Tag Archives: T-SQL

Sessions For PASS 2012 Released

I was excited to see the sessions have been released for this years PASS 2012 Summit

If you’ve been involved in the SQL Community for any particular time than hopefully PASS has come up here or there. I can say from personally attending in the past that the knowledge gained and networking that you will do is invaluable.

Some of my peers have inquired what are the pro’s, and why should I attend such a Summit. Again, I can only say that you get out of it what you put into it. The atmosphere and mindset going into the Summit to learn and gain some knowledge from the best speakers the SQL Community offers ~ well you’ll walk away amazed.

I think PASS does a great job in detailing what they are about and the why’s and who should attend questions. You can check all that out here.

Everything you will need to know about the Summit from lodging to pricing, etc is available on their site. If you are attending ~ GREAT; if you are on the border line than can I implore you to go; and if you don’t think you are going I ask you to take a hard look at it in  hopes to change your mind.

Let’s make this PASS Summit the best yet. Hope to see you there!

T-SQL Tuesday #31 – Logging

Looking at my schedule I realized after discussing with fellow DBA’s that I was missing out on something ~ T-SQL Tuesday. I think this is fantastic idea and to host a T-SQL Tuesday you can contact Adam Machanic.

Today is T-SQL Tuesday #31 and is by Aaron Nelson on Logging……….


In general, to me, logging is an essential part of my every day activities as a DBA. It helps me in many ways tracking changes from deployments from fellow DBA’s and myself to bringing back statistical information for us to determine growth.

I recently came across two real world examples that has helped me with logging.

  1. A DBA friend was in the middle of a deployment; after several minutes the deployment was labeled complete and everyone was on their merry way. A few days later some catastrophic events unfolded; and everyone wanted to know the why; because we were logging the who, what, when along with the commands given we traced back quickly the change and what was changed by the user.
  2. I’m a huge fan of the Utility Database idea; have been ever sense I sat in on it at PASS ( Chris Shaw presented it). After getting back to the office it was my mission to get this idea implemented in. Currently, we are building an enterprise edition out that encaptulates a plethora of information from statistical stats, heartbeats, file sizes, space on drives, and the list goes on. Logging this information will help guide and plan for sizing and space.

I’ve only touched on a couple of topics regarding logging; there is so much more out there.