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

Aug 15, 2018

Many of us that are DBAs and/or sysadmins find ourselves with privileged access to many systems. We can often read the data that's stored in these systems, whether that's a relational database, a NoSQL store, or even a mail system. As a result, it is incumbent upon us to be trustworthy and maintain confidentiality with...


Aug 14, 2018

"The database ... should be the master of the schema".

It's not often I see an application developer talk about the importance of the database, or at least that the database (and data) are very important to the success of the application, but in this case, that's what I saw. The quote is from this blog, which talks...


Aug 10, 2018

I challenged people to write about their daily work a few weeks ago. I haven't see a lot of posts, but I am still hopeful some of you will document your day, as Iris Classon has done a few times. It's not that I expect a lot of the same posts, but rather, I'd like you to talk about the way a specific day has flowed for...


Aug 9, 2018

I took a few weeks off recently for a vacation with my family. We traveled from Denver to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and then on to Glacier National Park in Montana. We drove a horse trailer, camping along the way in the vast outdoors of America. It was a wonderful time and a beautiful part of the country. If...


Aug 7, 2018

When I started working with SQL Server, I spent a lot of time in Query Analyzer and isql.exe. Those were my two main tools, using those to query a database instance in a lightweight manner. At some point Microsoft released Enterprise Manager, which was more useful for some tasks, but overall, I preferred Query...