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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: March 2017

Thoughts on PASS Summit Speaker Selection Changes

Recently the PASS Blog released some changes to the speaker selection process that have generated some commentary and thoughts from various people. I read Joey D’Antoni’s thoughts, Andy Leonard’s thoughts as well as various tweets and comments. I talked with a few people, and wanted to put out a… Read more

10 comments, 474 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 March 2017

Looking Back at the SQL Clone Launch(es)

Yesterday was the SQL Clone launch livestream from the Redgate office in Cambridge, UK. I flew over on Monday, along with Grant Fritchey, to help broadcast a few sessions about the product. I’ve been excited to see SQL Clone for a few years now, ever since I saw a POC… Read more

0 comments, 710 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 March 2017

Watch Your DataTypes in Aggregates–#SQLNewBlogger

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

I’ve got a database of NBA statistics with data like this for players. I downloaded a CSV and loaded it into SQL Server.

I decided to play… Read more

0 comments, 644 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 March 2017

Getting a VHD into Azure with PoSh

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

I thought this would make a nice SQLNewBlogger post, an easy get started one. I used the docs from Microsoft as a guide, so here’s how it… Read more

0 comments, 510 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 March 2017

TSQLTuesday.com – Quick WordPress Setup in Azure

When I agreed to host the T-SQL Tuesday site, I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought about just putting up a static page, one I’d edit, but in some conversations with Adam Machanic, he wanted to have a few people able to manage the site. That makes sense and… Read more

1 comments, 953 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 March 2017

Delete an Azure SQL Database from PowerShell

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

One of the things I’ve been working on is trying to get my DevOps, continuous delivery pipeline working with Azure. Part of that is a test deployment… Read more

0 comments, 1,493 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 March 2017

Building a Database DevOps Process at the Data Platform Summit 2017

I’m heading to India this August for the Data Platform Summit 2017. I am honored to have been selected to deliver a pre-conference seminar called “Building a Database DevOps Process”, where I’ll walk through the way in which you can include your database alongside application code and deploy it… Read more

2 comments, 490 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 March 2017

SQL Bits in less than a month

I’m getting excited, and you should as well. Join me at a fantastic conference in the UK this spring. Register today and come to a training day and learn something. I might just see you there, as I’m thinking to take one or two myself.

I’ll be presenting “Including Your… Read more

0 comments, 356 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 March 2017

Global v Session Trace Flags

I wrote a short article on enabling and disabling trace flags. You can read it, but I didn’t really discuss the implications of session v global trace flags, which is something I’d like to do here.

In the article, I set trace flag 3226 for my session. This showed… Read more

0 comments, 1,649 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 March 2017

Create a BACPAC–#SQLNewBlogger

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

One of the things that you might encounter at some point is the need to create a BACPAC. This is essentially a DACPAC with data included. There… Read more

1 comments, 364 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 March 2017

The Livestream Product Launch

SQL in the City Streamed in 2016 was a success, with lots of feedback that people enjoyed the sessions and format. With the release of SQL Clone, we’ve decided to do it again.

The SQL Clone Product Launch Live Stream is coming in a couple weeks, on Mar 29,… Read more

0 comments, 530 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 March 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #88 – WTF

It’s T-SQL Tuesday time again, and this is a good one. The host this month is Kennie Pontoppidan, who I had the pleasure of running with one morning in Copenhagen. His theme is The daily (database-related) WTF.

You can read about T-SQL Tuesday at tsqltuesday.com and see all… Read more

0 comments, 717 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 March 2017

Using tSQLt to Find Min/Max Times

I love tSQLt. It’s a good way to write tests that can determine if your code is actually working. Since I’m a fan of unit testing, I think using tests to verify your logic is great. What’s excellent with tSQLt is that I can verify a number of cases at… Read more

0 comments, 909 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 March 2017

Create a DACPAC to Move Databases–#SQLNewBlogger

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

In my last post, I talked about what a DACPAC was. Now let’s create one. This turns out to be about as simple as it could be.… Read more

1 comments, 638 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 March 2017

The $650 SQL Saturday

SQL Saturday #596 – Denver BI Edition was held on Feb 25, 2017. In keeping with my idea for a slimmer SQL Saturday, we ran this event for a total of $650. It’s not quite the $500 that Andy Warren challenged me to stick to, but it’s close.

We could… Read more

6 comments, 2,042 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 March 2017

Dots, Skills, and SQL Clone: A Contest from Redgate

Redgate just launched SQL Clone, a new product that can provision copies of databases in seconds. By copies, I mean full sized, up to 2TB copies of your database, each separate and isolated, and built in seconds. What’s even more amazing is that each of these copies takes just… Read more

10 comments, 1,209 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 March 2017

Implicit Time Conversions – #SQLNewBlogger

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

I was trying to work with times recently and needed to get the current time. I thought, well, Getdate(), or better yet, SysDateTime() will give me a… Read more

0 comments, 565 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 March 2017

How Do You Use SQL Clone?

On Monday, Redgate released v1.0 of SQL Clone, and I’m excited that the product is finally available. I’m excited because this has been a long time coming, but it’s worth the wait.

You can certainly download SQL Clone and try it out, but I’d also say you should check… Read more

0 comments, 507 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 March 2017