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Steve Jones

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.
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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
A look at binary data in SQL Server and full-text searching of the content of binary files.
Everyone wants a job they enjoy and look forward to working at each day. This session will present practical techniques for improving your brand and giving you the chance to interview for the job you want.
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.
tSQLt is a testing framework that is designed to help you write repeatable, isolated tests against your database code. In this session we will briefly examine the goals of testing, and introduce tSQLt with a variety of demonstrations.
Everyone wants a dream job that they enjoy going to each week. Steve Jones will give you practical tips and suggestions in this session that show you how to better market yourself in today's competitive world.

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Start SQL Server in Single User Mode 03 Aug 2015
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I saw someone recently ask how to reset the sa password, and myself (along with a few others) suggested starting SQL Server in single user mode as an administrator. The poster ...

Clearing Out a Database With SQL Compare 03 Aug 2015
I ran into a question recently about how to clear out a database of all objects. I assume someone was testing some type of deployment scenario, and didn’t want to drop the database, but rather just remove objects and redeploy. I know SQL Compare could do this, so I mocked up a quick project. ...

Using the DAC 03 Aug 2015
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. The DAC is a really important tool for anyone managing a SQL Server. You might not use it often, but when you need it, you really need it. I’d suggest you connect to ...

Be Professional 03 Aug 2015
I’m not a very comfortable flyer. I do it regularly, and I’ve gotten used to it, but I’m a bit scared when the plane appears to be anything other than a slow elevator to me. I’m not quite sure how I’d react if I were on a small plane and experienced what this author ...

The Security Payoff 30 Jul 2015
I wrote a few months ago about United offering rewards for people that discovered security issues in the United Airlines software. Not the plane software, thankfully, but in their customer facing IT systems. Apparently a few people discovered flaws and were recently awarded frequent flyer miles, a ...