Universal truths

There are certain universal truths that we all have to face.  And even though movies, TV, and magazines would have us think otherwise, these things just cannot be changed.  The coolest toys on TV are always crap when you get them. ...

02/18/2011

GoDaddy isn't as pretty as you thought

As much as I really want to do database blogs, I end up writing about bad support organizations quite often.  So I thought that today I'd go with a recent support experience that will go down in history as one of the worst I've ever...

02/02/2011

Are mentors dead?

No more mentorsI've blogged about this many times in the past only now I've got some new material.  The need for mentors in the IT industry is at an all-time high and not having them is causing a lot of the grief we see in our jobs....

01/25/2011

Are you using Powershell to its fullest?

I'm the lead DBA in a large IT shop and I manage hundreds of servers every day.  And one of the main tenets I've propagated throughout my group is that we should be using powershell for as much as possible.  There's just so much that...

01/10/2011

High-speed IT learning

One of the things I love most about being in IT is that we always have the opportunity to learn something new.  Ok, perhaps "opportunity" isn't the right word.  What I probably meant to say is voluntold.  You know the word voluntold...

12/23/2010

The new MCM exam

MCM blogI wanna talk about the new SQL Server MCM (Microsoft Certified Master).  And with so little info out there on this exam it was really hard to know what to study.  However, I will say that this is the type of exam that's...

12/17/2010

Don't waste this time

As I sit here the week after Thanksgiving I just remembered that we're a month away from the end of the year.  And in most companies projects are winding down or being postponed until the beginning of the year.  Let's face it, people...

12/03/2010

Why bother with change control?

Change controls are a pain and everybody knows it.  And it's not really the process that bothers me so much as the uselessness of it all.  If a CC ever actually did what it was supposed to it would be well worth the effort because...

11/18/2010

Don't let vendors take advantage of you

It's amazing to me how things come about sometimes in a large company and how strong you have to be as a DBA to keep things going the way they should.  I'm going to tell you the story of a vendor that happened just yesterday.  Now...

10/27/2010

How do you manage your tapes?

One of the big problems in any data initiative is having enough tape to store your backups offsite.  Now, it seems a little dated doesn't it?  I mean, pushing backups to tape in late 2010?  And unfortunately even though tapes are...

10/26/2010

Can you get your shop under control?

If you're like me you've got a set of scripts that you take from job to job.  I've got scripts for everything from setting up backups to troubleshooting blocks.  And of course the dream is always that when you go into a new shop...

10/11/2010

Troubleshooting database problems

I had an interesting talk with a dev today about how to troubleshoot SQL issues. The issue was this: we had a case where all of a sudden the DB just slowed down to a crawl. Everything typically moves along just fine, but yesterday...

10/06/2010

10 things I hate about SQL Server 2008

I feel compelled to write a counter to last week's blog on the 10 things I love about SQL Server.  I think anyone with any decent amount of experience in a product will gather peeves or wishlists.  So this is both my peeve list and...

09/28/2010

What's so great about SQL Azure?

Sick to death of AzureI don't know about you guys, but I'm getting to sick of hearing about SQL Azure.  Microsoft is trying to make it sound like everyone is going to give up their DBAs and start managing all of their data in the...

09/27/2010

10 things I love about SQL Server 2008

Being a SQL Server MVP you might say that I have a pretty good idea of what the product can do.  And if you ask all the experts you'll get some overlap, but their lists will be completely different.  And even my list changes from day...

09/24/2010

Windows AD groups may not be your answer

Managing SQL logins in AD groups is the answer MS has been pushing for a long time now but I'm really not a huge fan overall. I get all the arguments, right? It's easier to manage users cause you don't have to add someone to all...

09/13/2010

Benchmarks aren’t the only test

One thing that's no joke in IT is testing applications.  It's something that gets overlooked so often and when it is done, it's not done right.  And even discovering where your danger spots are can be difficult. Now, normally when I...

09/03/2010

Why do DBAs prefer VB over C#?

This morning I was having a talk with our lead web dev about the merits of C# over VB.  And yeah, I know it sounds like one of those tired old conversations that never goes anywhere, but this actually wasn't.  He's actually quite a...

08/23/2010

An easy way to check SQL Server backups

For the past several weeks I've been doing nothing but complaining about vendors so I thought I'd take a break and write something about SQL Server for a change.  So to that end today I'm gonna talk about a couple different ways to...

08/20/2010

Have you had a vendor troubleshooting nightmare?

Ok, so I'm clearly still on my vendor kick.  Last night I was lucky enough to sit on a troubleshooting call with one of our app teams and their vendor.  They were having issues with DB performance.  Typically when I get on these...

08/12/2010

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