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

Aug 25, 2019

When I started with SQL Server, I worked on OS/2 and SQL Server 4.2. Eventually I moved on to SQL Server 6.5 at a few places, one of which had heavy workloads. While I liked v6.5 much more than v4.2, there were issues with nested views, and certainly issues with heavy tempdb loads. In fact, at one job, I banned temp...


Aug 22, 2019

How many of you have read this article: SQL Server Performance Tuning Using Waits and Queues? (PDF) If you haven't, you might look at a review of the paper from Jeremiah Peschka. There is good advice about which parts to read and which to ignore a decade later. There's an updated version from Paul Randal and...


Aug 21, 2019

The GDPR has been in effect for over a year. While the press has died down a little, outside of a few record fines, there is still plenty of activity. At Redgate, we have customers that still worry about compliance and are doing their best to ensure they properly handle and secure data. It's a tough job, but one that...


Aug 20, 2019

A long time ago I read a book called The First Law. It's a legal thriller, and I'd recommend it. It has nothing much to do with databases, but I was reminded of the book and the rules of any particular process when I saw a post called The First Database Rule.

The post is from Seth Godin, who is really a...


Aug 19, 2019

In the early 2000s, it seemed that many companies were hit with a rash of virus attacks on their networks. Certainly the SQL Slammer worm affected many of us, and it was a memorable week for me. I returned from vacation to get a call late on Sunday night informing me of issues. I spent a long work working with...