Tweak your SQL Server Management Studio! Tip #3

Previously on Tweak your SQL Server Management Studio… In Tip #1 I covered how to open a gloriously empty SSMS environment with no pop ups! Tip #2 was all about Registered Servers Today in Tip #3 I want to quickly cover something I use all the time, not just in SSMS.  Keyboard Shortcuts!   It drives me crazy to watch… Read more →

I’mmmmmm Baaaaaack!!!

So a while back I decided to see what Amazon AWS could do for me.  I ended up moving my blog there and didn’t really have any problems, until I wrote a post about SSMS tricks.  Well my little EC2 couldn’t handle the massive traffic I got and my machine broke. I didn’t want to keep writing posts if my… Read more →

Tweak your SQL Server Management Studio! Tip #2

Previously on Tweak your SQL Server Management Studio… Stop the Popups! I covered how to prevent the connection popup from appearing when you opened SSMS.  In this post I want to show you why I decided to stop those popups in the first place. Registered Servers! What are registered servers?  From BOL Registering a server in SQL Server Management Studio… Read more →

I asked! You answered.

Last week I asked you to help me choose the topic for my first presentation!  First thank you to those of you that clicked in and voted! The winning topic is “Setting up an Environment to Test your Restore Strategy.”   I’m excited about this topic as I’ve recently created a local database instance on which my nightly backups are… Read more →

Mentor Me!

It was a hot sunny day, I was standing on a roof of a prison in Iraq in full battle gear.  The thermometer registered just under 120 degrees.  I was pouring sweat and reflecting on every decision I’d made up to this point which lead to this roof top…  Outside of the prison I saw a large truck which I… Read more →

User’s Choice Poll!

So I’ve decided to take the plunge and will give my first presentation this summer. I’m giving myself a lot of time to choose the topic, prepare, refine, and rehearse the material.  I’ve also decided to present after I’ve finished coaching my first varsity soccer season to minimize the potential failure due to time constraints.  I’m nervous as hell on… Read more →

A Disturbing Truth

So this week I’ve had some… disturbing realizations about myself.  I’ve truly enjoyed the relationships that I’ve made these last few years as a newbie to the SQL PASS community.  I know many of you will disassociate yourselves with me after today and that breaks my heart, however I can’t continue to live a lie.  It tears me up inside… Read more →