Revisiting and Restarting

Today is a new day. I now have a domain (http://sqlpadre.com) and I now have an email address Robert@sqlpadre.com and I hope this is a new beginning. This morning I revisited my old blog posts and discovered that I am not very consistent at blogging. In fact I was pretty terrible. I hope to change that.

Many years ago, I tried to begin two different blogging series called “B2B: Back to Basics” and “8 Weeks of Indexes”. These series were stared over 6 years ago and completely lost steam…translation I dropped the ball. Couple that with the fact two new versions of SQL have been released plus SQL Database in Azure, my blog is way behind the time.

I hope this is truly the beginning of a new chapter for me. I hope to restart both these series, producing one post a week alternating the topics. I have even set reminders.

The first post will be an introduction to both topics and provide an outline of the up coming posts (hey, I’m trying to stay organized).

Quarantining is HARD!

For the last year (almost to the date), I have been working from home. At first I thought it would be temporary. I thought it would be “neat”. I thought I could be more productive since I would not be driving 2+ hours a day. Boy was I wrong!

Let me set the record straight, quarantining is HARD! Harder than going to the office. I do enjoy not being on the road for 2+ hours a day and I do enjoy not spending $150 in gas week (I drive a truck). Staying focused is not easy when you have 4 cats vying for your attention.

In November, I started a job with a new company that hired me as 100% remote. So, it seems I will be “quarantining” even after the quarantine period is over.

But, I am also going to do my best to get back on the preverible horse and ride! I do enjoy blogging and I have a tremendous amount of learning to do when it comes to PowerShell and Azure Cloud technologies.

In the coming week, I hope to outline a blogging goal for the next 3 months (baby steps). Hopefully, I can stick with this since I have 2 extra hours a week, right?

I hope to also get back involved in presenting topics to virtual groups, in person groups and conferences. Keep a loog out, you might find me here soon Data Architecture Virtual Group (davg.org). But, first comes baby step #1: time table/outline for blogging!

stay tuned.

Don’t forget me when I’m gone!

It has been almost exactly one year since my last post and quite frankly, I am embarassed, ashamed and down right just feeling close to failure.

But I hope to change that!

My last post announced that I was going to document my learning with PowerShell. Since then, SQL 2019 has been released and there are so many new “toys” with SQL! But before I go into that, I really must finish what I started.

Today, I not only downloaded SQL 2019 Developer Edition to install, but I also actually installed DB Tools for PowerShell!!!

Let’s get this Party Started!!!

Learning something new!

old-dog-new-tricks

You all know the old saying, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well I am here to tell you, I AM old (at least in the IT world) and I can learn new tricks.

After study, testing, studying and testing; I finally passed enough exams to earn my Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics Certification. (Yeah me!). This is not to brag and this was not required of my job, but a personal endeavor for me to complete it. Yes, I know some people put zero stock in MSFT exams and certificaitons and I understand that, but again this was a personal goal.

So what’s next?

I know in the IT world if you are not always learning something new you will be left behind and become a dinasaur real quick. Since my current job role is primarily “to keep the engine running” and we have over 100 instances of SQL; I felt I needed to expand my toolbelt. The first logical option is Powershell for SQL and DBAtools (http://dbatools.io)

I know there are 100s if not 1000s of blog posts about SQL Powershell, but I hope to document this learning (i.e. take notes) and hopefully I can retain some of this information, because you know I am getting old and such!