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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

Archives: August 2007

The End of an Era

I went and cleaned out the Central Publishing Group colocation cage at Viawest. We've been there for 3 years and now we are finally moving out. Half the life of the company was spent there and 5/6 of our life was on the one Dell 2650 that I just unloaded…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 August 2007

The Blogging Debate

It's an interesting debate on blogging in response to my editorial. I definitely thing blogging is worth a try. You might really enjoy it. If not, you've tried it.

If you do a professional blog, keep it focused on your career and technical stuff you do. Don't put in…

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0 comments, 1,465 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 August 2007

Getting Close

Actually we had a long meeting with the developers this morning and PMs over a remote desktop session and I was able to show the specific points that were a problem. After some changes yesterday and some testing last night, I had a number of issues, but two main showstoppers.…

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0 comments, 1,383 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 August 2007

Do You See What I See?

Working with developers is always very interesting, especially when you are a client. I'm sure that I'm not the best client, being a technical person myself, and arguing about architecture at times. However it's a good experience to see exactly where I went wrong with the design and specification of…

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0 comments, 1,400 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 August 2007

The Beta Cycle

I live in Denver. That's in the Mountain time zone, either MDT or MST depending on the time of year, and basically it's GMT -7.

The new version of the SQLServerCentral.com site is being built (hopefully as we speak), but for the most things go like this.

1. Get a…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 August 2007

The Performance Game

I've posted in the forums fairly often that there's kind of a black art to performance tuning. As with most things, some people agree, some disagree, some don't care, and some don't know.

I stand by what I said for the most part, even though Andy teaches a Performance Tuning…

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0 comments, 1,419 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 August 2007

Queueing Theory

There has been tons of work over the last few decades on queueing theory, mainly in regard to operating systems and scheduling, but more and more with business intelligence systems, it's being applied to other fields to increase efficiency. Supply chains, inventory management, product placement (physical), etc., all can benefit.

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0 comments, 1,648 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 August 2007


I got a note from someone at Red Gate about disengagement with the newsletter and site. Actually it was my boss, not really someone, and he had some trends that bothered him regarding less and less referrals from the newsletter to the site. It appeared that even though traffic was…

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0 comments, 1,394 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 August 2007

Dell Laptops, D-Link routers and Cisco VPN

It's not directly SQL Server, but it does prevent me from working with SQL Server :)

So I'm in Virginia this week, traveling to my Mom's house with the kids (all three of them, Yikes!!) so they can see Grandma. It's been a good trip, the little ones argueing about…

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0 comments, 1,619 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 August 2007

Am I a Good Customer?

Maybe not. This is a great post and cartoon from David Reed (a friend) mentioning me.

We've had some good arguements in email about my "don't upgrade" advice. I still stand by the advice, though I think that I rather in-eloquently and improperly stated my arguement. And to…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 August 2007

Risky Behavior

An interesting debate from one of my editorials on risk. Some great points raised by everyone, but I still think that each person has to decide if they're taking  a risk or not and whether they want to do so.

The biggest risk for most people is in changing jobs.…

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0 comments, 585 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 August 2007

No More SSNS

We've dropped an acronym! In my rounds of the blogs today, a number of people have pointed out that SQL Server 2008, Katmai, will no longer have SSNS distributed with it. There's a note that the technology will be incorporated into Reporting Services, but that remains to be seen. SSNS…

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0 comments, 525 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 August 2007

Katmai July 2008 CTP is Out

I'm downloading now, and you need some sort of inviation to do so, but it's available and ready for you to test.

The documentation is a little skimpy on installation, so we'll see what happens in my build VM. Actually I'll be aware from my build VM, so someone let…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 August 2007