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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: September 2018


When Microsoft announced SQL Operations Studio last year, I wasn’t thrilled. The move to a VS Code shell was less of a concern to me than having a better SSMS toolset. Actually, with VS moving to MacOS, I was hoping we’d get a slimmer, closer VS version of SSMS that… Read more

0 comments, 111 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 September 2018

Moving Objects to a New Schema

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

I haven’t had the need to move an object from one schema to another in years. Really since SQL Server 2000. I wrote about deleting a user that… Read more

0 comments, 240 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 September 2018

What is Projectsv13 in SQL Change Automation?

I got this question recently from someone that was evaluating the SQL Change Automation client in Visual Studio. After setting up a new PoC (Proof of Concept), they were confused about why there is a new entry in their list of SQL Servers.

If you’re wondering, this is what you… Read more

3 comments, 285 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2018

The Trigger Roundup–T-SQL Tuesday #106

This month was my turn to host T-SQL Tuesday. I chose Trigger Headaches or Happiness as the topic, and I am glad that there have been quite a few responses.

I started the review almost immediately,and here are a few highlights. I separated these based on how I first thought… Read more

1 comments, 339 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 September 2018

A Summit Contest for registering by Sept 22

If you haven’t registered for the 2018 PASS Summit and plan to go, you might press to get registration done this week. Next week prices increase, but this week you can save.

There is a promotion from PASS that will let you save $200 this week. In addition, you can… Read more

0 comments, 292 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 September 2018

Deleting a User that Owns a Schema

This was an interesting question I saw posted recently. Through SQL Server 2000, trying to delete a user that owned objects was a pain. We had to actually rebuild all the objects, which was problematic. With SQL Server 2005 and later, we got schemas actually added as separate entities, so… Read more

1 comments, 135 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 September 2018

Learn about SQL Source Control in Redgate University

I love the SQL Source Control product from Redgate. It’s not perfect, and it can be slow to run at times, but the simplicity of what it does, of getting my code quickly and easily to a VCS is fantastic. I really appreciate it.

This is one of the tools… Read more

0 comments, 124 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 September 2018

Importing Flat Files in SSMS 17.x Works

One of the more annoying things I’ve found in SSIS/SSMS is trying to import CSV files for some quick analysis. For some reason I constantly seem to get files that the import wizard keeps having issues. On top of that, the defaults are annoying. When I need to get a… Read more

2 comments, 1,932 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 September 2018

SQL in the City Summits–Coming to New York, London, and Chicago

I love New York. Every time I get to travel to the city, I get excited and look forward to the trip. I was able to spend a night in Brooklyn earlier this year, touring a college with my daughter. Now I’m very lucky to get a second trip this… Read more

0 comments, 194 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 September 2018

Redgate University is Growing

There isn’t a degree to be gained, but you can get a lot of information about Redgate products at Redgate University. This is the place to learn how to best use the products. This is a work in progress and we’ve started with a few of the more popular… Read more

0 comments, 127 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 September 2018

Watch SQL in the City Streamed September 2018

I’m over in the UK and we have SQL in the City Streamed tomorrow. This is our September edition, and Grant, Kathi, and myself are prepping today.

We also have a special guest this time, Rob Richardson. Rob is a fantastic software developer and fellow MVP. I’m… Read more

0 comments, 136 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 September 2018

T-SQL Tuesday #106 – Trigger Headaches or Happiness

Since I took over the T-SQL Tuesday a few months ago, I decided I ought to host again. Especially since I’ve done it twice, but Wayne Sheffield got his third spot last month. Gotta keep up with Mr. Sheffield.

Triggers, for fun and frustration

I’ve been working with SQL Server… Read more

10 comments, 193 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 September 2018