SQL Server with Mr. Denny


October 17, 2014  3:42 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for October 17, 2014

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Database Administrator, Git, Meeting, SQL, SQL Server, Tor

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: Ike_Chuks also known as Ike C

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny

October 13, 2014  4:50 PM

Your SQL PASS 2014 Speaker Idol Contestants Are…

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
SQL

At the PASS Summit we will for the first time ever have a speaker idol contest, where the winner will receive a speaking spot at the next years PASS Summit. There was a great response to the application form to be considered for Speaker Idol, with 40 people applying. Of those 40 I had to choose 12 to make the cut. In no specific order those 12 people are:

Sergey Olontsev
Reeves Smith
Rob Volk
Ed Leighton-Dick
Pieter Vanhove
John Flannery
Luan Moreno Medeiros Maciel
Mike Byrd
Mitchell Bottel
Tim Costello
Jason Carter
Wagdy Ishac

These 12 folks will be presenting at the three opening rounds of the speaker idol sessions. There’s an opening round session on each day of the summit (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), with four people presenting each day. The contestants are presenting on the following days.

Wednesday
Reeves Smith
Pieter Vanhove
Mike Byrd
Wagdy Ishac

Thursday
Sergey Olontsev
Ed Leighton-Dick
Rob Volk
Tim Costello

Friday
John Flannery
Luan Moreno Medeiros Maciel
Mitchell Bottel
Jason Carter

I wish all 12 of them luck, and I’ll see everyone at the PASS Summit.

Denny


October 10, 2014  5:33 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for October 10, 2014

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
SQL Server 2014, Windows Azure

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: TulsaSQL also known as Tulsa SQL User Group

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


October 8, 2014  4:00 PM

Still Time To Sign Up To Be In SQL PASS Speaker Idol

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
IT conferences, SQL, SQL Server

Speaker Idol 2014 BadgeEver wanted to be a speaker at the PASS Summit? Now is your chance to impress some top notch judges and sign up to be one of the contestants in the PASS Summit Speaker Idol competition. Entering is easy, simply fill out the registration form and if you are selected to be one of the 12 contestants you’ll have a chance to win a speaking spot at the PASS summit.  The registration form is very basic, no abstracts just your contact info and why you want to speak at the PASS summit.  And the price is worth your time, the winner of the competition will has a guaranteed session at the SQL PASS Summit 2015.

You can read more about the speaker idol on the Community Session Room page on the PASS Summit site, and all the official rules are available on this blog post.

I hope to see you on stage in the Community Session Room, at the PASS Summit during Speaker Idol, and then hopefully on stage giving your own presentation during the SQL PASS 2015 Summit.

Denny

 


October 4, 2014  2:01 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for October 03, 2014

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
CASE, SQL, SQL Azure, SQL Server, statistics, Windows Azure

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: m__wild also known as Martin Wild

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


October 1, 2014  12:52 PM

The SQL Saturday After Party is Part of the Job

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
community, social, SQL Server

SQL Saturday organizers do an amazing job putting together their events. The number of hours that the organizing team for each of these events put in to get these events to come together is just staggering. They schedule pre-cons, speaker dinners, the event, the after party, snacks, coffee, breakfast, etc. And all on their own time without getting paid for it.

As speakers we need to do better about attending things like the speakers dinner and after party when the organizers put them on. They are frankly part of your job for being at the event. Now if you have to fly home the evening of the event, I get that. But if you are there in town, socializing with the organizing team, sponsors, speakers and attendees for a couple of hours is kind of part of the deal.

I’ve heard about a couple of SQL Saturdays where the after party was pre-paid because that’s how group events are arranged. After a short time of talking to people, the bulk of the speakers and attendees suddenly took off to go somewhere else leaving about a half dozen people at the after parties. This left the organizers with $1000 in beer and food that was already paid for, that no one drank or ate.

Scheduling these sorts of social events which conflict with the official events is basically a dick maneuver. Especially when you don’t tell the event organizer that you are going somewhere and taking all of their event attendees with them. If the after event it’s your kind of thing you’ve got a couple of options.

1. Don’t go to the after event
2. Go, pretend to have a good time and suck it up
3. Go, pretend to have a good time, then once the after event has been a success, go socialize. You are going to stay out all night anyway. Let the good times roll.
4. Fly home Saturday night

But for the love of god, don’t ruin the organizers after party for their team and their attendees just because you want to do something else. When you run your local event, you get to plan everything. When you attend someone else’s event you do what they have planned, you act professional and you ensure that the attendees have a good time at the official events. If you don’t like these rules, we’ll call them “Denny’s Rules” don’t go. This is why when I have a BBQ at the SoCal SQL Saturday’s, I have it on Thursday nights. I know that I don’t have room for everyone, so the people that do come, come a day early so that we don’t impact the official event.

Denny


September 26, 2014  5:11 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 26, 2014

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
EMC, EMC Arrays, EMC VNX, Microsoft MVP, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server Express, VMware

On a personal note, today is my 15th wedding anniversary to Kris.  Thank you to my Kris who’s put up with me for all these years.

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: SueBrownawell also known as Sue Brownawell

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


September 24, 2014  7:00 PM

All Your Hardware Should Be Of The Same Class

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Cisco UCS, Data Center Hardware, SQL, SQL Server

I’m seeing a really disturbing trend in enterprise hardware purchases these days. Companies will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their Compute environment (the servers) but they cheap out on the storage. In the last two weeks I’ve talked to people from two different companies who have top of the line Cisco UCS servers, but for their storage they have low to mid end storage systems.

This just doesn’t make sense to me. If you know that your workload is going to be high enough to justify the cost of the Cisco UCS platform why cheap out on the storage which is really the key to making things run faster? If I know that I need to run 200 VMs in my farm, including a bunch of SQL Server instances, why are you going to buy storage that can handle 14k IOPs max (at RAID0) then after RAID something like 8k IOPs? That just doesn’t make a lot of sense at all to me.

If you are going to spend this kind of cash, spend a little more and do it all right. Everything will work much better in the long run this way.

Denny


September 19, 2014  5:09 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 19, 2014

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
SQL Server

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: ygtaktn also known as Yigit Aktan

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


September 17, 2014  4:00 PM

Getting Windows Authentication to Work Without a Domain

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Active Directory, Authentication, SQL Server, Windows authentication, Windows Workgroups and Networking, Workgroup, Workgroup Servers

Not every company has Active Directory setup to give them a centralized way of managing authentication. For those who manage SQL Servers within a Workgroup getting authentication to work correctly with Windows logins can be tricky if you haven’t done it before.

In order to get Windows logins working correctly the trick is to create a local account on both the machine which you log into and the SQL Server with the same username and the same password. Once that is done you can grant permissions within the SQL Server instance to the local account.

So if your workstation is PC1 and your SQL Server is SQL1, then within the OS of SQL1 you create a login named dcherry. Then within SQL you create a login for SQL1\dcherry and give it the rights which are needed. Now in PC1 create a login called dcherry. Now log into PC1 as dcherry, open SQL Server Management Studio, and you can connect to SQL1 using your Windows account.

Now if you need to change your password for any reason, you’ll need to log onto SQL1 and change your password there as well as the passwords on both machines must be the same.

If you’ve got even a few computers I’d recommend looking at getting Active Directory up and running as it’ll make your life easier in the long run as you don’t have to do all this to get Windows Authentication working.

Denny


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