Category: SQL Pass

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

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

What does it take to run a SQL Saturday?

To be honest, I have no idea what the organization entails, nor do I know what the SQL Saturday organizers have to go through. The one thing I do know is that it takes volunteers. Just think about everything that happens on the day before, and the day of the event. 1) Coordinating the facility 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

How I became a Database Administrator

It seems that I am always hearing about the “Accidental DBA,” the person that was given the job because they knew the most about it.  My trip was a bit different, but not out of the ordinary I guess. When I was younger my dad had a Tandy 1000 computer, and I loved it.  I Read More

SQLPass Summit 2012

What an amazing experience.  First of all this was my first conference of any type, so I have no base line with which to compare.  That being said, if I did have a baseline, I’m pretty sure this would have far exceeded most other conference experiences.  This post will be a pretty quick and generic Read More

The Accidental DBA?

I suppose so. After 14 years in the Army, National Guard, and Reserves as a Military Policeman I decided I wanted to get out, go to school and to be a Database Administrator. I had no real clue what they did, but I’d worked with Access and was in awe at the potential. I looked Read More