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Saturday, January 29, 2011

SQL Saturday #60 - 2 Firsts in 1 Day

This coming Saturday (2/5/2011) the SQL user group I am a part of, Ohio North SQL Server User Group, will be hosting its' first SQL Saturday #60.  It's been a lot of fun helping to organize what I know will be a great event.  We've got speakers coming from all over along with many great local speakers and the session lineup is amazing.  If a day of free SQL Server training from some outstanding speakers isn't enough to get you to come to Cleveland in February, check out the Allen White's (Blog | Twitter) Top Ten Reasons to Come to Cleveland in February.  If that wasn't enough we also have a great after party planned at Wingz followed by SQL Karaoke at Grillers Pub.  Come join us for a great day of SQL Server, networking, and a lot of fun!

On a personal note, SQL Saturday #60 will be special for me for two reasons.  First, it will be the first SQL Saturday I've attended.  Second, it will be my first time presenting.  I'm presenting "Service Broker...What's That & How Do I Use It".  This will be a beginner level session where will take a look at what Service Broker is and how it works.  I'll walk through the setup and configuration along with some usage examples.  I'm really looking forward to presenting and getting my first presentation under my belt.  Hope to see you at SQL Saturday #60.

Monday, January 24, 2011

SQL Server Separation of Duties Framework 2.0 Released!

Last November at PASS I attended a session entitled "Si Se Puede! Achieving Separation of Duties with SQL Server" presented by Il-Sung Lee and Lara Rubbelke (blog | twitter).  Lara and Il-Sung discussed the separation of duties between the DBA and the sysadmin role and presented the SQL Server Separation of Duties Framework to help facilitate this.
Version 2.0 of the Separation of Duties Framework has just been released and it can help you create a controlled environment to manage permissions for various levels of DBA's and/or users.

Do you ever need to grant a user specific elevated permissions?  
What about granting some junior level DBA's the ability to unlock a login but not the ability to alter it?

Using the SoD Framework you can setup multiple roles with specific permissions and assign users to them as necessary.  This framework can help accomplish these tasks easily and in a controlled environment.  It's completely user definable and as of this release is capable of handling multiple tiers of users.  Check out
Lara's latest blog post for more information.  Check it out and leave us a comment if you have any questions or issues.

It's been a great experience working with Lara Rubbelke (blog | twitter) on version 2.0 of this framework and we are looking forward to continuing the development of this project.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year, New Resolutions

It's a new year...
  • I'll be married for 9 years in April
  • My oldest son will be 7 in November
  • My youngest son will be 4 in July
  • I'll be speaking at my first SQL Saturday in February (SQL Saturday #60 in Cleveland) and hopefully more afterwards
  • I'll have been at my current job for 4 years in September
New Resolutions
With a new year comes new resolutions.  In the past I haven't always stuck to my resolutions but this year, more than any other, I plan to.  These resolutions are important me and will help get me to where I think I want to be in life, so this year, more than any other in the past, I plan to accomplish them.  So, without further to do, in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2011.
  • Blog at lest once a month
  • Get out and run at least twice a week
  • Contribute as much as I can back to the SQL community that has given me so much
  • Continue to be involved with the Ohio North SQL Server User's Group
  • Be involved in my kids lives and have fun with them
Even though it's a bit late, Happy New Year to all.  I hope you have a great year!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello Blogosphere - Who I am & Why I'm Here

Short BIO
My name is Brian Davis and I've been in the IT field for almost 15 years.  I started as a developer working with FoxPro 2.6 for DOS/VFP 6/VB6, moving up through VFP7/8/9.  In 2003 the company I worked for asked me if I'd be interested in doing double duty as a developer and DBA.  I said yes and started working with SQL Server 2000 and never looked back.  Since then I've changed companies and became a full time database analyst.  I'm currently one of a handful of DBA's responsible for maintaining servers running everything from SQL 2000 to 2008R2.  I've also become involved with the SQL User Group here in Cleveland, OH.

Why Blog?
After being inspired by many people in the SQL Server community I've decided to start writing my own blog.  I've found more helpful tips and tricks than I can remember from blogs written by generous members of the SQL community.  My hope is that by blogging about my own experiences that I will be able to give something back to community that has helped me so much.

What to Expect Here?
My plan is to post about my experiences with SQL Server.  The pitfalls I encounter and the lessons I learn, along with any scripts/code that I've created or found useful.  I've already got a few blog posts lined up and will be working on them in the days and weeks ahead.  Along with that I've also been working on a plug-in for SSMS that I am planning to release.

Thank You!
Finally, I want to say thank you to the SQL community for all the support and information you've shared with me.  Without the community I wouldn't be where I am today.