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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

Three Days to the first Nevada SQL Saturday

It’s three days to the first SQL Saturday in Nevada, taking place this Saturday in Las Vegas. I’m looking forward to going, meeting new people, and seeing lots of friends. The speaker lineup is amazing and you can see them all for FREE.

Just register and make your way… Read more

0 comments, 133 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 April 2014

Oracle, MySQL, and MongoDB Come to SQLServerCentral

We’re in for a name change. As of May 1, we’ll be welcoming the Oracle and MySQL communities to SQLServerCentral. Our daily content will grow to include articles and questions about these platforms as we look to become more inclusive to the large numbers of data professionals that work on… Read more

0 comments, 220 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 April 2014

All in Fun

My first commercial!

Steve on a Horse

This comes from our DBA Team promotion, which is ongoing this year.


Filed under: Blog Tagged: Humor, Red Gate, syndicated

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0 comments, 167 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 March 2014

Getting RUN back in Windows 8

Recently I heard a few people that note that they were really hoping the next update for Windows 8 will bring back the “Run button”, which was available in XP and Windows 7. I guess it was in Vista, but we won’t talk about that fiasco.

I asked a question… Read more

0 comments, 160 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 March 2014

SQL Scripts Manager

We have Down Tools Week multiple times per year at Red Gate. This allows various employees to spend a week on a project, working to build something new and interesting that we rarely have time to spend our limited resources on. Past projects have resulted in SQL Search, a mobile… Read more

0 comments, 1,416 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 March 2014

Encryption in Las Vegas – SQL Saturday #295

I enjoy Las Vegas, usually trying to see a show of some sort when I’m there. I’ll have the chance next week, when I’m in town for SQL Saturday #295 on Apr 5. It will be a fairly quick trip for me, but I’ll see if I can find something… Read more

0 comments, 683 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 March 2014

Virtual Lab – New Domain User

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

After the domain was up, I needed to add users. Specifically, I didn’t want to use administrator for… Read more

0 comments, 270 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 March 2014

Speaking About Unstructured Data at SQL Saturday #287 – Madison

I haven’t been to Wisconsin in a long time. Not since I was a little kid, going to visit family. However I’m heading up there next week for SQL Saturday #287 in Madison, WI. I’ll be speaking about unstructured data, basically Filestream and Filetable, giving a preview of the… Read more

0 comments, 168 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 March 2014

Virtual Lab – The Domain

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

The big thing in setting up a domain is to enable you to connect multiple machines together, experiment… Read more

0 comments, 203 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 March 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #52 – Arguments

It’s time for T-SQL Tuesday, this month hosted by Michael J Swart, our artistic DBA in the community. I love Michael’s pictures, and enjoy the time I get to chat with him at events.

His invitation this month for #52 is to argue against a popular opinion. He asking us… Read more

3 comments, 189 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 March 2014

Virtual Lab – Adapter Setup

This is part of a series where I set up a virtual lab for testing and misc. work. The other parts in the series are here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

Once I had the machine up and running, I knew I needed to get the networking setup.… Read more

6 comments, 220 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 March 2014

Powershell in a Month – Day 19 – I/O

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

Not the I/O that we think of in T-SQL, but more the I/O that’s a part of many programming languages. This… Read more

1 comments, 259 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 March 2014

Powershell in a Month Day 18–Variables

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

I’m slightly behind here after holidays and some travel. Apparently my pop-up reminder for my own studies bears about as much… Read more

1 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 February 2014

Virtual Lab – Setting up a new VM

This is part of a series where I set up a virtual lab for testing and misc. work. The other parts in the series are here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

I have my disks set up, now it’s time to create my virtual machines. I’m going to… Read more

1 comments, 224 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2014

Virtual Lab – Creating Differencing Disks

This is part of my series on building a virtual lab for use with SQL Server and Windows. You can see the entire series here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

The whole point of virtualization is better use of resources. Whether it’s CPU, storage, networking, power, etc., we… Read more

1 comments, 295 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2014

Powershell in a Month Day 17 – Security Alert

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

Security. It’s important, and I was thinking this chapter would show us more about changing security. Instead, this chapter is really…

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1 comments, 228 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 February 2014

Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V

I needed to get this one on Hyper-V, so I decided to document the process. I’ve put together a series that looks at the steps I took.

This… Read more

4 comments, 234 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 February 2014

Powershell in a Month Day 16 – Working with many objects

This is part of my Powershell Challenge, to learn more about PowerShell (PoSh) using the Learn Windows Powershell 3 in a Month of Lunches book by Don Jones.

One of the great powers of T-SQL is that we can owrk with many rows at once. We use a query…

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1 comments, 230 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 February 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #51 – Place Your Bets

It’s T-SQL Tuesday time again and Jason Brimhall is hosting this month’s event. He used to live in Las Vegas, and with that theme in mind, he calls for you to Place Your Bets.  That’s a time when someone has gambled, or risked something on an application, venture, process… Read more

1 comments, 163 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 February 2014

Virtual Lab – Design and Setup

This is part of a series where I set up a virtual lab for testing and misc work. The other parts in the series are here: Building a Virtual Lab with Hyper-V.

I haven’t had a good lab set up since I moved from VMWare to Hyper-V on my… Read more

10 comments, 346 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 February 2014

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