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  • Do people want help? I mean, real help?

    Or do they just want to continue with their old habits? The reason for this blog post is that I the last week have tried to help people on several forums. Most of them just want to know how to solve their current problem and there is no harm in that. But when I recognize the same poster the very next day with a similar problem I ask ...
    Posted to Peter Larsson (Weblog) by Peso on July 24, 2011
  • Books are Dead! Long Live the Books!

    We live in interesting times with regard to the availability of technical material. We have lots of free written material online in the form of vendor documentation online, forums, blogs, and Twitter. And we have written material that we can buy in the form of books, magazines, and training materials. Online videos and training – some free and ...
    Posted to Stacia Misner (Weblog) by smisner on February 28, 2011
  • Times they are a changing…

    If you follow me on twitter (@SQLSarg), you already know that this has been a week of big announcements for me. Wednesday afternoon Paul Randal (Blog|Twitter) announced that I joined as a full time employee, and Thursday afternoon, Joe Sack (Blog|Twitter) announced that I passed the Microsoft Certified Masters for SQL Server 2008. As ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on February 25, 2011
  • I Hereby Resolve… (T-SQL Tuesday #14)

    It’s time for another T-SQL Tuesday, hosted this month by Jen McCown (blog|twitter), on the topic of resolutions. Specifically, “what techie resolutions have you been pondering, and why?” I like that word – pondering – because I ponder a lot. And while there are many things that I do already because of my job, there are many more things that I ...
    Posted to Stacia Misner (Weblog) by smisner on January 11, 2011
  • Writing Case Studies to Document Your Impact

    If you don’t know me, or you haven’t followed me for long, you might not know that I am a huge fan of documentation.  I started out in my as a Application and Business Analyst and all I did was document problems, their scope, impact, and resolution.  Early on I learned that one of the most powerful things you can create is good ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on October 20, 2010
  • There is no such thing as a “Small Change” to a production database

    It seems like every week I get hit up with some kind of “Its a view only for this specific report,” or “It is a simple change that the vendor would have made if they had access” type of request related to SQL Server.  If you’ve never dealt with me, let me start off this blog post by saying that I am a staunch advocate of Change Control ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on August 3, 2010
  • Should SQL Server advanced features be available a la carte?

    SQL Server users love the new features inside of the platform and each new release brings more exciting enhancements that motivate end users towards upgrading from previous editions.  However, one of the biggest gripes I see from the SQL Server Community is that the hot new features are primarily Enterprise Edition only.  Today I read a ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on June 21, 2010
  • Why I don’t need to go on the SQLCruise

    Brent Ozar (Blog|Twitter) and Tim Ford (Blog|Twitter) are putting on a new type of event in the month of August after SQL Saturday #40 in South Florida July, 31st, properly named SQLCruise.  The concept is great, at least in my opinion, you pay for a cruise, get to have a break, and at the same time attend a mini-conference on SQL Server with ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on May 25, 2010
  • Does the tempdb Log file get Zero Initialized at Startup?

    While working on a problem today I happened to think about what the impact to startup might be for a really large tempdb transaction log file.  Its fairly common knowledge that data files in SQL Server 2005+ on Windows Server 2003+ can be instant initialized, but the transaction log files can not.  If this is news to you see the ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on May 13, 2010
  • Why the “Toilet” Analogy for SQL might be bad

    Robert Davis(blog/twitter) recently blogged The Toilet Analogy … or Why I Never Recommend Increasing Worker Threads, in which he uses an analogy for why increasing the value for the ‘max worker threads’ sp_configure option can be bad inside of SQL Server.  While I can’t make an argument against Robert’s assertion that increasing worker ...
    Posted to The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias (Weblog) by jmkehayias on May 8, 2010
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