Save the date: SQLSaturday Iowa City

Q: True or False – Iowa has one of the world’s longest-running SQL Server conferences? A: True! SQLSaturday #19 was held in the fall of 2009 in Iowa City. We’re one of only a handful of chapters to host an event every year since then. We’ll hold our eighth SQLSaturday conference on June 10-11, 2016, in Iowa City. […]

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Speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago

I’m happy to announce that my first public session of 2016 will be at SQLSaturday Chicago on March 5! I will be talking about the system_health Extended Events session and the default trace. Here’s the details: Dammit Jim! Dr McCoy’s Field Guide to system_health (and the default trace) As DBAs, we are asked all sorts […]

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Foundations Friday starts now

Earlier this month, my friend Tim Ford (b|t) proposed an idea: A 2016 challenge to technical bloggers: 1 introductory level blog per month… #mvpbuzz https://t.co/BQ4T6U6zbg — Tim Ford (@sqlagentman) December 28, 2015 I think this is a fantastic idea. The hardest part of beginning anything is that we usually don’t know what questions to ask. […]

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New Year, New Look, New Focus

Happy New Year, and welcome back! One of the projects I undertook over the holidays was to give the site a facelift. I didn’t follow my original plan, but I definitely like the way it turned out. I hope you like it as much as I do. Another of my holiday projects was to resuscitate […]

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