Upcoming Presentations

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming presentations I’ll be doing. This week I’ll be presenting remotely for the Washington DC PASS User Group, PASSDC (event link). I’ll be presenting “Do More With Less: Consolidate and Virtualize“. Since all the stuff with Prism came up recently, and I’m presenting for […]

Internet Security Advice For The Family

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For today’s post I’m channeling my inner Brian Kelley (Blog | Twitter) and talking about security, in particular Internet security. The post today is actually an email exchange between myself and my younger sister. She asked me for some general advice and I wrote a long response and figured I’d share it with you readers […]

Business Objects on Linux and SQL Server

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This is just a quick post to share a lesson learned while I was on an engagement where the client’s reporting environment was using SAP Business Objects (BO)running on Linux for reporting. We were doing a test to move the underlying data warehouse from another database platform to SQL Server 2008 R2. As we changed connections over, […]

Speaking at PASS Summit 2013!

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I’m happy to officially announce that I’ll be presenting at this year’s PASS Summit in Charlotte, NC! I’ll be presenting my talk “What is a BI DBA?” as a Spotlight Session (90 minutes). This is the second time I’ll have presented at the Summit and I’m honored and beyond excited to have a Spotlight Session […]

Magnify SQL Text with SSMS 2012

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This is just a quick tip to help with folks who present SQL code at events such as SQL Saturday. While most presenters use tools like ZoomIt (which if you present, please please learn to use this wonderful, free tool) sometimes it can get nauseating for attendees to watch you constantly zooming in and out, […]

SQLSaturday #209 – Rochester

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Just a quick note that I’ll be presenting this weekend, Saturday May 11th, at SQLSaturday in Rochester, NY. Exciting to return to Central New York as I graduated right down the road at Syracuse University. Go Orange!​If you’re in the area come on down, should be a great day of training. Check out the day’s […]

Necromancing the Chicken

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First off, I’m sorry this space has been dead for so long. I’m sure I’ve dropped off many an RSS reader (as well as SQLRockstar’s Rankings) due to inactivity. Well, it’s high time I get back on the blogging wagon! So what’s happened since the last post (YIKES!) in September? Read on after the break […]

24 Hours of PASS Fall 2012

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Do you like training? Do you like FREE training? Then make sure you check out the 24 Hours of PASS event that starts today at 12:00 GMT. If you miss the events of the day, no worries, the recordings will be up within a few weeks. Check out the great schedule of events: Thursday, September […]

How To Prevent SELECT * The Evil Way

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SELECT * FROM…when administrators see that from developer code, we generally tend to cringe. Why? In a nutshell, it’s terrible on a few fronts. First, typically that SELECT * FROM that gets written (a lot of the times) lacks a WHERE clause. What’s the problem? Well, that pulls back every single row from the table. […]

Identify and Alert for Long-Running Agent Jobs

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Being a DBA is like being a train conductor. One of the biggest responsibilities is making sure all jobs are running as expected, or making sure “all the trains are running on time” so to speak. As my partner-in-crime Devin Knight (Blog | Twitter) posted earlier, we have come up with a solution to identify […]