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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: February 2010

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta – Beginning SQL Server

At the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta this past weekend in Denver, I presented a talk on “Beginning SQL Server”, a high level look at the product for non-technical people: managers, analysts, project managers, even very new technical people. I’ve heard this requested a few times at SQL Saturday events in… Read more

4 comments, 570 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 February 2010

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta 2.0 – First Thoughts

It was a good day down in downtown Denver at the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta 2.0. I presented a session and moderated another, both of which went well. I have some changes and additions to my “Beginning SQL Server”, but I think it’s close to a great session for non-technical… Read more

1 comments, 492 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2010

Driving Issues with software

This is an interesting piece, talking about some of the software issues with Toyota and how that might come to be a big problem in the future with cars. As we include more software in cars, we will have more issues, and I am worried.

I recently had an issue… Read more

0 comments, 545 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 February 2010

More Snapshot Backups

I got some more feedback from my Connect item on allowing snapshot backups. They took notice, but I heard the “this is hard and it takes away from cool items in the next version” message.

That makes sense, and I understand there needs to be some level of progress.… Read more

0 comments, 587 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 February 2010

Bruce Schneier – Geek of the Week

I used to subscribe to Bruce’s monthly Cryp-o-gram and enjoyed it. He’s moved to a blog format, and I think that the content suffers a bit as he pushes things out quicker, but he’s still a great read.

This week at Simple-Talk, he was the geek of the week for… Read more

0 comments, 188 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 February 2010

Disaster Recovery at SQLServerCentral

We had a spammer post a bunch of random, silly posts last week. I knew it was an issue when my email went crazy with posts. I think 10 or 12 people sent me notes about different posts. We also had some issues the same day with inappropriate posts and… Read more

3 comments, 223 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 February 2010

Database Weekly Week

I used to build the Database Weekly newsletter and write the editorial every week. It was a chore, and it’s a grind. I have to go through hundreds of blog entries and news feeds, pick up the 40 or 50 ones that I think DBAs are interested in, and load… Read more

5 comments, 223 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2010

Cross Database RI Issues

I had an issue with a user recently. Actually it has been going on over a few weeks, due to both of us being busy and slow to respond to the other, but basically a user had two accounts. They had lost the password, changed jobs, and registered a new…

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0 comments, 297 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2010

Christmas Holiday

We booked a vacation over the weekend, so I’m marking off the week before Christmas as vacation this year. Hoping not to get caught again with everyone but me taking time off.

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0 comments, 310 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2010

I Feel Like a Heel

It’s now 3 events that I’ve canceled in the last 6 months, and a 4 or 5 more that I’ve declined an invitation to, despite having a desire to go. I got a note this morning, reminding me of a presentation tomorrow more, a remote webinar, that is supposed to… Read more

3 comments, 241 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2010

When Should You Start Speaking?

I know it’s daunting and a little intimidating, but there are so many people with knowledge to share. I see them answering questions, sharing knowledge, and being helpful to the community, so when are you ready to start speaking?

The answer probably varies, but what I’ve seen in many areas… Read more

8 comments, 417 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2010

Keynote Speaker!

Actually it’s not as big a deal as it sounds, but still a little exciting. I was asked to be one of the keynote speakers at SQL Saturday #33 in Charlotte.

My business partner, Andy Warren, and the President of PASS, Rushabh Mehta, were asked to say a few words… Read more

4 comments, 188 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2010

Feedback from Connect : Allow Snapshot Backups

I posted a note to allow snapshots to be backed up in SQL Server. The inability to do so, and the lack of a transition of a snapshot in a DR scenario means they have limited usefulness in my mind. So I added a suggestion to Connect: Allow backup/restore Snapshot… Read more

1 comments, 440 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 February 2010

Getting over to ASK

I haven’t been great about spending time at ask.sqlservercentral.com. It wasn’t my idea to set it up, and while I think it works, and it has some questions that fit it, I prefer our traditional forums and the discussions that ensue.

My plan this year was to ask a… Read more

2 comments, 201 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 February 2010

BugMeNot

Warning: Rant coming

Every once in awhile I get a note from someone, usually a somewhat nasty one, that complaints about registration for SQLServerCentral. I saw a note on Twitter recently where some jackass said that he registered on the site for something that wasn’t our content and then needed… Read more

2 comments, 364 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 February 2010

Keyboard Clash

  The SQLServerCentral servers are in the UK, and installed by UK personnel at Rackspace. We recently switched servers to Rackspace, off of the old servers that were installed by Red Gate IT, but they used the US settings, to exactly match the servers that used to be in…

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2 comments, 329 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 February 2010

Panic Attack

I had a minor panic attack recently where I was getting ready for bed and all of a sudden thought that I’d forgotten to get the newsletter, or an editorial done. And I didn’t have anything to write about.

Sounds like a bad dream for a writer, and it is.… Read more

4 comments, 282 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 February 2010

Finding Blog Topics

I used to think that I would run out of things to write about, but a decade after starting to blog regularly, there’s no shortage of ideas.

If you’re starting out on a blog, however, it can seem like you’ll solve all your problems quickly and be left with nothing… Read more

3 comments, 208 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 February 2010

Saving Space – Vertical Partitioning

I wrote about data types recently, referencing Michelle Ufford’s presentation at the PASS 2009 Summit. In that post I talked about how using a smaller data type can make a difference in the way your indexes work and improve performance.
However there’s another thing you can do as well:…

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4 comments, 747 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 February 2010

Syndication Schedule Changes

We have a process that reads syndicated blogs from people and then publishes them here. It’s worked well, and allows people to have their own site, but get more exposure here. I actually use it, publishing a copy of my blog at Blogger and then having it read here. Gives… Read more

4 comments, 185 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 February 2010

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