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Troubleshooting - stay C.A.L.M.

So, you're supporting a server. It might be yours directly, it might belong to a customer. Doesn't matter. You've got an urgent issue - an alert, a ticket, an end-user reporting a problem - and you need to get moving. Where do you start? Everyone has a method, and if you haven't developed yours..

A Consultant's guide to saving money on your Microsoft data platform

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have been forced to implement short-medium term plans to protect not only their ability to transact, but also the health and wellbeing of their customers, partners and employees.  Video calls, queueing at shops (and on websites) and home deliveries have..

The Dirty (Baker’s) Dozen of SQL Server Technical Debt

The Baker’s dozen originated from bakers adding the thirteenth loaf to avoid a beating for underselling bread. There will (hopefully?) be no such penalties for SQL Server indiscretions, but try to avoid adding technical debt to undersell your future happiness.

Killing Your SQL Server with Kindness

When you discover a poor, uncared for SQL Server instance that has been neglected for years, your immediate response is to get maintenance going and give it some love. Get it back to its former glory and running optimally.

But you need to approach this with caution.

An Ode to the DBA

It has been now quite a few years since I was sitting in school, being pleasantly bored by the works and sonnets of Shakespeare, and failing to grasp the meanings and intricate language he used. Now in hindsight, I realise that I just never understood (or tried to understand) some of the meanings..

Azure Data Studio – Don't Manage SQL Server with a Wooden Racket

How do you manage SQL Server?

Azure Data Studio is the new (ish) open-source, cross-platform tool from Microsoft to manage and interact with your SQL Servers or PostgreSQL instances. If you haven’t used it yet, I recommend you check it out (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/azure-data-studio).

Azure Cosmos DB: To Infinity and Beyond

One of the technologies that surprised me when I heard of it was No-SQL databases.

As a database administrator that really distressed me at first; what is no-SQL? How can a database not be a relational database? Well, it’s been a few years, but finally my eyes opened and I’m ready to embrace No-SQL.

Keeping Your Skills Sharp During the Pandemic

Individuals who believe their talents can be developed, as opposed to believing such talents are innate gifts, are known to have a "growth" mindset. Such people tend to achieve more than those with a "fixed" mindset because they spend less time worrying about looking smart, and more time being..

Adventures with SQL Server 2019 on Linux

There are many posts out there on installing SQL Server 2019 on Linux and in fact the Microsoft tutorials do a pretty good job of taking you through the installation.

This blog post takes you through my experiences with those tutorials and down some of the rabbit holes that I stumbled into along..

Moving SQL Databases and what to do when it goes wrong!

Recently we have helped a number of customers with moving system and user databases from one drive to another. We also regularly receive questions regarding how to do this safely and minimising risks associated. As such, we have produced a step-by-step guide with best practice recommendations and..

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