Friday, 13 November 2015


Hi and many thanks for visiting my blog!!

This blog is all about my day to day job as a Microsoft SQL Server DBA, and all the fun and games that go with it!

A little bit about me.

I'm a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and have worked with SQL Server for quite a few years now and I have the hair loss to prove it!  

I started out in IT life many moons ago as a Software Developer working with Visual Basic 5/6 and from there I moved on to the .NET revolution which involved a fair chunk of SQL development.  I refer to this phase of my career as the "bad habit" years.

Eventually I was given the opportunity to take up the position of DBA and despite not really knowing what it entailed took on the challenge of looking after a handful of SQL Server 2005 instances.

Not surprisingly I found the role quite overwhelming at first.  There were so many new and exciting things to learn and quite a lot of broken things to fix too and of course there was lots and lots of advice on the internet about how best to look after my SQL Servers.  Some of it was good and some of it not so good, and a little bit of it was quite frankly dangerous!  

So that's where the SQL Clarity title came from.  What I want to do with this blog is to give an accurate insight into what DBA's do on a daily basis.  So I'll be sharing real world examples and scenarios, from setting up a clustered SQL instance to performance tuning.  I'll be posting the scripts that I use, hints and tips that I've picked up along the way and some of the other bits and pieces that I find useful.

I'll also be keeping up to date with the world of SQL Server sharing updates and information from many of the experts out there in the SQL community.

Happy reading.


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