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Rodney Landrum


Rodney Landrum

A Very Quick Post on SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking

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*** Update – Just wanted to say that dynamic data masking has the potential of being a great feature and one I have been wanting for years. That point did not come across in the expediency of writing this post. **** I have a mere 5 minutes before I shutdown and deallocate my SQL Server 2016 […]

10 June 2015 7:18 pm by
Rodney Landrum

From C to Shining C – My Son’s Journey

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My oldest son is turning 22 this week, on Wednesday.  I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he said all he wanted was for me to sponsor his journey, Walk Across the World. He asked me to go check out the site he was putting together and what he plans to do […]

6 April 2015 10:49 pm by
Rodney Landrum

Upside Down Sizing

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At one point late last week I had a 4 bedroom house in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.  It was a nice two story home, with a swimming pool and game room, new appliances and two large oak trees out front and a fertile rose bush whose yellow roses bloomed 40 or more […]

9 February 2015 9:03 pm by
Rodney Landrum

Finishing at the Starting Line: The Screenplay

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Today I had a great idea for a screenplay. It was the kind of idea that made me want to stop everything I was doing and sit down and begin writing.  That was not feasible to do because my work day was just starting out and I had SQL Servers to attend to.  I am […]

28 January 2015 10:43 pm by
Rodney Landrum

The Target of Your Defection

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I was a bit nervous this morning. I had been tasked with adding two SQL instances back into a master/target (MSX/TSX) relationship so that they would receive updated job code that had a new DFS share backup maintenance plans. Why was I nervous? Well, nervous might not be the right word. I was challenged because […]

23 January 2015 10:53 pm by
Rodney Landrum

Setting Expectations and New Carpet

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We have been doing upgrades to our house recently and on a recent morning over coffee I told my wife how funny I thought it would be if we hired a crew to come install carpet in our bedroom but did not move all the furniture out first. And evil thought, yes, imagining the carpet […]

24 October 2014 12:11 pm by
Rodney Landrum

Wonder Twins at PASS Summit 2014

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It is Saturday afternoon in Orlando and as I type this, my wife, Karla,  is in St Louis attending SQL Saturday #333.   I have just finished my HoneyDo list and have been thinking about the upcoming PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle and all of the great memories there. I could tell you about the time […]

11 October 2014 7:14 pm by
Rodney Landrum

How Losing Weight Caused Me to Lose My MS Surface RT in Vegas

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My wife and I had just spent 3 terrifically hot days driving through the desert from Las Vegas to LA and San Diego. It was a couple of weeks ago today. I live in Florida and have to say I have not seen 109 degrees F (42.7778 C) in a very long time. I saw […]

29 June 2014 7:40 pm by
Rodney Landrum

How 10 Small Characters Tried To Ruin My Weekend

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I am sitting in a Starbucks in downtown Atlanta, Georgia this morning.  It is 11:17AM and I have been here since 9:35 AM. I will be here another 3 hours so I am finishing a few things, like this blog post, my presentation for this weekend in Costa Rica and a new SQLBeat Podcast.   By […]

25 April 2014 3:39 pm by
Rodney Landrum

Crime Scene Investigation: SQL Server

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“The packages are running slower in Prod than they are in Dev” My week began with this simple declaration from one of our lead BI developers, quickly followed by an emailed spreadsheet demonstrating that, over 5 executions, an extensive ETL process was running average 630 seconds faster on Dev than on Prod. The situation needed […]

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