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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

Docker Challenges

I’ve been trying to get time to play with Docker more. I had it setup on my old laptop and was experimenting with different ways of working with containers and databases before I switched. Since then I’ve been slightly hamstrung as I’ve been a VMWare person for some time. I… Read more

3 comments, 426 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 June 2018

DevOps Debugs the Demo

I had my 24 Hours of Pass session today, Database DevOps to Ensure Compliance, and my demo broke. At least, it broke for me. I kept going and talked over things, but I hate that. It would have been impressive if it had worked.

Debugging

In a live session,… Read more

0 comments, 303 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 June 2018

It’s Azure T-SQL Tuesday #103

I’m slightly surprised that there haven’t been more invitations about Azure, with the main development branch of SQL Server being in the Azure cloud, but I’m glad this one came along.

The invitation is from Björn Peters, and he asks us to write about Azure SQL Database or Managed… Read more

2 comments, 173 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 June 2018

Two Types of Performance Counters

I had an issue where an instance of SQL Server was only showing the XTP (In Memory) performance counters. None of the other SQL Server counters were available, so I followed the procedure I’d written about previously. Once that was completed, I restarted SQL Server and looked.

No counters,… Read more

0 comments, 410 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 June 2018

Project Euler

I like having problems to practice solving in computer science. It can be a fun hobby, and it exercises your mind. I have enjoyed the Advent of Code, though some of those are complex and hard to focus on in my busy life.

My middle son asked about Project Euler Read more

0 comments, 573 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2018

No @@ServerName on Linux

I setup a new instance of SQL Server on Linux some time ago. At the time, the Linux machine didn’t have any Samba running, and no real “name” on the network. As a result, after installing SQL Server I got a NULL when running SELECT @@SERVERNAME.

The fix is easy.… Read more

1 comments, 739 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 June 2018

The June 2018 SQL in the City is coming

We’ve got the schedule up and you can register today. Once again I’m heading to the UK, along with Grant, to broadcast a series of sessions that we hope will help you learn a bit more about building better database software and protecting data.  Kathi’s recording her session as… Read more

0 comments, 577 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 June 2018

Prepping for Mastering Index Tuning with Brent Ozar Unlimited

I got the chance to sign up for a few courses from the Brent Ozar Unlimited team and took it. I struggle to find time for training, between work commitments, travel, and family time, it’s hard to fit in a day or two. I’ve almost given up on going to… Read more

4 comments, 2,021 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 June 2018

A Broken Linux VM

I have no idea if this is the best thing, but I went to boot up a Linux VM today and got this:

My Linux skills are rusty, but this looks like a disk error. I rebooted and found this:

A search on Stack showed this page: https://askubuntu.com/questions/697190/fsck-error-on-boot-dev-sda6-unexpected-inconsistency-run-fsck-manually

I ran… Read more

0 comments, 164 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2018

Getting SQL Agent going for SQL Server on Linux–#SQLNewBlogger

It’s actually a simple procedure, but I thought I’d write a short note to help me remember. The procedure is documented in Books Online.

When I first started playing with this version, I noticed that SQL Agent was disabled. That’s not great, since SQL Agent is a great tool for… Read more

1 comments, 220 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 May 2018

Cleaning up Azure Client IPs

I travel around, and as a result, I may find myself accessing my Azure databases from different locations. Since it’s a quick click and login to add my IP from SSMS, I’ll end up with multiple ones. I don’t want to leave systems open for a long time, and certainly… Read more

0 comments, 190 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 May 2018

Hands off dbatools updates

I really like the dbatools project. This is a series of PowerShell cmdlets that are built by the community and incredibly useful for migrations between SQL Servers, but also for various administrative actions. I have a short series on these items.

One of the downsides of an active project… Read more

1 comments, 2,096 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 May 2018

One Week to Music City Tech

Next week is Music City Tech, a three day conference consisting of Coding, Agile, and Data tracks, takes place in Nashville on May 31-June 2. There are a lot of great sessions on the schedule, covering a lot of software development topics.

I’ll be delivering two talks, one… Read more

0 comments, 578 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 May 2018

Jobs in PoSh to Create a Load

I saw this from Argenis Fernandez, and thought it was wonderful.

1..128 | % { start-job -name ‘job name’ -scriptblock { & sqlcmd -S instanceName -U sa -P ‘iLovePoSh’ -i /home/username/test.sql } }

Create 128 threads, each running a background job in PowerShell to connect to an instance and… Read more

0 comments, 673 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 May 2018

Update Oddness for SQL Server

I’ve been meaning to patch some of my development instances. With a little spare time while doing other work, I started the process the other day. My first step was to patch SQL Server 2016 with SP2.

This went as many patches have gone for me, which is fairly boring… Read more

2 comments, 172 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 May 2018

Music City Data

I’ve never spoken in Tennessee. I’ve wanted to visit, but the I’ve only managed to drive through a part of the state or transfer in the airport. That changes at the end of this month.

Music City Tech, a three day conference consisting of Coding, Agile, and Data tracks,… Read more

0 comments, 222 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 May 2018

Reaching the Refactoring Redoubt with #SQLPrompt

I enjoy themes, and when I ran across the SQL Prompt Treasure Island, I had to take a few minutes and go through it. I wrote about Code Snippet Cove first, and this post finishes my movement around the map. The other items I’ve read about are:

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0 comments, 171 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 May 2018

Finding Tabs in SSMS–#SQLNewBlogger

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

Someone posted this as a question and I thought it was worth noting. I use SQL Prompt for formatting, and never worry if there are tabs in code,… Read more

0 comments, 211 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 May 2018

First Wave of Sessions for PASSSummit Now Available

The first wave of sessions for the #PASSSummit have been released. You can see the list at: http://www.pass.org/summit/2018/Learn/ConferenceSessions.aspx

I am honored to have a session on the list. This year, I’ll be doing a session called Minimizing the Impact of Data Breaches in Dev and Test Databases. This is… Read more

0 comments, 793 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 May 2018

Relaxing on the Tab Management Terraces with #SQLPrompt

I enjoy themes, and when I ran across the SQL Prompt Treasure Island, I had to take a few minutes and go through it. I’ve written about a few of the other items on the map:

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0 comments, 1,107 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 May 2018

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