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Hosted by Carlos L Chacon, the SQL Data Partners Podcast focuses on Microsoft data platform related topics mixed with a sprinkling of professional development. Carlos and guests discuss new and familiar features and ideas and how you might apply them in your environments. Visit our website for episode show notes at sqldatapartners.com/podcast and leave a comment if you have a topic you think we should discuss. We’ll see YOU on the SQL Trail.
 
SQL Server Radio is a Podcast for SQL Server DBAs, database developers, architects, system administrators, and anyone else who is interested in the Microsoft SQL Server platform and the Microsoft data platform in general. As the data world changes, we also occasionally talk about other platforms and services like Azure and Amazon cloud services, Elastic Search, Hadoop, MongoDB, Machine Learning, and much more.
 
The Ingeniously Simple podcast provides an under the hood look at how we design, build and manage Redgate's portfolio of products. We'll discuss all aspects of our product development process, with insights into how we approach research, design, engineering, product management and delivery; as part of a strong, cross-functional team culture that promotes agility, collaboration and learning.
 
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With a new year and a new lockdown upon us, Chris and Chris stay local with their choice of January brews. Our hosts get ready to rumble as they take on Blue Monday armed with their top 10 tips to boost your mood. They talk chittering monkeys, Chucklevision and Grim Fandango to emphasise the importance of self-care in these continually testing time…
 
One of the areas where machine learning and artificial intelligence have had lots of success is with image work. Whether identifying people in pictures or helping cars stay on the road and out of each other's way, this capability of computing has worked well. It's not perfect, and not necessarily as accurate as most humans, but it works well. At le…
 
Availability Groups (AG) were introduced in SQL Server 2012, with the idea that we could dramatically improve (and ease) the burden of dealing with high availability in SQL Server. At the time the (code named) HADRON technology seemed full of possibilities. Since then, there have been some enhancements, but it seems that setting up and managing an …
 
Not too long ago was a very sad and embarrassing day for the US. The US capital was breached and rioters had hours inside without authorities. Ignoring the reasons and politics behind the event, think about the security of the building and systems after the criminals were removed from the building. Someone else brought up this point, which I think …
 
It's the start of a new year, and while it might feel like COVID-19 has us stuck back in March 2020, I hope that will start to fade as we move into the new year. Certainly our employers want to move forward, and I suspect that there is some hope that organizations will start to thrive in 2021. I saw a post from Kenneth Fisher recently that talked a…
 
Guy and Eitan host a very special guest and speak about various SQL Server and Data Platform topics, and recent events. Relevant links: for more details Cassandra - Use cases: when to use and when not to use Community call for creating the fastest number series generator | Itzik Ben Gan SQL Server Feature Request: Adding Multi-column IN clause supp…
 
I was listening to someone talk about data privacy recently, and the ways that you can protect the sensitive information in your databases. They had a great quote about something you might consider. They said, "The best way to protect data is not hang onto the raw data at all." If we don't have sensitive data, then a loss of data can't occur. Hacks…
 
There was a report recently that a number of US government agencies were hacked through a network management system. Apparently Solarwinds had their code hacked, and this resulted in a backdoor being distributed to customers via software updates. There is a lot that went wrong here, and this ought to make many system management software vendors ver…
 
Some of us have run into perplexing technology problems, where we had to dig deep into an application to solve a problem. We might need to work with our own staff, vendor support, perhaps even coordinate people across multiple different organizations. This can be even more challenging when we don't have access into the internals of all the code. I …
 
20 years ago, the objection to implementing security on the basis of performance had validity—especially for smaller organizations. Security was a pain in the neck; however, how many of us are still hanging on to some of those old biases. Even worse, some of us IT pros seem to put up objections to doing the most basic security procedures—sending us…
 
Yesterday I wrote a little about skills from the corporate side of your career. What is important, valuable, and helpful to your organization. Today, as we close down 2020, I want to look a little at the skills that will help your career, whether at this organization or another one. When I speak with people about their career path, I often hear the…
 
Microsoft released a lengthy white paper on the SolarWinds hack affecting thousands of computers. This is scary stuff, and the details continue to come out slowly and you wonder how it all will play out. Many IT pros rely on SolarWinds for monitoring and in this episode, we discuss the exploit, how mere mortals like us might feel a bit overwhelmed …
 
While I have found that some aspects of my job with Redgate improved with our move to remote work this year, I think others have deteriorated. I have spent lots of time over the years trying to build relationships with people in lots of different departments. This year, I've gotten lots of time and more communication with those I often work with, b…
 
Standing in front of a group, large or small, was one of the most intimidating things to me as a young man. I hated making presentations in school and university to others. As I moved through my career, however, I realized that this was an important skill for my career. Often in many positions, I had the chance (or need) to debate, argue, or just p…
 
Join our Chris-tmas duo on an end-to-end database journey in this cracker of an episode where even the beers are getting Festiv-O. There’s no gold, frankincense, and myrrh, instead our two (not so) wise men build and incrementally deliver NuGet presents down your pipeline chimney. So, grab yourself a beer and tune in for the last DBAle of 2020 - ch…
 
There have been quite a few jobs in my life where my first day was complete chaos. Some were technical and some were not. I had a first day as a bartender (in more than one job) where someone was sick or the place was busy and I was left on my own to figure things out. Fortunately, I know my way around a keg and a bottle of liquor. I've also starte…
 
Finding your first full time job is incredibly difficult—and that was before we were in a worldwide pandemic. In this episode, we discuss some strategies and share some experiences about how we got our first jobs and hopefully give you some inspiration as you try to find your first experience.By Carlos L Chacon
 
Guy and Eitan take a break from talking about the PASS virtual summit, and celebrate with some interesting content. Relevant links: Notes on the PASS Virtual Summit by Andy Warren: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Conclusions Satirical DBA Twitter accounts: @TrumpDBA @Bernie_DBA @biden_dba Concatenating Strings in SQL Server | Guy Glantser…
 
Many people think about the cloud for cost reasons first, often because they can transfer the expense from a capital to operating budgets. Others think about the flexibility the cloud vendors offer to spin systems up and down, change configurations, and adapt to requirements quicker than many internal groups can. A few consider scalability, where w…
 
I've been to many SQL Saturdays across the last decade. I know I'm close to having spoken at 100 events, and I've enjoyed going to different cities, meeting lots of new people, and enjoy the local atmosphere. I love exercising at University Lake in Baton Rouge before their event. I've enjoyed wandering around Memphis to see sites, the music in Nash…
 
It's that time of year, when the Advent of Code goes live. This is a daily coding contest that starts the first of December, with a new exercise released each day leading up to Christmas. You can still join in, and even go back and look at previous years (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016) and go through them. It's a good exercise for your mind. To be fair, I…
 
I remember reading about, and doing some message exchange, with PGP, in the 90s. At the time I worked in a utility company and my boss and I were interested in whether encryption might be something we should implement. At the time, the integration with mail clients, and the relatively unsophisticated users limited our options, and we never moved fo…
 
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