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Steve Jones

Steve Jones is currently the editor of SQLServerCentral, employed by Red Gate Software. Steve has been working with SQL Server for two decades at a variety of large and small companies. Steve has spent time as a hiring manager as well as a technical DBA, easily moving back and forth between these positions at different employers. He has managed Windows networks, functioned as a production DBA, development DBA, software developer, and DBA manager. His work has included start-up as well as Fortune 1000 companies in the power, financial, education, and software industries. He currently has his dream job managing the largest SQL Server community on the Internet from his ranch in Colorado and writes a daily editorial at SQLServerCentral.
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Sooner or later some sort of disaster occur on your SQL Server instance. It might be the destruction of a server, the corruption of a page inside the database, or just the unexpected deletion of some data. When disaster does strike, will you be prepa
A look at binary data in SQL Server and full-text searching of the content of binary files.
Everyone wants a job they enjoy and look forward to working at each day. This session will present practical techniques for improving your brand and giving you the chance to interview for the job you want.
Building software is hard, and we often find that fixing bugs is expensive if they are not caught early. Continuous Integration (CI) has proven to be a valuable technique in improving software quality and this session demonstrates CI for databases.
tSQLt is a testing framework that is designed to help you write repeatable, isolated tests against your database code. In this session we will briefly examine the goals of testing, and introduce tSQLt with a variety of demonstrations.
Everyone wants a dream job that they enjoy going to each week. Steve Jones will give you practical tips and suggestions in this session that show you how to better market yourself in today's competitive world.

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Can Auditing Fail? 05 May 2015
I saw someone’s list of requirements for a SQL Server auditing system recently that included many of the standard items most of us would want. DDL changes should be captured, along with configuration alterations. The performance impact should be low, and all versions of SQL Server must be ...

Complete Definitions 04 May 2015
I saw a script from a user recently that looked like this: Create db x on file = go alter db set compatbility = 120 go alter db set containment = none go ... alter db set service_broker off go That’s interesting because most of the code I see looks more like this create database […]

VMware and DBAs 01 May 2015
Disclosure: I’m a VMware fan and run it on my laptop. I definitely prefer it to other hypervisors. This workshop and all travel expenses was also paid for entirely by VMware. I was fortunate and grateful to be invited out to VMware recently for a multi-day workshop for SQL Server on VMware. ...

Finding Problem Code 01 May 2015
Performance of a SQL Server seems to be one of the main concerns for most developers and DBAs. We are under pressure to constantly squeeze more performance out of our applications and reduce the time it takes for users to interact with systems. Reports can be especially problematic as users ...

April Blogger Challenge 4–Filtered Index Limitations 30 Apr 2015
The April Blogger Challenge is from Ed Leighton-Dick and aimed at new bloggers, but anyone is welcome. I’m trying to motivate and cheer people on. Filtered Index Limits I ran across a limitation recently with filtered indexes and was surprised. Apparently, you can’t make complex filters ...