SQL Server Blog

Conciseness

Mike’s blog has been hijacked by a duck. … okay, maybe not. Hi, I’m K. Brian Kelley and I am guest blogging on Mike’s blog. Normally I write on security topics over at SQL Server Central, but I couldn’t resist following up to this excellent blog post by Mike. Why Conciseness Matters Ever open an … Read more

T-SQL Tuesday #001 – Dates and Time

Adam Machanic, who blogs at SQLBlog.com (lots of great sql bloggers over there) started a neat tradition: T-SQL Tuesday. Read his post here to see the rules and information but it’s basically a weekly (2nd Tuesday of each month) blog topic where we can all have a post about the same topic. I like this … Read more

One Man’s Trash…

Do you live in a town with a dump? I do (well, transfer station). On any given weekend you can find people looking for treasure in the scrap metal or electronics bins. I never thought I’d say it, but over the past couple weeks of visiting the dump, I have found an amazing treasure that … Read more

How do -you- (I) use SQL Server?

I was recently tagged in an interesting blog post by A Misplaced New Englander, David Taylor. (dyfhid on twitter). The question sounds simple enough, “How do you use SQL Server where you work?” Of course the answer is not simple. I echo Grant Fritchey’s response in his blog post that it would be easier to … Read more

What’s Your Point?

As a DBA you are getting pinched between developers, project managers, budget conscious managers and server teams. When a critical issue with no one easy answer for those people pops up, what do you do? You can panic or try and point the blame someplace else or you can rise to the situation and help … Read more

How do -you- install SQL Server? (Part 3)

Welcome to part 3 in this series on a thought process around SQL Server Installation. In Part 1, we started talking about some basic steps and a thought process for a repeatable success story with your SQL Server installations. Part 2 discussed security, playing around before doing a first install and smoke testing afterwards. Today … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – a great holiday with a 4 day weekend. Time to finish up some last minute winter preparations for those who live in the area of snow and freeze (that aren’t already frozen or under snow, of course). A time to hang out with family you don’t see much and a time to eat … Read more

How do -you- install SQL Server? (Part 2)

Welcome to this series on a thought process around SQL Server Installation. In Part 1, we started talking about some basic steps and a thought process for a repeatable success story with your SQL Server installations. Today let’s continue that story and talk some more about installation planning and success. We’ll finish up talking about … Read more

How do -you- install SQL Server (Part 1)

No, this is not an installation guide There is documentation for that found in many places. First good place to look is Books Online (2005/2008) but there are plenty of other community resources found at sites like SQL Server Central and SQLServerPedia as well as blogs. What I mean by this post is to ask, … Read more

Work Now or Work (And Pay) Later

Work costs something whenever you do it… This weekend we had some nice weather on Sunday. In between church activities and family time, I took advantage of the weather to get some work done on our vegetable garden. We chose to try a “no dig” raised bed vegetable garden. Basically you pile various materials (grass … Read more

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