Steve Rezhener

Hey there, I’m Steve Rezhener, a database professional most enthusiastic about SQL Server, Microsoft BI stack, SSIS, SSRS, SSAS, AWS/Azure, and now PowerBI.
I’m an active speaker, blogger, technical book reviewer living in the Greater Los Angeles SQL Server community area. I’m one of the lead organizers for SQL Saturday Los Angeles, and a co-leader of the LA Data Platform (formerly SQL Malibu). I am also the co-founder and president of the Data Driven Technologies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) registered not-profit dedicated to providing free training opportunities on the Microsoft Data Platform in the the Greater Los Angeles area.
I started my IT career back in 1999 trying to outsmart Excel using Visual Basic for Application (a.k.a. VBA). I co-developed my first Windows-based client-server application (using Visual Basic 6.0 and Microsoft Access) to help my employer (a vendor of wireless equipment) to better manage RMA/RTV process for it’s products. Few years after that, I co-developed a CRM application using the same familiar to me VB 6.0 and Microsoft Access 2000 tools. The year was 2004 and decided to upgrade my skills to VB.NET, C# and SQL Server. Suddenly I found myself getting addicted to SQL Server 2005 and data related tools. My lunch menu for 10+ years consisted of SSIS & SSRS with some occasional SSAS for breakfast. I’m super excited about the innovation baked into AWS, Microsoft Azure, Power BI, and SQL Server 2017/2019. I’m a holder of relics such as MCP, MCITP SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008.
Community (a.k.a. #sqlfamily)
I provide public service via leadership in LA Data Platform User Group (formerly SQL Malibu), Data Driven Technologies non-profit, and SQL Saturday in Los Angeles (SQL Saturday in Los Angeles 2017/2018/2019/2020).

Verify your SQL Server database backups

Introduction A popular joke about DBAs and database backups goes like this. There are two types of DBAs: DBAs that do backups DBAs that will do backups The joke is only stating the obvious – lack of database backups might be the end of a DBA career and/or the supported business. Unfortunately, that joke fails […]

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SSISDB Catalog Defaults Best Practices

Introduction The SSISDB database (a.k.a. the SSISDB catalog) was introduced back in SQL Server 2012 to de-clutter the MSDB database and provide an in-house logging and reporting infrastructure. In a nutshell, SSISDB is an SSIS framework making SQL Server Integration Services more robust and enterprise-friendly by providing the following features: Database backup Database encryption Support […]

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