Wayne Sheffield

My blog about SQL Server

You know, these 1 hour sessions that are at most SQL Saturdays are just too short sometimes – you just get going and bang! The times up. There’s only so much material that can be presented in just one hour. Recognizing this, last year my friend Jason Brimhall and I teamed up and created an […]

Well, here it is again. The second Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s T-SQL Tuesday. T-SQL Tuesday… that wonderful monthly blogging party started by Adam Machanic (Blog | @AdamMachanic). The intent is to get the entire SQL Community together on a monthly basis to blog about a common theme – to get each […]

You know, these 1 hour sessions that are at most SQL Saturdays are just too short sometimes – you just get going and bang! The times up. There’s only so much material that can be presented in just one hour. Recognizing this, last year my friend Jason Brimhall and I teamed up and created an […]

Well, here it is again. The second Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s T-SQL Tuesday. This month, Dev Nambi (blog | twitter) is hosting the party, and he has decided that the topic is to be on Assumptions. Specifically, he wants us to write about: A big assumption you encounter at work, one […]

You’re utilizing the database mirroring high-availability feature, configured to be in the High Safety mode with automatic failover, which means that the mirroring configuration includes having a witness server to ensure that the system can automatically switch over to the partner in the event of a failure of the principal. Under this scenario, if the […]

After installing SSAS, using the tabular model, you receive the error “The service cannot be started: The following system error occurred:  A required privilege is not held by the client.” when trying to start the service. Examining http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175371.aspx shows that the only security privilege needed for the SSAS service account is the “Log on as […]

Wow, what a month. On March 22, 2014, the SQL Saturday train came into Richmond VA (RVA). I was one of the organizers of the event, and what a ride we had. The rough part of the ride started off earlier in the week. A freak spring snowstorm rolled through the region. Richmond was spared, […]

There’s a new SQL Server user group starting up over in Lynchburg, VA. It’s first meeting is February 27, 2014 (6pm-8pm), and I’m honored to be presenting there for their kickoff meeting. I’ll be presenting “Table Vars & Temp Tables – What you NEED to Know!” Visit http://lynchburg.sqlpass.org/ for more info (abstract, directions) and to […]

On the second Tuesday of each month, the SQL Server universe all comes together to blog about a topic. Known as T-SQL Tuesday and started by Adam Machanic (Blog | @AdamMachanic), this month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic is hosted by friend and fellow MCM Jason Brimhall (@sqlrnnr) and he wants us to blog about bets. Specifically, […]

I’ve been using SQL Prompt for years. In September 2013, version 6 was released (quickly followed by 6.1 in late September and 6.2 in December ), so I thought I would highlight some of the new features available in it. So lets start off with a table to show the new features and what version […]