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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: March 2014

All in Fun

My first commercial!

Steve on a Horse

This comes from our DBA Team promotion, which is ongoing this year.


Filed under: Blog Tagged: Humor, Red Gate, syndicated

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0 comments, 200 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 March 2014

Getting RUN back in Windows 8

Recently I heard a few people that note that they were really hoping the next update for Windows 8 will bring back the “Run button”, which was available in XP and Windows 7. I guess it was in Vista, but we won’t talk about that fiasco.

I asked a question… Read more

0 comments, 194 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 March 2014

SQL Scripts Manager

We have Down Tools Week multiple times per year at Red Gate. This allows various employees to spend a week on a project, working to build something new and interesting that we rarely have time to spend our limited resources on. Past projects have resulted in SQL Search, a mobile… Read more

0 comments, 1,569 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 March 2014

Encryption in Las Vegas – SQL Saturday #295

I enjoy Las Vegas, usually trying to see a show of some sort when I’m there. I’ll have the chance next week, when I’m in town for SQL Saturday #295 on Apr 5. It will be a fairly quick trip for me, but I’ll see if I can find something… Read more

0 comments, 731 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 March 2014

Virtual Lab – New Domain User

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

After the domain was up, I needed to add users. Specifically, I didn’t want to use administrator for… Read more

0 comments, 321 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 March 2014

Speaking About Unstructured Data at SQL Saturday #287 – Madison

I haven’t been to Wisconsin in a long time. Not since I was a little kid, going to visit family. However I’m heading up there next week for SQL Saturday #287 in Madison, WI. I’ll be speaking about unstructured data, basically Filestream and Filetable, giving a preview of the… Read more

0 comments, 211 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 March 2014

Virtual Lab – The Domain

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

The big thing in setting up a domain is to enable you to connect multiple machines together, experiment… Read more

0 comments, 250 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 March 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #52 – Arguments

It’s time for T-SQL Tuesday, this month hosted by Michael J Swart, our artistic DBA in the community. I love Michael’s pictures, and enjoy the time I get to chat with him at events.

His invitation this month for #52 is to argue against a popular opinion. He asking us… Read more

3 comments, 226 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 March 2014

Virtual Lab – Adapter Setup

This is part of a series where I set up a virtual lab for testing and misc. work. The other parts in the series are here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

Once I had the machine up and running, I knew I needed to get the networking setup.… Read more

6 comments, 258 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 March 2014

Powershell in a Month – Day 19 – I/O

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

Not the I/O that we think of in T-SQL, but more the I/O that’s a part of many programming languages. This… Read more

1 comments, 316 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 March 2014