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Steve Jones is currently the editor of SQLServerCentral, employed by Red Gate Software. Steve has been working with SQL Server for two decades at a variety of large and small companies. Steve has spent time as a hiring manager as well as a technical DBA, easily moving back and forth between these positions at different employers. He has managed Windows networks, functioned as a production DBA, development DBA, software developer, and DBA manager. His work has included start-up as well as Fortune 1000 companies in the power, financial, education, and software industries. He currently has his dream job managing the largest SQL Server community on the Internet from his ranch in Colorado and writes a daily editorial at SQLServerCentral.

Sooner or later some sort of disaster occur on your SQL Server instance. It might be the destruction of a server, the corruption of a page inside the database, or just the unexpected deletion of some data. When disaster does strike, will you be prepa
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Building software is hard, and we often find that fixing bugs is expensive if they are not caught early. Continuous Integration (CI) has proven to be a valuable technique in improving software quality and this session demonstrates CI for databases.

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A SQLServerCentral DR Event 23 Sep 2014
We had a disaster at SQLServerCentral this past weekend. It wasn’t a big disaster, but it was an event that required a restore of data. An Administrative Error On Saturday, I was attending SQL Saturday #331 in Denver. In between my sessions, I was prepping a few demos and finished getting ready ...

Testing in Production 23 Sep 2014
The recent Apple keynote announcing the iPhone 6 was very heavily watched. At least, I think it was heavily viewed because I had trouble connecting, numerous pauses and regular stuttering of the video. Despite the fact that the stream was limited to Apple operating systems (iOS/OSX), it appeared ...

Automate Yourself to a Coffee Break 22 Sep 2014
I’ve worked as a production DBA in a few companies, and in those positions, I’ve always worked to make my position one of “insurance,” with me able to respond when things go wrong. My goal has been to understand, improve, and enable an environment that runs smoothly, which ...

The Mentoring Experiment – Closing Thoughts 22 Sep 2014
Andy wrote a post today called The End of the Mentoring Experiment, which is something we’ve talked about for some time. In fitting with the decision, and perhaps justifying it further, we decided to do this a few months back, but as with many things, we haven’t gotten to it until ...

Grant for President 22 Sep 2014
Grant Fritchey is running for the PASS board. He’s not running for President, though I’m not sure why he shouldn’t be able to. The board makes decisions as a group and the President isn’t necessarily more or less powerful than other members. However the President can be the ...