Thanks to everyone in attendance today at the Ohio North SQL Server User Group.  I was really impressed by the turnout tonight. Below is the blog entry Erin mentioned during the session regarding backup compression and TDE enabled databases.  I confirmed that this absolutely works and will adjust my presentation accordingly. Please find my presentation materials at the link on the top right of this page. TDE and Backup Compression: Together At Last  Read More →

This week started off in Nashville at the in.sight user conference and expo.  My team prepared 6 SQL Server presentations that went off great.  I couldn’t be prouder of my crew.  Back at home the rest of the team did a great job holding down the fort while shorthanded.  2 of my presentations were extremely technical in nature covering minimum maintenance on a SQL Server and index sargability.  Upon returning home the strangest coincidences occurred. On my first day back to work I received a case where a customer had gotten corruption in their database.  By the time the case made its way to meRead More →

I have been selected to present at SQL Saturday #615 in Baltimore!  I’m am honored, excited, and maybe a little scared.  Come see me (and a huge list of all star presenters) on May 6 at Loyola University in Columbia, MD. My session is “Full Text indexing!” or…”What is that service I never turn on?”.  In this session I’ll talk about what Full Text Indexing is, why it is a separate service, how to set it up, and how to use it.Read More →

Thank you to everyone that attended my class “SSMS Tips and Tricks: Shortcuts for Impatient DBAs”.  As promised, please find the scripts and links below. Session Scripts:   Session Links: Apex SQL Refactor – http://www.apexsql.com/free/ AutoHotKey – https://autohotkey.com SentryOne Plan Explorer – https://www.sentryone.com/plan-explorer sp_whoisactive – http://sqlblog.com/files/folders/release/tags/who+is+active/default.aspxRead More →

I’m about a day late to post this, but I hope a few of you saw me at the Ohio North SQL Server User Group last night.  I had a great time presenting on Window functions.  I hope to present again soon.   http://ohionorth.sqlpass.org/PastMeetings.aspx?EventID=5961  Read More →

And by “everyone” I mean maybe my wife and some of my employees who are looking for an opportunity to suck up. Welcome to my SQL Server blog.  Here I’ll be writing about SQL Server and related (sometimes unrelated) topics. My name is Eric Blinn and I am the Database Services Manager at TMW Systems in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  I have been working with SQL Server since 2003 in the transportation and insurance industries.  I have presented on SQL Server topics for the last 2 years at the In.Sight transportation conference and Ohio North SQL Server Users’ Group.  Today, I serve a wide ranging customer baseRead More →