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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: October 2011

Document Your Day

You should be documenting your day, your week, your month, on a regular basis. Take a few minutes when you accomplish something and make a blog entry. This is a great way for you to keep track of what you’ve accomplished during the year, and be ready to talk about… Read more

3 comments, 965 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 October 2011

Buckets for Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery can be a huge project at any company. Considering the ways in which you build a plan that covers all the infrastructure, and it can quickly become a full time job for someone. The details, and the scope of the project can be overwhelming when you try to… Read more

1 comments, 544 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 October 2011

The Basics of Joins – Skill #4

This series of blog posts are related to my presentation, The Top Ten Skills You Need, which is scheduled for a few deliveries in 2011.

Databases are built to store data. That’s the primary purpose, and in SQL Server, we store data in a relational form. That means that… Read more

1 comments, 465 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 October 2011

It’s Your Career

It’s your career. It’s something you have to take ownership of and work on. I know that life is busy, and training budgets are tight. That’s one reason we started SQL Saturday; it’s a way to bring a training event and a conference experience to many people.

I posted this… Read more

6 comments, 475 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 October 2011

Fun Pix

Various photo uploads from the past year.


Filed under: Blog Tagged: Humor, pictures, syndicated

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2 comments, 349 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 October 2011

Penance

Buck Woody wrote a fantastic post this morning for speakers to think about. All too often I have seen some speakers at technical events adopt the prima donna stance, expecting gifts, special treatment, free food and drinks, and more. I do think that events should try to recognize speakers when… Read more

10 comments, 689 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 October 2011

Is my blog infringing on anything?

There was a recent uproar about a session delivered recently. A company thinks that the session infringed on their intellectual property. The Midnight DBAs had a short write up here that summarizes, and expresses some amazement.

I am sure that this accusation is baseless, but there are likely a few… Read more

1 comments, 734 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 October 2011

PASS 2011 Recap

Last week was the PASS Summit in Seattle (again, but only for 1 more year) and I was up there for a long week of shaking hands and talking SQL. It was a good time, and I’m sorry I didn’t do a bit more while I was there, but I’m… Read more

2 comments, 556 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 October 2011

Guest Appearance in DBA in Space

Win a trip into space!

The DBA in Space competition continues today with the third question. This time I get to ask it, a sci-fi film question. No hints, but do a little research and don’t make a mistake. You only get one chance at each question to get… Read more

4 comments, 737 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 October 2011

Practicing for DR

One of the sayings that I’ve heard a few times from professional atheletics is this:

“Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they don’t get it wrong.”

Most of us working in technology would like to think that we’re professionals, but do we really practice restores, practice… Read more

0 comments, 262 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2011

SQL Run was awesome

When Jes Borland suggested we do a group SQL Run in Seattle, I was thinking that we’d have a few people. Allen White and I run together when we’re in the same town, and with all the people that ran the Portland half and full marathons this past weekend, I… Read more

1 comments, 639 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2011

The Khan Academy

It’s completely unrelated to work, though there is a computer science section.

I can’t take credit for this, that goes to Andy Warren (LinkedIn | Blog | @sqlandy) for turning me onto the Khan Academy. It’s similar to what we built at SQL Share, but much broader… Read more

0 comments, 1,029 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 October 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

It sucks getting older. There are any number of reminders of that fact on a regular basis as I move through my 40s. A kid in college, the aches and pains from moving my body too quickly, the paunch that I struggle to keep under control, and the most annoying… Read more

0 comments, 283 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2011

Build Your Own Event at the PASS Summit

There’s a bunch of stuff scheduled for the PASS Summit next week. You can see some of the events on the After Hours page, but there are a few other events happening during the week as well. Most are private, which is fine for the people that get invited,… Read more

1 comments, 490 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2011

Basic Inner Joins – Basic Skill #4

This post is part of a series based on my presentation The Top Ten Skills You Need for SQL Server. This post is part of Skill #4 – Joins.

T-SQL Tuesday #23

This post is also serving as my T-SQL Tuesday post for the month. This month the party… Read more

0 comments, 608 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 October 2011

SQL Bits 9

SQL Bits was great

It’s been two years or more that I’ve been invited to SQL Bits. Not by email, but while shaking the hand of one of the organizers. Mostly Simon Sabin, but I think Darren Green, Allen Mitchell, or someone else has cornered me at PASS, the MVP…

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0 comments, 458 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 October 2011

SQL Authentication – Forcing Password Changes

When you create a SQL Server login (with SQL authentication), you have the option of enforcing password policies from Windows (in SQL Server 2005 and above).

The recommendation is that you check all three and force strong passwords. You also force a password change so the person has a private… Read more

0 comments, 1,644 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 October 2011