Career, Management, & Leadership

What happened to the SQL Hammer?

Two months ago I accepted a new position as a Data Architect / Developer (SQL and .NET). I accepted the position partially due to my passion for database design and partially as a means to expand my knowledge base. I’m attempting…

Session review – Brent Ozar at RSSUG

Yesterday (Friday, March 14th, 2014) Richmond, VA’s SQL Server user group was fortunate enough to have Brent Ozar ( @BrentO | BrentOzar.com) stopped by and present a 101 level session on SQL Server Internals. I made the 4 hour round…

Are your backups enough?

“You only need one thing; a backup or a résumé. Never both.” This quote certainly summarizes a very important piece of being a DBA. You must be able to recover from a disaster. There are many ways to offer redundancy…

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle The Peter Principle, as referenced above, is, “the theory that employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to, and remain at, a level at which they are incompetent.”…

Editorial: Automation

Often I find myself thinking to myself, “if only I had one more DBA.” I’m sure we’ve all said this often enough and probably not just to ourselves, I’m sure the boss gets an ear full every now and again. But,…

SQL Server 2008 MCM Readiness Videos

The other day I was doing some research on the Transaction Log of SQL Server and stumbled upon the MS SQL Server MCM Readiness videos, many of which are made by Paul Randal. After watching just one of these videos…

Poll – How do you handle security?

MS SQL Server provides a wide range of options to choose from when deciding how to regulate security in our organizations? I’m curious how you handle it? Do you go full on best practice and run Windows Authentication only, allow…

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my first post on the new sqlHammer blog site. My name is Derik Hammer and I’m a believer in sharing knowledge. Few people understand how powerful the old saying, “Feed a man a fish, he’ll eat for a…