Monthly Archives: October 2012

Software Teams

Today’s editorial was originally published on Dec 10, 2007. It is being re-run today as Steve is at DevConnections. I definitely used to not trust developers. At least not with my database code, requiring them to send requests to me … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Job

This editorial was originally published on Nov 26, 2007. It is being republished as Steve is at DevConnections. These days it seems that the demand for IT workers is still growing, but there is no shortage of companies still looking … Continue reading

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TTYL

Today’s editorial was originally released on Nov 20, 2007. It is being republished as Steve is at DevConnections. OMG! The DB if FUBAR. The sysop added an HDD and did a RAID rebuild OTF. AFAIK, the Vol with the MDFs … Continue reading

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Question what you think

Good advice from Jeff Bezos.

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DBA Support

There was a time when I managed two production databases on SQL Server. Two. I had a development version of one database where we paused development for testing, and only two production databases to manage. Since I had to also … Continue reading

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Two Steps Ahead

  Exceptional DBAs do more than respond to events and issues in their environments. In many cases, I think they even go beyond using metrics that detect problematic activity on their systems before users notify them. I think the best DBAs … Continue reading

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Windows 8 First Impressions

I haven’t worked with Window 8 at all. I’m not a big beta tester, and it’s been a busy few months for me, so I haven’t bothered to mess with any of the previews. My Win 7 desktop works well … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Log Reader

One of the regular problems that data professionals have to deal with is the whoops disaster, or some type of data entry error. It could be the DBA running a delete without a WHERE clause, or a user updating a … Continue reading

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Walk on the Wild Side

In my career, I’ve worked in a variety of environments and positions. I’ve been a developer, and a production DBA, sometimes at the same time. Many of us aren’t working in environments where we are strictly performing one job. We … Continue reading

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Trace Flag 2371 and Statistics

One of the issues that I see published often on forums like SQLServerCentral is the advice to update statistics on your tables if you have strange performance issues, or sudden changes in performance. Statistics are important for the query optimizer, … Continue reading

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