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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

Solving Ken’s FizzBuzz 3D–#SQLNewBlogger

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

I like the FizzBuzz test. It’s cute and fun, and I’ve had my kids solve it, just to think about what it means to structure a simple problem.… Read more

2 comments, 1,750 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 July 2018

Back to #SQLSat Louisville

Next week is SQL Saturday #729 – Lousiville and I’m making the trip. This will be my third or fourth trip there, and I’m looking forward to the trip. It’s a nice town, I can visit some family, and lots of #sqlfamily friends will be there.

This is the 10th… Read more

0 comments, 318 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 July 2018

Finding Inconsistent Key Values–#SQLNewBlogger

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

I was reading Iris Classon’s blog recently and ran across a post on her day at work. I think it’s a fantastic post that does help younger… Read more

0 comments, 1,743 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 July 2018

Code I Can’t Live Without–T-SQL Tuesday #104

Bert Wagner has a good invitation this month, a T-SQL Tuesday question about code, specifically code you can’t live without. I’ve got my thoughts below.

This is a monthly blog party, and you can participate. Write a post on this topic, and publish it on your blog. Drop a comment… Read more

0 comments, 3,516 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 July 2018

Another MVP Award and a Few Thoughts

I got the news of my MVP award last week. I’m honored that Microsoft feels I do quite a bit for the community. This was my 10th or 11th, though I’m not sure since they changed around the award periods. In any case, it’s been a long time.

As I… Read more

0 comments, 259 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 July 2018

Setting Up Pi-Hole.Net

I saw a tweet a short time ago from Drew Furgiuele about pi-hole.net. He noted this was a near use of a Raspberry Pi, and I wanted to give it a try. I got one awhile ago, and used it for a few things. We started with a media streaming… Read more

4 comments, 322 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 July 2018

Testing BackBlaze Restores

The most important thing for a data guy is having a way to restore data. If security, performance, etc. are broken, those can be fixed is we have the data. If we don’t have data, does security matter? It’s important, but secondary.

When Crashplan stopped providing a multi computer setup,… Read more

8 comments, 2,164 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 July 2018

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

1 comments, 863 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, 767 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, 850 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, 842 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, 2,677 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, 655 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, 2,487 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, 894 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, 1,025 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, 2,033 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, 251 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, 2,587 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, 998 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2018

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