The Multifunctioning DBA:



January 10, 2012  8:00 AM

DBA is a full time job

Posted by: Colin Smith
DBA, Rant

Today I received a call from a co-worker at my previous job. It was great to hear from him and catch up, but the main purpose of his call was not just to see how I was doing with the new kid. Of course not right, why would I even think that. Now do not get me wrong, I do not mind getting calls from...

November 28, 2011  5:22 PM

Amazon Sales Rant

Posted by: Colin Smith
Amazon, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Rant

First, before I get into my rant I must say that I love Amazon and I think they are awesome overall and love the Black Friday, Cyber Monday lightning deals that they are doing but I do have one complaint. I Wanted to purchase the

August 31, 2011  10:00 AM

SQL Server Authentication

Posted by: Colin Smith
Rant, SQL Server

I love when I am working with a Application team and they request an account to be created in order to have x access to y database on the server. The AD account gets created and I add that login to the server and map it to the database and give it the level af access that the application team has...

April 30, 2011  8:00 PM

Vendors and Ridiculousness

Posted by: Colin Smith

Ever have a vendor call and tell you that the database instance is the reason the app is not running correctly or very slowly? I did. They were installing an application and called me 7 hours into the install process to tell me that something was occurring on my database instance that was...

June 30, 2010  7:00 PM

More Ranting

Posted by: Colin Smith

About three weeks ago some new hardware came in and the server build team gave it to me, of course it needed SQL Installed Yesterday right. Well this build required SQL Server, SSAS, SSIS, and SSRS to be installed. No big deal I did the install did all of my configuration and handed it to the...

June 29, 2010  4:21 PM

Ranting a bit

Posted by: Colin Smith
Lead Time, Planning, Rant, SQL Server

I have four SQL Server installations to get done in the next couple of days. Not that this is a big deal or a task that is to overwhelming but I have to rant a bit. My lead time on these is not much. When my company orders a server, the group needing the server fills out some paperwork that details...

April 30, 2010  10:00 AM

Powershell Rant

Posted by: Colin Smith
Powershell, Rant

As you all know I am a big fan of Powershell and I think that it is a great language. I do not think that it is the best or only language that an Admin should know. I think that it depends on your job and what you are attempting to accomplish. I think that if you do most of your work in a unix...

July 28, 2009  7:14 PM

Helping Family

Posted by: Colin Smith
Family, Rant, Remote Support, Support

Yesterday I was not feeling well so I decided to take the day off of work to rest and try to get better. Well things did not really work out that well for me. I am sure that most of you can relate to this and I am curious if you do what I did or if you deal with this in some other manner. Here is...


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