SQL Server and Other Topics


I got my start with SQL Server in 1997 with SQL Server 6.5 at BellSouth Cellular. From that point on I've had the opportunity to work on Versions 6.0 to 2014. I specialize in Performance Tuning, High Availability and SQL Development. Contact me through this site or through my Twitter handle @SQLDiver

Okay, Okay, Already!

It has been more than a year since I blogged a word. Half of that is due to too much going on and half of that is due to wanting to move my blog to Microsoft. 


So let me start on the second issue, Microsoft is working to get their blog sites under "control" and decrease the amount of administration effort by Microsoft employees. That means that at this moment they aren't creating any new blog sites. It also means I procrastinated just enough time to totally miss the boat. 

Now the second part.  I've spent 26 weeks in Silicon valley, 20 weeks in Chicago, 4 weeks in Boston, 4 weeks in Philly and now Charlotte. During that time I moved twice, once to our condo in Seagrove Beach, FL and 5 months later into a house in Inlet Beach, FL. We still have a garage and a 10' x 20' full of boxes. Yes, we bought a house with about half the available square footage (including the basement in the original house). 


What have I been doing? I completed several Availability Group POCs, multiple "health checks" with hundreds of servers. A production hybrid AG and lots and lots of training. 


I've put together a CosmosDB presentation that I've given several times internal and external. I'm also putting together a CosmosDB demo as well as a Managed Instance presentation and demo. 


In coming weeks, months and years, I'm going to try to blog more of the tips and tricks that I'm using to build the AGs along with a lot of PowerShell code to improve your scripts. 

Now, what most of you want to hear. Yes, Microsoft is an awesome company to work for! Yes, I still can't believe that I work for Microsoft. The management so far have been amazing, it doesn't mean that there aren't those that forget about the work life balance. I'm lucky that my last two bosses, Shelly and Matt, have been great managers. I've been able to meet all of the management up the line between me and the 5th level above me, but a new one, and they've all been amazing. I actually had one of the senior managers ask to meet me. 


All in all, I should have joined earlier. Yes, I can make more money as an independent, but then I have to do so much more work. 


Best career decision ever. 

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