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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 2016

Selfies at Summit

Not all selfies, and not enough, but lots of changes to meet people at the Summit this week.

The other Steve Jones (not sure who’s other)

 

And, of course, one from the Redgate SQL Clone party


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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 October 2016

#RedgateRocks Tonight at #sqlsummit

Tonight is the #RedgateRocks party at 1927 Events in Seattle. You’ll need to get a wristband from the Redgate Software booth in the exhibition hall to gain admission, so stop by.

Today’s your last chance.

And if you’re looking for someone to go to dinner with, come to our #sqldinner… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 October 2016

Summit 2016–Setup

Tuesday was the first real day of the Summit for me, and a long, all day event. First, a lovely breakfast with Micky Steuwe, during which she presented me with a lovely glass art piece she made herself.

I’ll treasure this, as personal, thoughtful gifts are touching. Thanks, Mickey.

Then… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 October 2016

Win a Year of Death Wish Coffee at the #sqlsummit

One of the promotions this week at the PASS Summit from Redgate Software is a chance to run a year’s supply of coffee. This isn’t just any coffee, but the Death Wish Coffee, full of extra caffeine. Grant Fritchey loves this stuff, and that’s what one lucky attendee will… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 October 2016

Getting dbatools in Powershell

I had the chance to watch dbatools in action recently at SQL Saturday Cambridge. I watched a presentation from Chrissy LeMaire (@cl) that was impressive in how easy she made a number of DDL type changes between instances.

I decided to give some of these new cmdlets a… Read more

1 comments, 764 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 October 2016

Using TRY..CATCH in SQL Prompt

I learned something new recently about SQL Prompt. I was working on documenting and experimenting with snippets and found a quicker way to write code.

One of the things I think is great is to use the TRY..CATCH structure. I don’t do it enough, but I want to do this… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 October 2016

Monday Night Networking Dinner Tonight

If you are attending the  PASS Summit, or even in the Seattle area, we have a SQL Server pro networking dinner tonight. This is at The Yardhouse on 4th Avenue. This is a buy your own event, but you’ll have the chance to meet with and network with other professionals. Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 October 2016

Meet and Greet Data Pros at #sqlsummit

Next Monday night is the networking dinner that Andy Warren and I have put together for the last 6 years. Once again, we’ve arranged for everyone in Seattle to come join in.

If you don’t have plans for Monday night, pick a time, and join us at the Yardhouse. We’ve… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 October 2016

#RedgateRocks at the PASS Summit

If you are attending the PASS Summit next week in Seattle, and want to attend a fun party on Thursday night, come by the Redgate Software booth in the expo hall for your #RedgateRocks bracelet. This is your ticket to admission Thursday night.

Walk down to 1927 3rd Ave between… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 October 2016

Creating a Logon Trigger–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

Suppose you want to audit logins for your SQL Server instance. There are multiple ways to do this, but Logon Triggers have a few advantages. First, they… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 October 2016

Fun and Contests at Summit 2016

I’ll be attending the 2016 Pass Summit as a part of the Redgate Software crew. I’m not speaking this year, so most of my time will be at the Redgate booth, showing you a few tricks and tips with products and maybe convincing you that we can help your company… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 October 2016

DB CI: Getting Test Results in VSTS

One of the things I struggled with a bit was getting test results to appear in VSTS from my builds.

Here’s my original Build flow:

However, when I’d run a build, I got this in the Build summary:

That’s not great, and I knew this could work better, so I… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 October 2016

Webinar: Database Deployment with Git, Jenkins, and Octopus Deploy

I’ve got a webinar later today that looks at how Redgate Software’s DLM Automation and other SQL Toolbelt tools can be used to smoothly move development changes from one database to another.

Sign up and spend an hour with me this morning.

This is part of a monthly… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 October 2016

Thursday Game Night at PASS Summit

On Thursday night, Oct 27, 2016, Andy Warren and I are hosting a game night event at the Washington State Convention Center. This is a low-key, alternative fun event for those of you that might not be attending another party elsewhere.

If you’re interested, please purchase a ticket. We… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 October 2016

Thursday Night Networking Dinner Meetup at Summit 2016

This year PASS announced that Thursday night would be an open night at the PASS Summit, with no events scheduled. Typically Microsoft has sponsored a party at Gameworks, but not this year. PASS has a list of events at the Summit, if you want to browse. Many of these… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2016

Why I Practice Presentations

I had a new presentation to give this week at IT/DevConnections. This is a paid for conference, and I want to be well prepared and ready for the events. It’s the least I can do for people who have spent money to attend an event.

I enjoy IT/DevConnections, and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 October 2016

The Snippet Manager in SQL Prompt

I love SQL Prompt, since it makes T-SQL coding quicker and easier. One of the handiest things is the Snippet Manager. I’ll show you how this works.

When I type something, like “cl”, I get a list of things, as shown below..

I see CLOSE, which has “cl” in it,… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #83–The Same Old Issues

This month is an interesting T-SQL Tuesday topic, and it’s brought to us by Andy Mallon, with the topic of the same old issues we’re still dealing with. I think that’s an interesting issue, since I do find myself answering the same old questions over and over.

If… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 October 2016

The Free-Con Returns to Seattle

On Monday, October 24, 2016, there will be a Free-Con in Seattle for those that might not be attending a pre-con before the Pass Summit. Put on by Jason Brimhall and Wayne Sheffield, there’s a set of 6 sessions you can attend for free that day.

Register now to come. Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 October 2016

Monday Night Networking at Summit 2016

It’s PASS Summit time and that means Andy Warren and I are doing another Monday Night Networking Dinner.

For those of you that haven’t come in the past, Andy and I aren’t buying you dinner. What we are doing is setting up a time and location for people to come…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 October 2016

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