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

Apr 29, 2014

With SQL Server 2014 released, there's the temptation to upgrade for many DBAs. However the licensing costs and debatable improvements in the product will temper the DBA's enthusiasm with the reality of the ROI seen by management. While reading about the licensing changes, I also saw this note from Tom LaRock, where...


Apr 24, 2014

Would you post your password on a wall in your office? Of course not, because other employees, the cleaning crew, even guests walking around your office would be able to access your system with your account. When I read Brian Kelly's post on passwords in files, that's what I thought of. Sticking credentials in a file,...


Apr 23, 2014

It's over. There's no more MCM program or certification from Microsoft. The last MCM test was given last year and no upgrades are planned for SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. That's a little sad, though there are quite a few of our SQL Server professionals that can still proudly wear the MCM title for the rest of...


Apr 22, 2014

I often talk with people about building their brands and finding a way to ensure they are a highly desirable employee. One of the ways that I think people can do this is with a technical blog about their career. Having a technical blog allows someone to show off their skills in a particular area. The blog doesn't have...


Apr 21, 2014

Throughout my career I've been looking to consolidate SQL Servers when I find them. The typical employer I've had usually grows their IT infrastructure over time and many projects look like this:

  • Build or buy a software package
  • Buy a new server
  • Install SQL Server and one database for the application

Over time this...