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

Apr 20, 2018

I love this quote, though I'm not sure it's accurate. From The Future of Data Storage, the piece states: "What’s the most expensive thing you can do with a piece of data? Throw it out."

That's from a storage vendor, and obviously they'd prefer that you keep all your data, which means more storage and backup...


Apr 19, 2018

Travis-CI had some staffers connect to the wrong database and truncate production tables. Needless to say this caused an outage and disrupted their business. Hopefully they didn't lose too many customers, but they certainly did not help their reputation. I'm sure there are more than a few customers trying to decide if...


Apr 18, 2018

How many of you have wanted to know who started or stopped a SQL instance? Probably a few of you, as disruption to the service can affect customers. Most of us are concerned with the changes made inside SQL Server to objects and data, and that's what the auditing features inside SQL Server are watching. The problem is...


Apr 17, 2018

If you know someone well, you may think that you can predict what they'll do in a situation. Those that know me might think that if I go to New York, I'll make time to run in Central Park. That's a good bet, and the last 7 or 8 times I've gone there to speak, that's what I've done. However, that's a very small data...


Apr 16, 2018

This past week the pre-conference sessions for the 2018 PASS Summit were released. There's a good list of topics and speakers, returning and new presenters, that you can choose from. If you're planning on attending the Summit, I would review the options and if any of these are relevant to your position, I'd bundle the...