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.

16 September 2008
16 September 2008

Is the Internet Hurting Your DBA Career?

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In a recent survey conducted by Careerbuilder.Com, 22% of hiring managers said that they use social networking websites to research candidates for potential jobs, which is up from 11% in 2006. In addition, about one third of those said they discovered content that caused them to dismiss a candidate from consideration. Because of the increased … Read more
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05 September 2008
05 September 2008

Get Involved in the SQL Server Community

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One key trait I see over and over again in successful DBAs is their willingness to share their knowledge with others. Instead of just focusing on what their profession can bring to them, these DBAs also consider what they can bring to their profession. While at first this might seem contradictory (how can giving of … 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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29 August 2008
29 August 2008

Take Some Time this Fall to Boost Your Skill Set

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As DBAs, we have a lot to keep up with. While the most obvious new skill we need to master is SQL Server 2008 (including the Database Engine, SSIS, Reporting Services & Analysis Services), there is Windows 2008, server and SAN hardware technology, development skills, soft skills (such as project management & communications), and much … Read more
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28 August 2008
28 August 2008

DBA in Red

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Careers don’t always go to plan. I never actually planned to have my face appearing in advertisements on SQL Server and ASP sites around the Internet and in printed publications. In fact, it still takes me by surprise when I come across them. It really is me, and it is just one part of an … Read more
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20 June 2008
20 June 2008

How to Track Down Deadlocks Using SQL Server 2005 Profiler

It is irritating, sometimes alarming, for the user to be confronted by the 'deadlock message' when a deadlock happens. It can be a tiresome business to prevent them from occurring in applications. Fortunately, the profiler can be used to help DBAs identify how deadlocking problems happen, and indicate the best way of minimising the likelihood of their reappearance.… Read more