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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 2013

One day in the office

I got back from SQL Intersection on Wednesday afternoon. I did work a bit, but not too much after traveling and speaking this week. Today I’m in the office, but only today.

Tomorrow I’m outside.

I have more vacation scheduled tomorrow, along with Monday and Tuesday. Given the nature of… Read more

0 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 October 2013

Time Off

I’m booking vacation. I know I recommend balance, and tell people to take vacation, and that I’m bad at it. My wife is right there with me. I’m not sure who’s worse, but we both struggle to make time away from work. It’s good and bad. We enjoy our careers,… Read more

1 comments, 259 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 October 2013

It Still Happens – Full Transaction Log

Probably the most often asked question on SSC is about full transaction logs, and often full disks. It happened again recently. I don’t have an exact count of threads, but rough searches show this to have 70,000+ results, when most other searches I run show many, many fewer results… Read more

0 comments, 341 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 October 2013

Getting Started with CI and Databases

It’s fairly easy. At least, I think it is if a salesperson can do it.

Alex Yates, salesman extraordinaire at Red Gate Software, spent a lunch hour recently setting up a CI system so he could better understand how hard, or easy, it can be for customers. He wrote about… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 October 2013

Two Weeks to SQL Intersection

If you haven’t made it to a conference this year, you’ve still got a great one to think about: SQL Intersection. The second installment of this conference, run by SQLskills (Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal) takes place in two weeks. Come to Las Vegas and learn a ton about… Read more

1 comments, 226 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2013

One Down

Yesterday was our first 2013 SQL in the City event in Pasadena, CA. I was excited and nervous, with 3 talk and a keynote that I needed to integrate and work with two others on. We practiced 3 or 4 times on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, trying to get our… Read more

0 comments, 250 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 October 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #47 – SWAG

It’s T-SQL Tuesday time, the second Tuesday of the month when we all coordinate our blog posts on a particular topic. This month Kendal Van Dyke has invited us to take a break from technical topics and have a bit more fun. This month’s topic is asking about the swag… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 October 2013

My Busy Weekend

This weekend is the fall camporee for my middle son’s Boy Scout troop. He’s one of the senior scouts in the group, and he’s committed to help run some of the training sessions and competitions for younger boys. He asked if I’d go along on the trip and help out,… Read more

0 comments, 141 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 October 2013

The SQL in the City Tour is Almost Here

Five days. That’s how long I’m in Denver after my last trip before I head back to the airport for the 2013 US SQL in the City tour! Once again the crew from Red Gate is traveling around the country, putting on our one day, free, educational SQL in the… Read more

0 comments, 129 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 October 2013

DevConnections Slides and Code

I had a great time at DevConnections this week, It was a fairly quick trip for me, with lots of other events, but a good time. I presented two sessions and both went well. I had some good questions from the audience and people seemed to enjoy the talks. In… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 October 2013

Networking at the PASS Summit: First timers

The PASS Summit is just over a week away, and one again Andy Warren and I are hosting a networking dinner on Monday night. This is a free, informal event to help people get to know each other. Whether you are new to the community or have been to many… Read more

1 comments, 179 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 October 2013