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

Jun 13, 2019

I loved Windows 7. I haven't felt that way about many of the Windows systems. I tolerated 3.1, preferring DOS and Solaris at the time. Windows 95 was great, with me skipping Windows 98 after installing it on a few PCs at work. I thought Windows 2000 was OK, and did really like XP. I avoided Vista, running XP until I got...


Jun 2, 2019

One of the measurements used in DevOps to determine if your team is improving is the change failure rate. This is the number of times that there is a problem with a deployment as a ratio of the total number of deployments. The idea here is to determine the reliability, and to some extent, the risk of deploying changes...


May 29, 2019

I was excited to see the new Secure Enclave technology come to Always Encrypted (AE) in SQL Server 2019. I've thought that the way Microsoft implemented the AE technology in SQL Server 2016 was a start and a good step forward, but it had too many restrictions. Kind of like Availability Groups in 2012 and In-Memory...


May 28, 2019

I remember the first time I had to create a password for a system. It was an application that a friend and I wrote, and we wanted to separate the ways that we stored data, so we added a login routine to the system. It stored a (plain text) password, but hey, this was 1983. We loaded the password and made a...


May 23, 2019

I get asked this question regularly each year as I start coaching volleyball: "what do you do?" New parents are always interested in what the coach does outside of running their kids around a court. This year, I actually got asked this question a couple weekends ago at the final tournament by a parent that I'd talked to...