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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen has been a SQL Server DBA since 1999, most enjoying performance tuning and development but also working with SSIS, SSRS to provide suitable business solutions. He is SQLSouthWest PASS Chapter Leader, blogs for Simple Talk, is a forum moderator at ask.sqlservercentral.com and is on Twitter. If you would like to find your nearest user group or just want to say hello then he would love to get an email from you.

03 March 2013
03 March 2013

SQL Saturday Exeter is next weekend

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  There is still time to register for the Friday and/or Saturday, follow the links below and join us for 2 days of great SQL Server training (8th and 9th March). If you are already registered then you you may be interested in this brand new Windows Phone app for organising your SQL Saturday schedule … Read more
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05 January 2013
05 January 2013

Keeping sysinternals up to date

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Pretty much anyone in the IT business should know about sysinternals tools. They are a set of tools written by Microsoft staff that give administrators and support staff an inside edge on system management and diagnostics. You can get the full details at sysinternals.com, there are over 80 tools that help in so many ways … Read more
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20 August 2012
20 August 2012

48hrs in Cambridge.

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In just over 2 weeks something pretty big in the SQL Server Community in the UK is taking place. We are going to witness the first SQL Saturday on these shores. The event is running in Cambridge, the home of the SQL Cambs user group and the chapter leader there (Mark Broadbent) is the lead … Read more
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13 August 2012
13 August 2012

Customising your monitoring

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If you are anything like me you’ve always been the sort of person that likes to take things apart and see how they work. For me it started with my first toys and then my bikes and then my cars. Customising these things made them better and also just a little bit more ‘mine’. I … Read more
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27 June 2012
27 June 2012

Database IDs

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Just a quick post, mainly to test out the new blog format but related to a question on the #sqlhelp hashtag. The question came from Justin Dearing (@zippy1981) as: So I take it database_id isn’t an ever incrementing value. #sqlhelp When a new database is created it is given the lowest available ID. This either … Read more
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26 September 2011
26 September 2011

PASS UK Regional Mentor

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I have just had an email from Mark Ginnebaugh welcoming me to the role of PASS UK Regional Mentor. This was a role previously carried out by Simon Sabin but he has recently stepped down due to other pressures on his time so Chris Testa O’Neill and I have been appointed. There are 16 user … Read more
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08 July 2011
08 July 2011

It’s good to be a little bit scared

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How many times have you read or heard that phrase from someone about to embark on some endeavour? A stand-up comedian, a stunt-man, a sports person, each preparing for a big event where they are putting themselves at some risk, challenging themselves physically, mentally or psychologically in some way. Well, I can’t say that I’m … Read more
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31 March 2011
31 March 2011

Comments – What’s that?!!

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LiveJournal Tags: tsql,comments,tips and tricks,how to This blog entry is not one of mine. I have the pleasure of sitting back and letting someone else do the work! Ladies and gentlemen, this blog is written by ….. my wife! I have recently changed job, in my previous job our Senior DBA, also my husband, and … Read more
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