Monthly Archives: April 2018

Cloud Snake Oil

I’m sure that those of you reading this have a variety of opinions about the “cloud”. Actually, I’d guess that many of us have different definitions of what the cloud actually means. That’s fine, since it’s really an amorphous, marketing … Continue reading

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Watching the Sands of Suggestion in #SQLPrompt

I enjoy themes, and when I ran across the SQL Prompt Treasure Island, I had to take a few minutes and go through it. I wrote about Code Snippet Code recently, and this post continues to move across the map. … Continue reading

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New IT Departments

I had a friend that used to run an Exchange system. Actually, he was part of a team of four that managed a 50,000+ mailbox system for a very large company. In 2000 or 2001, he told me that his … Continue reading

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Checking Tempdb 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 … Continue reading

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Keep It All

I love this quote, though I’m not sure it’s accurate. From The Future of Data Storage, the piece states: “What’s the most expensive thing you can do with a piece of data? Throw it out.” That’s from a storage vendor, and … Continue reading

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The Prompt Actions Menu

A quick post on SQL Prompt here. Someone is asking about the Prompt Actions menu. This is the menu that appears when you highlight code. I’ve got a quick animation of this working. In the gif, I highlight code, click … Continue reading

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The Right Connection

Travis-CI had some staffers connect to the wrong database and truncate production tables. Needless to say this caused an outage and disrupted their business. Hopefully they didn’t lose too many customers, but they certainly did not help their reputation. I’m sure there are … Continue reading

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Python Jupyter Notebooks in Azure

There’s a new feature in Azure, and I stumbled on it when someone posted a link on Twitter. Apologies, I can’t remember who, but I did click on the Azure Notebooks link and was intrigued. I’ve gotten Jupyter notebooks running … Continue reading

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Good Security Needs Layers

How many of you have wanted to know who started or stopped a SQL instance? Probably a few of you, as disruption to the service can affect customers. Most of us are concerned with the changes made inside SQL Server … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to PASS and John Q Martin

Dear Mr. Martin and the PASS Organization, In the spirit of advocating for change in a public way, I’m writing this letter to ask you to revisit your policies and processes and embrace the transparency that we, members of the … Continue reading

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