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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

tSQLt tests for Day 5 Advent of Code 2017

This is day 5 of the Advent of Code 2017. If you want to read about the puzzles, start with Day 1.

As I worked through the puzzles, I decided that I should be testing using their test sets and solving the issues that way. This lets me use… Read more

0 comments, 698 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 January 2018

SQL in the City is coming Feb 28

The next edition of the SQL in the City broadcast is coming Feb 28, and I’m planning travel now to head back to the UK for the event. The schedule is up on the Redgate Hub Livestream page.

This edition has lots more GDPR/security/masking content as well as updates… Read more

0 comments, 1,160 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 January 2018

tSQLt Tests for Advent of Code 2017 Day 4

This is day 4 of the Advent of Code 2017. If you want to read about the puzzles, start with Day 1. As I worked through the puzzles, I decided that I should be testing using their test sets and solving the issues that way. This lets me use… Read more

0 comments, 329 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 January 2018

Finding the Default Path with dbatools

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.

It’s been awhile since I worked on any… Read more

0 comments, 338 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 January 2018

Advent of Code 2017 Day 4–#SQLNewBlogger

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

This is day 4 of the Advent of Code 2017. If you want to read about the puzzles, start with Day 1.

This is Day 4, which… Read more

0 comments, 519 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2018

SSMS Line Numbers

I typically don’t turn on line numbers if SSMS, but while working with someone on a bit of code, they were referencing line numbers in a large script. By default SSMS shows you the line, column, and character at the bottom (as well as insert/overwrite status) in the status bar.… Read more

1 comments, 342 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 January 2018

Finding the Titles in R

PASS has released the videos to members from this past Summit. I say TJay Belt today ask about relating a video name to a session. I have the USB drive, so I looked on there. Here are the videos:

Not terribly helpful. If you run the HTML file from the… Read more

2 comments, 379 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 January 2018

Reading GDPR

In case you’re interested, the GDPR law is actually not bad to read. You might be affected by this, so go through the regulations. I’m doing that this week.

You can also see a nice article from David Poole at SQLServerCentral.

I do think GDPR will affect many of us,… Read more

0 comments, 344 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 January 2018

tsqlt Tests for Advent of Code 2017 Day 2

This is day 2 of the Advent of Code 2017. If you want to read about the puzzles, start with Day 1. As I worked through the puzzles, I decided that I should be testing using their test sets and solving the issues that way. This lets me use… Read more

0 comments, 766 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 January 2018

Advent of Code 2017 Day 2–#SQLNewBlogger

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

This is day 2 of the Advent of Code 2017. If you want to read about the puzzles, start with Day 1. Here is a look at… Read more

0 comments, 972 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 January 2018

Fixing logins

I ran into an issue recently where I couldn’t get a Windows login to work with some application software. This software had been configured with a user account, which appeared to be in SQL Server, but it couldn’t connect.

It turned out that the local name of the workstation had… Read more

0 comments, 314 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 January 2018

T-SQL Tuesday #098–Technical Challenges

It’s the first T-SQL Tuesday of 2018, being brought to you by Arun Sirpal. His invitation this month asks for you to talk about some technical challenge that you conquered in your career. Some type of issue that you had to troubleshoot and discover what the issue was, as well… Read more

1 comments, 1,153 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 January 2018

Speaking in 2017

I’m done. No more trips (and no more time) to hit any events this year. As I wrote recently, I’m doing less in 2018, so this review might be quite short next year.

In any case, I thought I’d look back at how speaking went in 2017. I have a… Read more

0 comments, 355 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 December 2017

Restoring a Copy Only Backup–#SQLNewBlogger

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

There was a question posted recently at SQLServerCentral about whether a copy only backup could be restore with a transaction log backup from a database. I was positive… Read more

0 comments, 547 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 December 2017

AutoMap in SQL Compare

SQL Compare is a core product from Redgate and I’ve got a series on some of the interesting things I’ve found. Download a trial today if you haven’t tried it.

SQL Compare does a great job of trying to help you map columns in your database. For example, I was… Read more

0 comments, 918 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 December 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #098–2018 Goals

A great topic for T-SQL Tuesday this time from @sqlmal. It’s Setting Learning Goals for 2018, and it’s a topic I both loathe and love. I hate making commitments that I can’t keep, and I constantly find that a chaotic life will get in the way of learning over… Read more

5 comments, 348 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 December 2017

Renaming a Column–#SQLNewBlogger

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

One of the things I rarely do is rename objects. There are good reasons to do so, but often the changes required in other objects and applications isn’t… Read more

0 comments, 1,894 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 December 2017

SSMS Updates in 17.4

SSMS 17.4 is out, and if you haven’t upgraded from SQL 204, 2012, 2008, etc., you should do so. You can run your bundled SSMS side by side with the new versions, but it seems that the 17x versions are improving andbecoming more stable.

You can download the new version Read more

0 comments, 1,014 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2017

Interviewed

I got sent an interview by Mohammad Darab, a fellow SQL Server professional in Northern Virginia. I thought the questions were interesting, and spent a bit of time on them. You can read the interview here: https://mohammaddarab.com/interview-steve-jones/

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2 comments, 1,088 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2017

Live on Channel 9 with ReadyRoll

I was interviewed in Redmond a couple months ago and the video was just published. I show and demo some database migration work with ReadyRoll in this video:

https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Visual-Studio-Toolbox/Database-DevOps-with-RedGate-ReadyRoll/player


Filed under: Blog Tagged: DevOps, ReadyRoll, Redgate, syndicated

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0 comments, 1,618 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 December 2017

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