New Year’s Resolutions for this DBA

It’s a new year, and if you read my post almost 2 week’s ago, you know that I’ve already started making changes. What you may not have realized is that the job change was an important step in realizing the changes I had resolved to make. This list is a simple one: Spend less time working. Spend more time with my wife and our dog. Get out and do more things. Unfortunately, I couldn’t achieve any of these things living
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Westbound and down, roll ’em up and truckin’

A little less than 2 years ago, my wife and I loaded up our cats and dog and moved from the Seattle area on the west coast to New York City on the east coast. It was quite an experience. Turns out the old saying was true. More money did not equal more happiness. So now we are embarking on road trip part 2. I have accepted a job with a company in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we are relocating
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T-SQL Tuesday #96: Thank You for Taking the Time

A lot of people have made a difference in my career. A LOT! I don’t think we ever thank those that make a difference as much as we should. Often, it’s not until years later when you look back on your career and reflect on how you got from where you used to be to where you are now that you really realize how much help you had along the way. Sometimes that help is incidental or accidental. Sometimes that
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T-SQL Tuesday #93: 3 Jobs I Didn’t Take and 1 I did

It’s T-SQL Tuesday again, and this month’s host is Kendra Little (blog|@), and the excellent topic selected by Kendra is Interviewing Patterns & Anti-Patterns. When I logged on to Twitter this morning, the first tweet I saw was for Brent Ozar’s (@BrentO) post The DBA Job I Turned Down. It was another great post from Brent, and I was inspired to write about a similar topic. For my contribution to this T-SQL Tuesday is 3 Jobs I Didn’t Take, and
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The Costs of Hiring Cheaper Consultants

From time to time, I see posts in forums from people complaining about how much some consultants charge. A really good consultant is never going to be cheap. That’s just the law of supply and demand at work right there. When I was consulting, I had plenty of people balk at my consulting price. I had no problem with someone not wanting to pay that price. If I wasn’t getting clients at that price, I would lower the rate. And
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You Have One Job

I’m sure most if not all of you are familiar with the meme “You had one job”. I was reminded of this meme this past Friday when I headed out to run an errand at lunch time. There were 3 guys standing in the middle lane of a busy intersection, 2 were road workers and 1 was a flagger holding a sign that said SLOW on one side and STOP on the other. The flagger was standing in between the
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So Long Seattle and Thanks for all the Fish!

I’ve had some good times in the Seattle area. I’ve lived in the Seattle are since 1987 and graduated high school here in 1988 (South Kitsap High in Port Orchard, WA). That’s 28 years I’ve been here. That’s a long time, but now it’s time to part ways. Likewise, my wife has been in the Seattle area since she was 8 years-old. We’ve both been here for a long time and are ready for a change. So goodbye Seattle. Hello
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DBA: Guardian of the Data

I was asked recently by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on Twitter to see when the whitepaper is released. In addition to the whitepaper, I have been taking a new look at this topic and providing some additional and supplemental information
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Who Owns SQL Backups?

I was asked by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on Twitter to see when the whitepaper is released. In this post, I’m going to take a peek at one of the mistakes. This is a topic I hear come up time
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When DMVs Cost Me My Job

Back in early 2006, I was still working at my first ever DBA job. I had only been a DBA for a little less than 3 years, but I felt like I knew a lot. I spent every night on the forums helping people with issues as a way of learning new things myself. But SQL Server 2005 was out and things were vastly different. I had taken a three day training class on updating my DBA skills to SQL
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