Disappearing Data Files

This article has just shared the power of XEvents and yet another use in helping to audit the database environment for changes. Not only do we have this powerful tool at our disposal for troubleshooting, but it is there for use as an audit tool as well as to help us create an RCA when needed.  

Window Shopping the Query Store with XEvents

This article has just shared multiple tools to help you become more acquainted with the Query Store! This acquaintance is coming via an extremely powerful tool called Extended Events. Through the use of these two sessions and two additional scripts, this article demonstrates how to become more familiar with the internals for QDS.

Top 3 Database Life Hacks

Three very powerful but simple hacks that can give you back dozens of minutes per day.

Coping with Self Doubt

One of the best coping mechanisms for Impostor Syndrome is the use of learned behaviors. This article shares some of these coping mechanisms and learned behaviors.

The Gift of the SPN

Every once in a while there is an extremely valuable tool that comes along. While the footprint and use frequency of this tool may not be that big, the tool is essential to making the DBA job easier to do. I recommend getting this tool – especially if you have ever run into SSPI issues.

Why oh Why? Effects of Antivirus on a DB Server

At best these phantom backups cause undue headache in troubleshooting. At worst, they make it impossible to recover in the event of a database related disaster. Join me for a troubleshooting journey involving phantom backups.

Event Files on Linux

For the most part, things work the way you might expect them to work in windows – except it is on Linux. Sure some things are different, but SQL Server itself, is largely the same.

Note to Self

Not only should you pay respect to those giving of their time, but you should spend a little time to also give back to the community. I will say it again, the more you give of yourself to help others learn your trade, the more you will personally learn and grow in your professional and personal self. It is an investment well worth taking.

Puzzles and Daily Trivia

One of my favorite database automations is to send trivia style questions daily. This helps me to mentor and assess other dba talent within an organization without being too aggressive. Not only can a database be used for automation but it can also be used for numerous other automations. Beyond being highly useful for automation and training, there is also the possibility of using TSQL to solve puzzles like Sudoku puzzles.

Making Databases Personal

If you can use a database to create automation routines to help sustain your work life, you can certainly do the same to sustain your personal life. Databases are an essential piece of both my personal and professional life.