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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: February 2017


I’ve hosted a page on this blog that has all the T-SQL Tuesday blog invitations and roundups linked. I did this mainly because I was trying to ensure I have hosted a few, I wanted to know what others had chosen. Since I didn’t see a good list, I created… Read more

2 comments, 2,009 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 February 2017

Speaking at VS Live–Austin

I’ll be speaking at Visual Studio Live – Austin in May 2017. I was fortunate to be selected to speak again, after my first two VS Lives last year in DC and Orlando. I’m excited to go back, as the conference is a lot of fun, and Austin is a… Read more

0 comments, 923 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2017

Upgrading SQL Server on Linux

I saw this week that there was a new CTP (v1.3) of SQL Server v.Next. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the Linux version lately, but I thought I’d try and see how well the upgrade went.

There’s an install and upgrade page at Microsoft you… Read more

1 comments, 2,833 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2017

What’s a DACPAC and a BACPAC?

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

If you’ve worked with SQL Server development and database projects, you might have heard about DACPACs. However, if you haven’t, this was a concept that didn’t seem… Read more

1 comments, 1,124 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2017

Heading Back to SQL Bits

I’m honored to be selected to speak at SQL Bits 2017 this April in Telford. This is my favorite SQL Server conference, and it’s always a joy to attend. Especially the Friday night party, where everyone seems to have a lot of fun.

I’ll be presenting “Including Your Database in… Read more

0 comments, 558 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 February 2017

DevOps Webinar Tomorrow

A quick reminder that tomorrow, Feb 21 at 12pm EST, I’ll be hosting another DevOps, Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) webinar. Together with Arneh Eskandari, we’ll show how we can each make changes to our own database, push the changes to git and reconcile merge issues.

Register now, and… Read more

1 comments, 705 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2017

SQL Clone and Encryption

I’ve been testing and working with SQL Clone for the last few months, trying to help the devs at Redgate ensure this product is ready to go when it’s released. I’ve written a few pieces on this blog, and I’ve got a new one up on the Redgate blog that… Read more

0 comments, 1,610 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 February 2017

The Foundry and Data Masking

There’s a group at Redgate that investigates new ideas and products. They’re called the Foundry, and they do some cool things. One of those is work on data masking. They’ve got a whole section on the Redgate site. Check it out and see what you think.

I’ve seen some… Read more

0 comments, 450 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 February 2017

Opening the PowerShell ISE from Explorer

This is a cool productivity trip, and one that I ran into by accident. I had heard that I could launch a command prompt by typing cmd in the address. That works, and it’s cool. It even works with ConEmu, which is my default command window.

However, while I was… Read more

2 comments, 1,011 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 February 2017

Let NonAdmins Get Logins

I saw a question recently about how to allow some users to see the logins on a server without being a sysadmin or securityadmin. This was in support of a migration effort, so users needed read rights without being able to change anything.

This appears to be a good place… Read more

0 comments, 804 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 February 2017

Get Your SQL Server Product Key with Powershell #dbatools

There are lots of tasks that are easily accomplished with bot h PowerShell and T-SQL.

Get-SqlServerKey is a command that will find your product keys. It’s not often you might need this, but it’s a pain to track them down from the registry and be sure you get them for… Read more

4 comments, 2,484 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 February 2017

Using a DMK in TDE

When you setup TDE, you need to create a DMK (Database Master Key) in the master database if one doesn’t exist. This key forms the basis of a chain of protection for your data inside of the SQL Server instance. The hierarchy is:

  • The DMK exists in the master…

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0 comments, 568 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 February 2017

Speaking at SQL Konferenz 2017

I’m heading back across the Atlantic this February for SQL Konferenz. This is an intimate SQL Server event in Darmstadt (near Frankfurt). I was fortunate to be picked to speak in 2015, but skipped 2016 as the timing wasn’t good. This year, things lined up for me, and I’ll… Read more

4 comments, 560 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 February 2017