Category: SQL Server

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

Certification Path – (MCSA)

Last year I attended 3 training courses to begin learning how to DBA. My goal was to take the 3 exams necessary to obtain my MCSA Certification. At the end of the courses I had little real world application experience of the materials covered in the courses, and I didn’t feel ready to take those Read More

Upgrading Production to SQL Server 2012 – My Step-By-Step Procedure (Pt 1 of 2)

I’d like to think I’ve done the proper research to ensure that I’m going about this the correct way, but to be completely honest I was told to do it this way, and found enough other guides to convince myself this was the right method.  The fine folks on twitter have helped to convince me Read More

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