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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: November 2010

Multiple Mirrors

Up through SQL Server 2008 R2 database mirroring has been limited to a single mirror for each database. While that does work well for many companies, as you become larger and more dependent on your computer systems, there is a need to have multiple mirrors.

Often someone wants to failover… Read more

4 comments, 2,329 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 November 2010

Cleaning Up Blogs

I highly encourage people to blog. I know that not everyone is a writer, but I think that blogging helps build some extremely valuable skills: communication skills. We all need them, and they help us in our careers, no matter what your job.

At SQLServerCentral, we’ve had a blog section… Read more

5 comments, 626 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 November 2010

Buried

Coming back after a week off, even a holiday week when traffic is relatively low, is no fun. I have tons of email, lots of articles, and more than a few meetings to get to as well as a lot of writing to catch up on.

I had hoped to… Read more

1 comments, 601 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 November 2010

Book Review - The Checklist Manifesto

Andy Warren recommended The Checklist Manifesto to me and after seeing his review, I decided to grab it. It’s written by a surgeon, and starts with a few stories of how people were saved in the ER by some amazing teamwork.

The book then goes into a discussion on… Read more

1 comments, 979 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 November 2010

I'm a Midnight DBA

Well, not really. However when I was recently up in Seattle, Jen and Sean McCown contacted me about being on their show and doing an interview. I agreed, and we met late, as in starting around 9:30pm one night, to do a sit down and interview.

It was totally off…

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2 comments, 345 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 November 2010

A Couple Interesting Talks

At the PASS Summit a few weeks ago, the keynote talks and the WIT luncheon were streamed live to the world. I watched most of the talks from my house, and some of them were very interesting.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the first two days, which were full of too…

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0 comments, 265 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 November 2010

Quite Time

It’s vacation week for me. Everything’s scheduled for SQLServerCentral, and my family is taking our annual ski break for Thanksgiving. We left on Sunday, after I returned from SQL Saturday #59 and are not due back in town until Fri or Sat. I’m not even sure how “wired” we’ll be,…

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1 comments, 292 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 November 2010

Off to the Big Apple

I’m heading to New York today, off for SQL Saturday #59. Another travel day, but I am looking forward to this trip. First, New York is one of the coolest cities in the world. Second, I get to meet a few people that I’ve wanted to meet: Robert Pearl… Read more

1 comments, 315 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2010

Scheduled Out

I’m all scheduled out for the next week with newsletters and content ready to go through Nov 29. I’m not sure I’ve ever been this far ahead, often counting on someone else to do a few things for me.

Hopefully this all works out with no phone calls from work… Read more

0 comments, 297 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 November 2010

The 2010 SQLServerCentral Party

A quick look at the SQLServerCentral party at the 2010 PASS Summit, thanks to SQLChicken. It’s on UStream

Not great quality, but some fun commentary from Scott Gleason and Jorge.

My favorite part? A plug from Jorge: “SQL Compare saves booty.”

:)







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1 comments, 308 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2010

Cleaner Code Demos – Speaker Hints

Recently I had the privilege of watching Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp present (separately) at SQL Server Connections. If you have never seen them talk I would highly recommend you make time if you are ever at an event with them. They do a fantastic job.

In any case, they… Read more

1 comments, 274 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2010

My Weekend Just Got Busy

I’m traveling to New York City on Friday for SQL Saturday #59 and returning Sunday morning. As soon as I get home, I’m heading to Winter Park for a week’s vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday. We were actually supposed to leave Sat, and my wife still might. So I’m planning… Read more

0 comments, 269 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 November 2010

Another Plagiarizer

I received a note today about someone else that is plagiarizing content from SQLServerCentral. It’s a blog on Windows Live Spaces by ?? in Peking. I won’t link it here, since it’s not important.

There are any number of articles copied, with no attribution listed whatsoever. This person is from… Read more

5 comments, 372 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 November 2010

Career Advice – Play Your Own Game

I get asked this question fairly often. How do I find time to write so much, work on SQL Server, have a family, a ranch, etc. It seems that people often want to blog as much as me, or speak, or something else.

It’s natural, I often look at others… Read more

6 comments, 530 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 November 2010

How I like to work

This is a great sign. I see if every time I go to Brother’s BBQ in Denver and it never fails to make me smile.

I snapped a quick picture last week, and in case you can’t see it because of the sun, the sign says:

OPEN EVERYDAY

FROM AROUND… Read more

1 comments, 275 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 November 2010

SQL Rally Pre-Cons

The SQL Rally pre-conference sessions were announced today, and congratulations to the winners. They are:
  • Business Intelligence Workshop - Patrick LeBlanc, Devin Knight, Mike Davis, & Adam Jorgensen
  • Query Performance Tuning, Start to Finish - Grant Fritchey
  • Maximize Your SQL Server 2008 Coding Skills - Plamen Ratchev
  • Leadership and Team…

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0 comments, 331 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 November 2010

Check the .NET Framework Version Installed

I haven’t ever worried about this, but I had the need recently to check. I was looking a SQL Sentry’s Plan Explorer and the instructions mentioned that you need the .NET Framework v4.0 installed.

So I decided to check my machine. First I hit Control Panel

However that doesn’t say… Read more

0 comments, 929 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 November 2010

Android Tablet

I was in Best Buy, actually returning a couple iPads the other day. I had gotten a few for a Red Gate giveaway and left them at home. I purchased two on the road, and when I got back, I took these back to Best Buy.

I'm still debating if…

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3 comments, 769 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 November 2010

Back Home

And glad to be there. I was gone almost 7 days, home only for 24:15:00 before back out on another trip. Between SQL Connections, and a little setup for the PASS Summit, I was beat.

And behind. I had scheduled out newsletters and editorials, but I came back to over…

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0 comments, 325 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 November 2010

Do You Need a Mentor?

When I was young, I never thought I did. I was sure that I knew what was best for my career and that I could figure things out by studying more, reading more, and learning more. Probably I had some trusts “issues” somewhere in my past, but I didn’t want… Read more

7 comments, 324 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 November 2010

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