SQL Server with Mr. Denny


October 13, 2009  9:33 PM

What color should my hair be for #sqlpass?



Posted by: Denny Cherry
In Person Events, PASS, SQL

I posted a survey over on Security Fight Club to get some input from the SQL community.  I need to know what color I should die my hair for SQL PASS.  The survey will be open until shortly before PASS at which point I’ll announce the winning color.

Denny

PS: I would have posted it here directly but this isn’t my site, so I can’t add plugins to handle this sort of stuff here.

October 12, 2009  11:00 AM

SQL Upgrades are a one way street.



Posted by: Denny Cherry
SQL, Upgrading

That’s right folks.  Once you upgrade SQL Server versions there is no going back. Continued »


October 10, 2009  10:58 PM

If you want to keep the data, back it up; even if it’s your cell phone!



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Backup & recovery, Cell Phone, Data Loss

Another major data loss is showing that if you want to keep your data, its up to you to back it up.  T-Mobile customers who have a sidekick phone are being told this weekend that they shouldn’t turn off their cell phones.  If they do they will loose their address book data and anything else saved on the phone.  Apparently there are some major data center problems going on over at Danger (the folks who make the Sidekick) and the Sidekick relies very heavly on the servers in the Danger data center.  Apparenly there have been problems going on for a couple of days now.  So far there’s no planned update from T-Mobile until Monday.

The problems are serious enough that T-Mobile has suspended the sale of the phone, and posted a very serious notice on there forums “Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power.”.

This is just another indicator that you need to be responsible for backing up your data.  You also need to know how your devices work.  Personally I have a blackberry and it is synced up with my Exchange server.  I know that if something happens to my Exchange server, I know that my local copy is fine.  Same goes if there is a problem with RIMs servers.

Don’t rely on your service provider to backup your device, if you want to keep your data back up the data your self.  If your phone provider doesn’t offer a way to back it up, check on the internet.  Most cell phone models have some way to back them up so that you don’t loose everything if something goes wrong.

Denny


October 7, 2009  11:00 AM

Keep your databases off the Internet



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Service Broker, SQL Server

Over on the SecurityFightClub.com site I wrote a post about why database servers shouldn’t be on the Internet.

Denny


October 7, 2009  7:50 AM

Data Transformation Services vs. SSIS: The key differences



Posted by: Denny Cherry
DTS, SearchSQLServer.com, SQL Server 2008, SSIS

I recently published an article on SearchSQLServer.com about DTS and SSIS where I talk about some of the differences.  Obvsiolly I didn’t cover all the differences between DTS and SSIS, just some of them.  So don’t go railing on me that I didn’t cover something.

Denny


October 5, 2009  6:42 PM

I’m totally going to crash the Quest event this Friday



Posted by: Denny Cherry
In Person Events, Quest Software

Shhh… Don’t tell anyone, put I’m planning on sneaking into Quest’s presentation this Friday (which in itself is a feet when half the people there know you by site) grabbing some of the free lunch, and giving a quick presentation on Virtualization. Continued »


October 5, 2009  11:00 AM

SQL 2005 SP3 Failing to install with password length error



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Installation, SQL, SQL Server 2005

When installing SQL Server 2005 SP3 you may get an error about the password being to short, and it may have nothing to do with your sa password.  It’s because the Install Scripts are trying to create a certificate with a password which doesn’t meet your domain’s password requirements.

If you get this error navigate to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Upgrade folder.  Find the script for upgrading the SQL Agent.  Open the script and find the CREATE CERTIFICATE statement.  Make the password longer.  In my case I added 123456@ to the end of the password.  The password is in two different places in the script.

Then open Add/Remove Programs and select SQL Server 2005 and select Change.  Then run though the wizard to complete the installation of the service pack.

Denny


October 3, 2009  9:50 PM

Dear Cade Metz, MVPs aren’t evangelists.



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Cade Metz, Google, John Skeet, MVP, The Register

Recent C# programming Guru John Skeet who has been a Microsoft MVP for a number of years was advised by his employer (Google) that he shouldn’t accept the Microsoft MVP award this year.

Personally I don’t understand Google’s doing this, but that’s between John and Google.  I sure that they had there reasons.  My issue is with the article which was written by Cade Metz for The Register.  Cade’s sentence which has me really bothered is “MVPs are little more than Microsoft evangelists.”.

Now, last I checked an evangelist for a product is someone who talks about how great a that product is.  To me an evangelist sounds like your typical Apple fan boy.  Telling anyone that will listen that everything the company puts out is gold, and they can do no wrong.  MVPs as a group aren’t close to being evangelists.  MVPs are some of the most vocal critics of the products which we are MVPs of.  While some MVPs do evangelize Microsoft products, they are the in the minority.

The fact that MVPs are very critical of Microsoft’s products is one of the reasons that Microsoft has the MVP program.  They want out critical feedback so that they can make our products better.  If we sat around saying how awesome there products are Microsoft wouldn’t get any benefit out of the program and it would simply be a waste of money to them.

Within the SQL Server group (which is the product which I’m an MVP for) there isn’t a week that goes by where we as a group haven’t found another bug which we have sent to Microsoft, and in some cases railed on publicly.  Now a portion of the complaining happens in private, but enough of it happens in public that it would be pretty easy to figure out that we as a group are very critical of Microsoft.

Based on the tone of the article that Cade Metz wrote it appears to me that Cade doesn’t hold the MVP program in very high regard.  Based on the comments on the article, neither do some of his readers.  And that’s fine, everyone is entitled to there opinion.  However if you are going to write an article on behalf of a company (like that article is) you might want to veil your personal feelings a little bit better so as not to come across like a total punk.

For the record everything I post on this blog, while hosted on a tech target site is my own opinion and isn’t censored or approved by Tech Target in any way.

Denny


October 2, 2009  7:14 PM

Join me on Oct 21st for a Clustering with iSCSI Presentation



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Clustering, iSCSI, SQL, Starwind, Webcast

All,

On October 21st, 2009 at 11am (Pacific) / 2pm (Eastern) I’m going to be presenting a free Webcast on how to setup a Windows 2008 Cluster when using iSCSI.  Additionally I’ll be going over some tuning tricks you can use to improve the performance of your iSCSI network. Continued »


October 1, 2009  11:00 AM

HA and DR require the same techniques right?



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Clustering, SQL

While many of the technologies used for HA and DR are similar (or even the same) HA and DR are two different types of events which should be handled differently. Continued »


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