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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: December 2007

Vista Woes

 So my DVD drive in the new laptop appeared to be dead. It didn't appear in the "Computer" list with my hard drive, I inserted known good DVDs and CDs that worked on other laptops and no go. Device Manager showed that the driver couldn't load, so I removed it… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 December 2007


 Maybe I'm succombing, maybe I'm lazy, most likely I don't want to mess with it. 

 I found some instructions for nLite, a utility that will build a custom XP install, including the SATA drivers, but as I was looking through the new machine and checking out the utilities, I got… Read more

0 comments, 1,476 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 December 2007

XP Struggles

My new laptop came with Vista Home and I messed with it for awhile last night, but I didn't see anything that was a compelling reason for me to stick with it. I like XP and it works well for me. It's supposed to use less resources and as I… Read more

0 comments, 1,451 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 December 2007

Quismo F40

My new laptop showed up today at my desk. Actually it probably showed up yesterday, but since I never went out the front door, I didn't realize it. My daughter brought it in, thankfully not dropping it anywhere, and wanted to help me open it. We did, and she got… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 December 2007

Last Minute Learning

Someone posted a question about what should they try to learn for an interview coming soon, but the company was asking for information that they didn't know about. Their resume indicated experience in development, but the job description asked for HA skills. 

What should you do?

 First don't panic. I'm… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 December 2007

The Podcastee

Usually I'm the one working on my podcasts and starring in them. However I got invited to participate in and be interviewed for a podcast by Eric Johnson and Josh Jones of the Colorado Springs SQL Server Users Group. They do a weekly podcast on databases in general and… Read more

0 comments, 1,426 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 December 2007

Turning Off Logging

I'm sure that most of you know that you cannot turn off logging in SQL Server. You can minimize the impact of logging by using simple mode, but there is no way to turn off logging.

Yet I still see posts (and answer them) that talk about how to stop…

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0 comments, 1,428 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 December 2007


A short congratulations to myself. I was answering posts last night after tech editing another chapter of the book I'm helping on and I hit the front page to see if I'd cracked the top 5, which are displayed on everyone's home page.

I saw I'd hit exactly 12,000 points…

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0 comments, 1,461 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 December 2007

Driving Debate

I write a daily editorial, which is one of the reasons that I don't post here as often as I'd like. I get to put out thoughts and opinions, and often I'm hoping to drive the debate in something that interests me or that has caught my eye. I'm mostly…

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0 comments, 1,389 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 December 2007


A new video setup is on the way!!!!

Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the holidays here since it's a slow time and I'm sure you could use some more (or perhaps less) interesting content.

I've been making do with some old equipment that I had and…

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0 comments, 3,038 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 December 2007


Wow, it's been a long time since I posted here. I actually had to search for my name to find the blog and get back to this posting page. Part of that is my inability to maintain this blog and another part is the poor design of this Community Server…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 December 2007