Category: Professional

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 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 Read More

Tweak your SQL Server Management Studio! Tip #1

Popups…  I hate them!  I hate them in my web browser, and I hate them in apps. I’ll confess, sometimes not knowing what you can customize and just working with the default settings can be a great thing.  If you never customize then your experience is always the same out of the box. I used Read More

Our SQL Community

A community is a group of any size that shares common values.   When I was in the Army my main job, and that of just about all Soldiers, is to make sure that the Soldier above and below him in rank knows his job and can perform it if something should take the Soldier Read More

Have you planned for your Sunny Day?

A few weeks ago I watched a TEDx talk by Jay Demerit on this topic and it got me thinking, am I ready for an opportunity? A few days after, I stumbled on Brent Ozar‘s “life quest” post and without relating it to Jay’s talk it struck me as something I needed to do.  To 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 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 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. 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. Read More

Volunteering for your Community

So a while back I wrote about What Does it Take to Run a SQL Saturday. That was from an outsider (ie one that didn’t actually plan or run a SQL Saturday), and just what I could think of based on my volunteering to monitor sessions. This year I decided to do a little more Read More

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