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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

Quick Elevators

I’m at the Renaissance in Seattle for a couple days, stuck on the 14th floor. That’s higher than I normally like to stay, preferring low floors. However there is something that makes a huge difference here.

A fast elevator.

Traveling is often an inconvenience for me. It’s a hassle, it… Read more

0 comments, 447 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 November 2010

The Tapestry

When I run on the treadmill, I have a TV and DVD player down there and have been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation over the last few years on and off. I recently saw an episode called Tapestry and it really made me stop and think.

In this episode,… Read more

0 comments, 478 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2010

Powershell and Performance Monitoring

When I was doing performance monitoring of servers, I typically struggled with a good way to get the data. In years past it was cumbersome to keep track of server information and rarely was it done well. So often I found that many problems were the result of simple mis-configuration… Read more

1 comments, 740 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 November 2010

Powershell and Policy Based Management

If you haven’t looked at Policy Based Management (PBM), and you manage multiple instances, you ought to really look at it. Even if you manage just a few, having your systems automated just saves you a lot of time and effort.

Allen White is the Powershell guy for me, and… Read more

1 comments, 958 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2010

VLDB Issues at SQL Server Connections

Kim Tripp is a great speaker, with a wealth of knowledge. This session was talking about some of the issues with VLDBs.

What’s a VLDB? Definitely the TB range, but Kim talks about the issues that come with 100s of GBs as well.  She mentions one client with a 3TB… Read more

2 comments, 715 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2010

Service Broker – SQL Server Connections

These are some notes and thoughts from sessions and my time at SQL Server Connections/DevConnections in Nov 2010.

Denny Cherry gives a nice warning at the beginning of his sessions. His parents were sailors, so beware of the

Service Broker is alien to so many people. I agree with that.… Read more

1 comments, 1,588 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #12 – Why Do You Need a DBA?

It’s once again time for T-SQL Tuesday, the brainchild of Adam Machanic (Blog|Twitter). It’s a monthly blog party, designed to get bloggers to all write on a single topic on the same day. This month we have the party hosted by Paul Randal with his topic… Read more

1 comments, 2,947 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 November 2010

Finding Your Dream Job

My pre-conference session for the SQL Rally conference in the spring is called “Finding Your Dream Job”. Chris Shaw ( LinkedIn | blog | @sqlshaw)  and I put this together based on a few other presentations that we’ve both given before.

Whether you vote for us, Kevin Kline, or… Read more

1 comments, 650 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 November 2010

Leaving (for) Las Vegas

Tomorrow I’m off to Las Vegas for SQL Connections. Since tomorrow is also T-SQL Tuesday #012, I’m writing a pre-trip blog a day early.

I’ve never been enthralled with the image of Las Vegas, but I went there earlier this year with my wife for a vacation and had… Read more

1 comments, 421 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 November 2010

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