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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc ( MCITP 2005/2008 & MCDBA 2000) is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Turner Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 21 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code was an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.

My Favorite FREE Reports in SSMS

Microsoft has given us DBAs/Developers/etc. a wealth of free reports integrated into SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) in order to see what is happening in our environment. These reports are really nice because you do not need to know the DMV/DMF in order to get the results.

The first report… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 7 April 2015

PASS Excel BI VC presents Devin Knight on Getting Started on PowerQuery

Come join us Thursday April 2nd for an Excel BI virtual chapter session at noon central with Pragmatic Work’s Devin Knight who will help us get started with PowerQuery.

Thu, Apr 02 2015 12:00 Central Daylight Time


Getting Started with Power Query by Devin Knight

RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1373099073018225154

GETTING STARTED WITH…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 29 March 2015

Simple-Talk Article

In December, I was asked to write an article(s) on Database Refactoring. It started as 2 topics, but then consolidated into one. I really wanted to talk about the database design issues I see with a development department. Please give some time to reading the article and comment. First, I… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 3 March 2015

SQLSaturday #362 – Austin, TX – Let’s Get Weird

I used to spend the 4th of July weekend (or week) in Austin with some buddy’s when we were in our 20s. There was so much to do and enjoy while there it is exciting to go back to this great city. Not only that, but there are some really… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 20 January 2015

PASS – Connect, Share and Learn

The Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) has a slogan for what they do – CONNECT, SHARE and LEARN. So, what does this mean to me and the SQL Server professionals I have meet in this community (#SQLFamily)?

 

First, I connected. Where did that start? SQLServerCentral.Com (SSC). I started… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 December 2014

PASS Summit: Blogger Q&A with Board of Directors Executive Committee

On Thursday, I was invited as a blogger to attend an intimate conversation (Q&A) with the PASS Board of Directors: Adam Jorgensen (EVP – Executive Vice President), Denise McInerney (VP Marketing) and Thomas LaRock (President). I started to try to understand why I was asked, but gave up due to… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 7 November 2014

PASS Summit 2014

Well, it is that time of year again. The Professional Associations for SQL Server (PASS) annual summit. This year we go back to Seattle where Microsoft mostly lives and hope we can get lots of their employees to visit and talk shop.

One of my main goals is to Network… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 29 October 2014

Can’t Create A Timeline in Excel on Multidimensional Cube

Excel 2013 - We can’t create a Timeline for this report because it doesn’t have a field formatted as Date.

After getting excited about the Timeline object in Excel 2013, I tried to add this cool feature of Excel 2013 and got an error – “We can’t create a Timeline… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 15 October 2014

PASS got it right

This morning I received an email (really 3 emails) about an extension for voting for the Board of Directors giving anyone registered with PASS before June of 2014. I think this is fair and gives those that have been active, but did not update their profile a chance to… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 27 September 2014

PASS Summit 2014 Announcements

In case you do not receive the PASS connector, here are some announcements for this year’s summit on Nov 3rd – 7th.

Day 2 Keynote -  Dr. Rimma Nehme from Jim Gray’s System Lab

Apparently, Dr. Mehme is a Polybase and query optimization expert from Microsoft and she will be… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 3 September 2014

Upcoming PASS Virtual Chapter Webcast (FREE!!!)

As always, there are many free ways to learn more about SQL Server and the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) free membership to Virtual Chapters is one of those ways.

Here is what I would suggest watching:

 

Next Meeting: Tue, Aug 12 2014

Bridging the Communication Gap Between…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 August 2014

PASS Data Arch VC presents SQL Server MVP Grant Fritchey - How to Build a Database Deployment Pipeline

Please come join the Data Architecture VC this Wednesday to get info from MVP Grant about Database Deployment something all DBAs should be doing to work with developers.

Grant Fritchey – Microsoft MVP

July 23, 2014 Noon CST

How to Build a Database Deployment Pipeline.

The pace of business accelerates…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 21 July 2014

Upcoming Free PASS VC Webcasts

Here is a list of upcoming webcast presented by various PASS Virtual Chapters that are always free. Some are recorded to view later.

 

Database Administration VC

Date: July 9

Noon Mountainhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=PASS+DBA+Virtual+Chapter&iso=20140709T12&p1=75

Topic: How to be a great DBA– sponsored by Dell Software

Registration: You must register…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 July 2014

5 Things to Know About Indexes for SQL Server

One of the first questions I got while interviewing for a potential position as a DBA was “If there is performance problem, where is the first place you would look?”

Now at this time, I was trying to move from Software Developer to DBA, and I answered that I would… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 19 June 2014

SQLSaturday #308 Houston, TX Saturday May 10th

This will be the second SQLSaturday in Houston I have spoken at and I am excited about talking Execution Plans and Multidimensional Analysis Services. These are 2 topics I deal with on a daily basis, so it is great I get to help others understand these technologies.

I also get… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 7 May 2014

SQLSaturday #305 Business Analytics Edition Dallas–RECAP

So, I am flying home thinking about the event Saturday and many things are running through my head. No, not work on Monday. First, I would like to say that Hadoop is not going to replace SQL Server nor Business Intelligence. Second, a new thing is coming but it is… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 5 May 2014

SQLSaturday #305 Dallas Business Analytics Edition

I am excited about being selected to speak and attend the May 3rd SQLSaturday BA Edition in Dallas, TX. There are a number of sessions I want to attend including Eric Mezell’s An Introduction to Hadoop, Andy Egger’s Applied Predictive Analytics, David Browne on Enterprise Business Intelligence (for lunch) and… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 23 April 2014

Call for Speakers – SQLSaturday #324 Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is now on its 6th SQLSaturday and the event grows year after year. It all started with Patrick LeBlanc back in 2009 with #17 http://sqlsaturday.com/17/eventhome.aspx and with help from local User Groups (William AssafSparkhound), it has expanded its topics and attendees. This event is… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 April 2014

5 Tools Every DBA Should Know About

After monitoring enterprise SQL Server instances for over 10 years now, there are 5 tools that are used every day for spot check views of a system. The order here is not a countdown from 5 to 1. They are presented here in no particular order, because each has its…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 25 March 2014

5 Things a developer should know about databases

 

Database Normalization

Theoretical versus real-world

There is not a strong need for developers to know the theoretical definition of 1st thru 5th normal form, but there needs to be an understanding of some design practices. The keys are:

  1. No Duplicate data in columns in one table
  2. Relationships built as…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 9 March 2014

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