Leeds SQL Server User Group – 1 December 2016

Returned to the Leeds SQL Server User Group for the first time in a long time.  I previously worked in the office building that hosts the user group, and wow has it changed! Not only was it a long overdue return, but it was also my first time presenting at Leeds too.  Here are the Read more about Leeds SQL Server User Group – 1 December 2016[…]

Automate DACPAC refresh with PowerShell

I’m working on a project where we have recently started to use SSDT more and more. One feature I make use of, is Database References [http://schottsql.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/ssdt-external-database-references.html], and use DACPACs as the source of these references. To keep this simple for the distributed development team and have one version of the truth, I keep the DACPACs Read more about Automate DACPAC refresh with PowerShell[…]

Activity Monitor with % Prcessor time graph greyed out

SSMS Activity Monitor greyed out Processor graph

There have been a few posts about SSMS Activity Monitor recently. First Kendra Little (b | t) talked about why she doesn’t like it and then Guy Glanster (b | t) and Matan Yungman (b | t) also discussed the failings of Activity Monitor on their SQL Server Radio podcast – mainly it’s to do Read more about SSMS Activity Monitor greyed out Processor graph[…]

SSDT error SQL71501: Procedure: contains an unresolved reference to an object

I’ve recently started to use SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) a lot more in database development. And I must say that I’m quite impressed. Having previously used database projects in VS, and fought with msbuild, SSDT is much easier. If you are starting out with SSDT, then I can’t recommend enough that you read Jamie Read more about SSDT error SQL71501: Procedure: contains an unresolved reference to an object[…]

Why I am studying for SQL 2008 exams

I recently passed the Microsoft exam 70-451, earning myself the MCITP certification Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Database Developer 2008, and I’m often asked why am I actively chasing 2008 certifications especially when the SQL 2008 exams are due to retire at the end of July 2013 the SQL 2012 exams are now fully available, Read more about Why I am studying for SQL 2008 exams[…]