual Lab – The Domain

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

The big thing in setting up a domain is to enable you to connect multiple machines together, experiment… Read more

0 comments, 125 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 March 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #52 – Arguments

It’s time for T-SQL Tuesday, this month hosted by Michael J Swart, our artistic DBA in the community. I love Michael’s pictures, and enjoy the time I get to chat with him at events.

His invitation this month for #52 is to argue against a popular opinion. He asking us… Read more

3 comments, 135 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 March 2014

Virtual Lab – Adapter Setup

This is part of a series where I set up a virtual lab for testing and misc. work. The other parts in the series are here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

Once I had the machine up and running, I knew I needed to get the networking setup.… Read more

6 comments, 137 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 March 2014

Powershell in a Month – Day 19 – I/O

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

Not the I/O that we think of in T-SQL, but more the I/O that’s a part of many programming languages. This… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 March 2014

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