Brad McGehee

Brad M. McGehee is a MCITP, MCSE+I, MCSD, and MCT (former), and, until recently, the Director of DBA Education for Red Gate Software. He is now the editor of the SQL Server Central Stairway series. Brad is also an accomplished Microsoft SQL Server MVP, with over 16 years SQL Server experience and over 7 years training experience. Brad is a frequent speaker at User Groups and industry events (including SQL PASS, SQL Server Connections, devLINK, SQLBits, SQL Saturdays, TechFests and Code Camps), where he shares his 16 years of cumulative knowledge and experience. A well-respected name in SQL Server literature, Brad is the author or co-author of more than 15 technical books (freely available on SQLServerCentral) and over 275 published articles.

29 December 2008
29 December 2008

SQL Server 2008: Performance Data Collector

With Performance Data Collector in SQL Server 2008, you can now store performance data from a number of SQL Servers in one central location. This data is collected by a collection set on each server and stored in a shareable management data warehouse (MDW). Reports can be generated from this data using the built-in reports or generating your own with reporting Services. Brad McGehee explains more. … Read more
29 November 2008
29 November 2008

How to Hone Your DBA Skill Set

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In this article, we examine the various ingredients that will help you establish a successful career as a DBA, and then contribute to your long-term career success. Formal Education – you don’t need a degree in database administration, but a solid computer technology background will help Getting Experience – getting experience as a new DBA … Read more
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04 November 2008
04 November 2008

Tech-Fest of Champions: How to run a community IT conference

Everybody who attended seems to speak well of the IndyTechFest. It is a great example of how to organise a free local conference for IT people who wish to increase their skills and knowledge. So how is it done? Brad McGehee decided to find out by talking to one of the organisers, John Magnabosco who blogs here on Simple-Talk.… Read more
30 October 2008
30 October 2008

Characteristics of the Exceptional DBA

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In this blog entry, I’d like discuss and explore the characteristics that define an Exceptional DBA. Few DBAs will have all these characteristics, but the best DBAs will have most of them. Enjoys Technology If you are reading this blog entry, then I think I can reasonably assume that you already enjoy technology, a key … Read more
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31 August 2008
31 August 2008

Get a Free Copy of My New E-Book: Brad’s Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008: The Top Ten New Features for DBAs

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I have just finished writing a new E-Book, and it is available free from Red Gate Software at the following URL: http://www.red-gate.com/specials/ToolbeltBradsure.htm The goal of my new 112 page book is not to teach you everything you need to know about SQL Server 2008. If that was the case, it would be about 10 times … Read more
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