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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Jul 15, 2019

Are addresses sensitive or private information? It's a good question to ask since many of us have address data in our databases. I asked this recently at a SQL in the City event and the room was split. I come down on the side of "no", for addresses in and of themselves. After all, the domain of addresses is known. It's...


Jul 14, 2019

Ransomware.A scary topic and one attack that is apparently more common than I suspected. Before you go further, if you haven't restored a database backup in the last month, stop and go verify your DR plan works. That's one of the overconfident issues facing lots of government and businesses. While this might not help...


Jul 10, 2019

A few weeks ago I re-published a piece on whether we might be giving too much of ourselves for our employers. At the time I was on holiday with my family and since this was a popular piece years ago, I decided to run it again. I was surprised at the response, with quite a few individuals writing about their experiences...


Jul 9, 2019

When you wake up on July 10, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be out of support. Microsoft has been talking about this for some time, there's been a Migration Tour from PASS with live events in quite a few cities, webinars, and more to let you know that you might want to upgrade to a supported version.

While I...


Jul 8, 2019

One of the things I've advocated across the last few years is the need to learn more about the cloud and be aware of the database options. I have written many pieces, including asking the question of whether or not you should be thinking cloud first. More and more companies are thinking that way, as you can see in the...