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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: September 2007

The Quickest Podcast in the Business

I almost forgot to record the podcast for tomorrow's editorial. In case you're a glutton for punishment, it's here. I'd spent over an hour polishing off the writing part of this in the am, not having finished it on Friday.

So by fast I mean it took only about…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 September 2007

I Don't Have a Black Eye

Though it kind of looks like that. Here's the first video podcast.

Halo 3

Actually it's probably the 20th, but it's close enough for a test, beta release. Hey, this is a Microsoft site, so we'll release stuff that isn't all the way there. Heck, I don' think it's any…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 September 2007

Monitoring and Alerting

I responded in an interesting thread this morning where someone was looking for advice on what to monitor on their SQL Servers. As expected, I can't find the thread right now and I'm rather busy, but suffice it to say someone was wondering what to monitor on their SQL Servers…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 September 2007

Points or Posts

It's an interesting question that we had come up, and honestly I'm not completely sure what I want. I'll describe it a bit here and then you can send comments to me (sjones at sqlservercentral.com) or post them in the poll I've set up.

Right now we have each…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 September 2007

I Am Not In Charge

That is for sure.

We had a development meeting today with my publishing team (meaning I'm on the team, not leading it) and the developers. We went over some of the bugs and issues we're having. Overall it's not too many bugs, but mostly issues with changes in workslow and…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 September 2007

Development at High Speed

As with any project, despite being fairly pleased with the final product, there were bugs. In fact, quite a few issues that cropped up,which we hadn't seen in testing. Of course we could have done more testing, but part of that is knowing what to test and part of that…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2007

SQLServerCentral.com - V3!

It's done, it's out, and check it out!!!

I guess if you got here, you've probably noticed :)

This was a fairly painless upgrade. The boys  in the UK got up early, came into the office and converted over the database, moving the website DNS and then letting me know…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 September 2007

Tips for Presenters

I haven't seen a lot of sessions at the 2007 Summit, but I did go through 4 or 5 across the week and I noticed a few things in all of them. There were some first time presenters, and some nervous ones as well, but even the experienced ones could…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 September 2007

Day 1 at the Summit

I was late, not getting up quick enough and then fighting traffic into the city. From there I did a little work before hitting a session that I was looking forward to attending.

And I was completely disappointed. I won't mention the session here for the world to see, but…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2007

THE Reception

After the PASS opening, which I dropped in long enough to get a beer, we had the SQLServerCentral.com party.

It seemed to start a little slow, but ended up busier and running smoother than any other of our events. I have to credit the CCEvents and Boulder staffing people that…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2007


I'm kind of stunned. I have asked 6 people to go to the PASS conference over the last 4 days in Denver, all local people, and they cannot get time off for the conference. And a few of these are DBAs!!

Two are in projects, granted, so time off is…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 September 2007


So I got a final count of referrals from the PASS conference yesterday and it was 183, so thanks to everyone that signed up!

We get $50 for each one and my job is to blow every bit of it. This year I was a little worried with the conference…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 September 2007

Stealth Updates

Editorial coming next week, but so far this is amazing to me. Microsoft's stealth updates of their client update tool. Typical  explanation from the PM, "We think it's necessary so you can get updated". It's the arrogance that we know what's best and the disbelief that we wouldn't agree…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 September 2007

The Challenges of Podcasting

OK, here's one take. Not sure if it's any good, but it's a start.

No live editorials yet. I've been working through this process and trying to figure out what works. If I can get a good take, maybe I'll put tomorrow's out there.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 September 2007


I'm working on getting a small studio set up for some podcasting of the editorials. That means I put a mike on my desk along with a pop filter. I tried to do some basic recording, but the problem so far is that the levels are too low. I tried…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 September 2007