I’m Andrew Pruski and I am a SQL Server DBA with 5 years experience in database development and administration.
The online SQL Server community has helped me out immensely throughout my career, whether from providing reference material in blog posts, or answering my (sometimes obscure) questions on forums. So, to try and say thank you, I would like to contribute my own experiences in the hope that they could benefit someone out there.
So here’s my general ramblings and thoughts about working as a SQL Server DBA.
You can find me on twitter @DBAFromTheCold
If you have any feedback on my blog please send me an email to email@example.com.
As this is being posted I’m on my way up to Dublin Airport to catch my flight to Iceland ready for SQL Saturday Iceland tomorrow! Been looking forward to this for a while now, my first opportunity to give a full session on a subject that I’ve become quite involved… Read more
I’ve written a few articles on containers so I thought it’d be a good idea to have a page that listed them for easy reference. So here’s all the posts: –
Less than a week to go until SQLSaturday Iceland now, it’s going to be a busy couple of months for me but am looking forward to it. I’ll get my slides and demos uploaded here at some point.
I’ve been debating whether or not to do demos live when I’m… Read more
Just over a week to go until SQL Saturday Iceland! Really looking forward to presenting my session and then I have four days to explore!
Building the Terminator Vision HUD in HoloLens
Because why not?
I’ve already covered how to push images to the Docker hub here but what if we only want to share a custom image in-house?
What I’ve done is created a custom… Read more
Last week Docker announced the availablity of Docker Enterprise Edition. The existing version of Docker that I’ve been using has now been renamed to the Docker Community Edition.
So what does this mean for us Windows people hacking around with Docker on our local Windows 10 boxes? Very little… Read more
Fun week, lot’s of things going on and throughout I’ve been reading…
Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance
Microsoft announce Premium Assurance, an additional six years of support
SQL VNext sp_configure on Windows and Linux with dbatools
Rob explores the SpConfigure commands in dbatools in SQL instances… Read more
I’ve been working with containers for a while now and one of the questions that always gets asked when I demo the technology to people is, is there a graphical user interface out there that can be used to manage containers?
Now, I’m happy with working on the command line… Read more
Ergh, not a fun weekend rugby wise. But anyway…
Last week Microsoft released an image for SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in containers. Previously the only edition available was vNext Enterprise Evaluation which was a real problem in making containers a viable option for many businesses.
There’s no… Read more
Wow that week absolutely flew by! Here’s what I’ve been reading…
Seatbelt learning with Uncle Buck
Buck Woody goes through how he learns on the move (great article)
Continuing on my series in working with Docker on Windows, I noticed that I always open up a remote powershell window when working with Docker on servers. Nothing wrong with this, if you want to know how to do that you can follow my instructions here.
However what if… Read more
No rugby on last weekend so I didn’t have anything to distract me from working. On another note, my flat has never been cleaner!
So last week Microsoft announced Availability Groups for SQL Server on Linux.
This is a big announcement as one of the first things I noticed… Read more
Is it me or is February dragging? Anyway, mixed in with this crazy week I’ve been reading: –
SQL Server vs SQL Server vNext
Henrico Bekker runs through a performance comparison of SQL Server against SQL Server on Linux
I’ve been going over some demos for a presentation that I’ll be giving this year and I thought I’d write this quick post about something that keeps catching me out…
…but first, a bit of shameless self promotion. I’ll be giving my session on an Introduction to SQL Server &… Read more
Man, if there was an award for procrastinating I’d definitely be in with a shout for today (I write these posts on the weekend).
So I’m half writing this sitting on my balcony with a beer, one eye on the Italy v Ireland Six Nations game and trying not to… Read more
Fun week, performed some RAM upgrades for my production SQL boxes which for one server, somehow fried its motherboard, hard drive AND backup drive, huh?? Meh, I like rebuilding servers…Also got a whole load of writing done so quite pleased with myself!
In-between all that, I’ve been reading…
I’ve been playing around with SQL containers on Windows Sever 2016 a lot recently and well, building empty SQL containers is all fine and dandy but it’s kinda missing the point. What containerization allows you to do is build custom images that are designed for your environment, say with a… Read more
A lot’s been said about last week’s Gitlab outage so I’m not going to go over the details here but I do want to talk about one point that was when I was watching the guys fix the issue live on youtube.
A lot of the people making comments kept… Read more
2017 is trundling along now, this week I’ve been reading…
The GitLab incident report
We’ve all had that moment of “what did I just do??” Here’s how the guys at Gitlab responded to such a moment.
I recently talked with the guys over at SQL Data Partners on their podcast about SQL Server and containers. It was real good fun and I enjoyed chatting with Carlos Chacon (b|t) and Steve Stedman (b|t)about container technology and my experiences with… Read more