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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: December 2017

AutoMap in SQL Compare

SQL Compare is a core product from Redgate and I’ve got a series on some of the interesting things I’ve found. Download a trial today if you haven’t tried it.

SQL Compare does a great job of trying to help you map columns in your database. For example, I was… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 December 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #098–2018 Goals

A great topic for T-SQL Tuesday this time from @sqlmal. It’s Setting Learning Goals for 2018, and it’s a topic I both loathe and love. I hate making commitments that I can’t keep, and I constantly find that a chaotic life will get in the way of learning over… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 December 2017

Renaming a Column–#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 I rarely do is rename objects. There are good reasons to do so, but often the changes required in other objects and applications isn’t… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 December 2017

SSMS Updates in 17.4

SSMS 17.4 is out, and if you haven’t upgraded from SQL 204, 2012, 2008, etc., you should do so. You can run your bundled SSMS side by side with the new versions, but it seems that the 17x versions are improving andbecoming more stable.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2017


I got sent an interview by Mohammad Darab, a fellow SQL Server professional in Northern Virginia. I thought the questions were interesting, and spent a bit of time on them. You can read the interview here: https://mohammaddarab.com/interview-steve-jones/

Filed under: Blog Tagged: misc, syndicated

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2017

Live on Channel 9 with ReadyRoll

I was interviewed in Redmond a couple months ago and the video was just published. I show and demo some database migration work with ReadyRoll in this video:


Filed under: Blog Tagged: DevOps, ReadyRoll, Redgate, syndicated

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 December 2017

My Second Pester Test

I should write about my first one, but I just copied Rob’s test, so that’s not so exciting. Instead, I decided to take his advice and write some code, then decide how I test it. This isn’t really TDD, but I need to understand how Posh returns things, so… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 December 2017

Join Me Online Next Week for SQL in the City

It’s one week to SQL in the City 2017, once again streamed. I’ll be traveling this weekend to the Redgate office and getting setup. After two days of rehearsing, I’ll be ready for the live broadcast Dec 13.

Here’s a quick promo video as well:

Once again, we’ll be… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 December 2017

SQL Prompt Gets Even Better

SQL Prompt v9 came out recently, and just when you thought they couldn’t make it better, they found a way. If you click the menu for SQL Prompt, you’ll see a couple new items.

Code Analysis!!! Finally, a first step towards some sort of better analysis of code. These are… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 December 2017

Testing a Birthday Month Query

I ran across a post from a tester, wondering  how to write a query for birthday months. This makes sense, as I’m sure some businesses want to notify or track customers that have birthdays this month and give them something.

The post was good, with DDL and test data, and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 December 2017

Automating SQL Clone Creation with PoSh

I think SQL Clone is one of the game changing products from Redgate. This product really fits into a DevOps mindset, allowing me to quickly and easily build (and rebuild) a dev database.

While the agent web pages make this easy, they’re slightly cumbersome and the PowerShell cmdlets fit better… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 December 2017