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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

Updating VSTS to SQL Change Automation

We (Redgate) released SQL Change Automation a few weeks back. This is the first stage to implementing a combined toolset that works with both state/comparison development and migrations based development. The change updated both our migrations toolset (previously ReadyRoll) and our build/release cmdlets (DLM Automation) to SQL Change Automation (SCA). Read more

0 comments, 828 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 July 2018

Building Better Test Data on the Redgate Hub

I have a new piece published over at the Redgate Hub: Building Better Test Data with SQL Provision. Part of my job is helping people learn to use our products better, and provide not only solutions to issues, but also ideas that might help them think about new ways… Read more

0 comments, 749 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 July 2018

Mastering Index Tuning–Day 3

This is a short series of posts on the courses I took with Brent Ozar. I actually completed the courses in the past, but I wrote notes and wanted to revisit the way things went.

This post looks at the Mastering Index Tuning class. Other  posts are:

Read more

6 comments, 771 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 July 2018

Mastering Index Tuning–Day 2

This is a short series of posts on the courses I took with Brent Ozar. I actually completed the courses in the past, but I wrote notes and wanted to revisit the way things went.

This post looks at the Mastering Index Tuning class. Other  posts are:

Read more

3 comments, 805 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 July 2018

Cloud Backup Comparison

I used to use Crashplan. This was about $150 a year, but I could to 5 machines. I used to do 5. I had

  • My desktop
  • My wife’s laptop
  • My daughter’s laptop
  • My laptop
  • My son’s laptop

This changed as my boy decided he didn’t like his data with ours.… Read more

9 comments, 2,582 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 June 2018

Learning Goals –June 2018 Update

The June update for T-SQL Tuesday #97. I made a plan and it’s hard to stick to.

tl;dr – Very little done.

I traveled the first three weeks of June here and there. Two short trips from 1-2 and 8-10, then a long trip from 16-22 and holiday from… Read more

0 comments, 594 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 June 2018

Mastering Index Tuning–Day 1

This is a short series of posts on the courses I took with Brent Ozar. I actually completed the courses in the past, but I wrote notes and wanted to revisit the way things went. I started with the Mastering Index Tuning class.

I took the class a few… Read more

2 comments, 2,377 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 June 2018

Updating to SQL Change Automation

The SQL Change Automation release was early this week.  This is replacing ReadyRoll and our DLM Automation products, rolling them into a single product and is the first stage of unifying our state and migration based solutions.

When I logged into Visual Studio and checked updates this week, I found… Read more

0 comments, 799 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 June 2018

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

4 comments, 993 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

1 comments, 1,950 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, 225 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, 2,538 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, 973 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, 836 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, 1,007 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

6 comments, 2,484 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, 192 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, 269 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, 223 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, 2,201 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 May 2018

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