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Lone DBA, Lemming or Master of your Domain

Lone DBA, Lemming or Master of your Domain

Are you a lone lemming or the master of your domain? Many organizations hire only one database administrator. This lone DBA is in a unique position which can be both rewarding and challenging. I have spent years as a lone…

Ding Level 3 in My Epic Life Quest

Ding Level 3 in My Epic Life Quest

Wahooo! Today is a day to celebrate. I just realized that I have achieved level 3 in my Epic Life Quest. Stay tuned as I work my way to level 4. I plan to include being a Microsoft Certified Solutions…

Do we care about development environment performance?

Do we care about development environment performance?

Recently, but not for the first time, I was confronted with a server administrator that didn’t want to allocate more than one vCPU to a SQL Server machine in a development environment. His exact words ring over and over in my…

It is who you know, or is it?

It is who you know, or is it?

I have spent a lot of time learning about how to effectively network and the benefits that it can bring to my life and career. What I find interesting, however, is that there is a negative connotation revolving around the good ol’…

The end of an era

The end of an era

Today is my last day working for Liberty Tax Service. Liberty took a chance on me when I was fresh out of the Navy with no experience as a DBA and has been there every step of the way as…

Paul Randal, please mentor me

Today I’m going to go a bit off schedule and deviate from my usual technical content. Paul Randal (b | t) is the owner of SQLSkills which is a consulting and training organization. A few weeks ago Red-Gate announced their Tribal Awards…

My Epic Life Quest – Level 2 Achieved

DING – LEVEL 2 !!! I am excited to announce that I have achieved level 2 in My Epic Life Quest. My epic life quest is an idea that I got from Steve Kamb via Brent Ozar. As life goals…

A first timer’s lessons learned at PASS Summit 2014

A first timer’s lessons learned at PASS Summit 2014

Me, as a #sqlfirsttimer Just one year ago I didn’t know what the PASS Summit was. What came after has been a series of serendipitous events. I went to Charlotte, NC to Red-Gate’s SQL in the City event because it was within driving…

Let your burdens drive you forward

A few nights ago my wife and I were talking over dinner. We were discussing her co-worker’s behaviors regarding stress and deadlines. For the sake of this post let us call this person Jill. Jill is responsible for a work…

Ramping up for SQLSaturday #320 – Raleigh, NC

In just a couple of hours I will be driving down to Raleigh for tomorrow’s SQLSaturday #320. It looks like a great line up with far too many great sessions scheduled to attend them all. Just a few minutes ago…