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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: April 2008


I've never been much of a mentor to people, partially not having the chance, partially focusing too much on myself, and partially, well, I haven't thought aobut it enough.

However I've had some discussions with Andy Warren lately about mentoring and I always find them interesting and intriguing. He's actively… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 April 2008

The MVP Summit

I hate to say it, but I can't say anything. At least not yet until I confirm some things are not under NDA.

However it was a great week, I met some very smart people, and had a good time. Lots of things in the works for both SQL Server… Read more

0 comments, 662 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 April 2008

MVP Day 2

Yesterday was an interesting day up at Microsoft. The SQL Server track is split into two sessions, with 2 assigned rooms, and luckily for me, all of the sessions I wanted to attend were in one room, so I never had to move. I liked that, though I was regretting… Read more

0 comments, 677 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2008

Service Pack 3 and Servicing

It was announced yesterday that Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 is coming! I've been trying to get people to vote and participate in the Connect item and it appears that everyone's efforts got noticed at Microsoft and they are starting to realize that having a servicing model is… Read more

0 comments, 743 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2008


I am actually stunned. I knew that more bandwidth makes a difference, but having way more bandwidth is truly amazing.

My daily upload routine, which actually ends up being anywhere from twice to 5 times a week for video, is to start uploading one video while I render another one.… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 April 2008

MVP Day 1

Actually it wasn't really an official day. I came to Seattle a day early to see the Mariner's play and went to the game with Kalen Delaney and her husband, Peter Ward, and Jeff Wharton from Australia. We had a good time and chatted a bit about SQL, but mostly… Read more

0 comments, 669 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 April 2008

It's Over - SQL Server 2000 Support

Ok, I'm a bit of an ID10T at times.

I've talked about this for months, especially trying to push SP3 for SQL Server 2005, but when the date came I missed it. I could blame it on a busy life and a wife that's been gone 7 of the last… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 April 2008