Tim Ford

Tim
R.
Ford
Owner,
SQL Cruise

Tim Ford is an independent consultant and the owner of SQL Cruise. He's a data professional, author, and community leader whose technical passions lie in creative solutions for managing and presenting data with 15 years of experience as a healthcare database administrator, architect, and team leader. Tim is an advocate for proper design, performance, and security in that sphere of information technology where "good data" truly does save lives.

Currently on the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Board of Directors, Tim has oversight of the SQLSaturday program bringing free SQL Server, business intelligence, business analytics, Powershell, Excel, and professional development training to global audiences. Tim regularly provides content on database-related topics, professional development sciences and general technology commentary for SQL Server Pro, MSSQLTips, Simple-Talk, SQLServerCentral, and his own site, thesqlagentman.com.  

He's authored a book on Dynamic Management Objects with Louis Davidson and provides commentary and content in his own voice (and in 140 character bursts) on Twitter as @sqlagentman. Also, follow Tim on Google+.

Articles
SQL Server Management Studio Now Has Its Own Upgrade Path

A few months ago I wrote a plea to Microsoft to start the process of modernizing SQL Server Management Studio. As the main application/management tool for interacting with Microsoft's flagship database platform it has lagged behind all other advancement with the product.  Since 2005 when released as the evoloution of SQL Server Enterprise Manager it's only (apparently) been upgraded in order to provide base functionality added as features the SQL Server through (now) five releases: SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and now 2016. 

 

SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 Available for Public Download 1

June 24, 2015 marked a change in how Community Technology Previews (aka CTPs) are released for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.  In his May 27th blog post, CVP of SQL Server Development, T.K.

CTP 2 of SQL Server 2016 Now Available 5
Microsoft has released the second CTP of SQL Server 2016 to the public a week earlier than planned.
SQL Server 2014 Service (Revised) Pack 1 Now Available
The first service pack for SQL Server 2014 is available and incremented so you can differentiate between the initial (flawed) release and the correct version you should be evaluating for deployment.
The Microsoft Ignite Keynote and the End of the DBA Role (as We Know It)
Did information divulged about SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft's new mission in the Microsoft Ignite keynote signify the end of the DBA role as we know it?
SQL Server Public Preview Coming This Summer

The announcement was made this morning at the Microsoft Ignite keynote that a public preview for SQL Server 2016 will be released this summer.  "The next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform provides breakthrough performance for mission-critical applications and deeper insights on your data across on-premises and cloud,” Microsoft corporate vice president T.K.

Identifying Transaction Log Backup Gaps
Transaction log backups are critical for point-in-time recovery. If you're in full recovery mode you also better be sure to be backing up those transaction logs because it's the only way to keep your log files healthy and lean.
Looking for SQL Server 2014 SP 1... Hold Off a Bit Longer
Microsoft released service pack 1 for SQL Server 2014 on April 15, 2015. Why can't we download it though?
Who Will Be Attending HostingCon 2015?
Who will be attending HostingCon 2015?
2015 IT/Dev Connections Data Platform and Business Intelligence Track Sessions Announced
The 2015 IT/Dev Connections Data Platform and Business Intelligence sessions have been announced. We're taking a first peek at who will be providing knowledge and guidance at this year's event at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas.
Early Bird Discount and Full-Day Workshops for 2015 IT/Dev Connections
The IT/Dev Connections super early-bird discount ends on Tuesday, March 31st and it is the lowest price of the year.
Software Vendor Takes on SQL Injection 1
A Dublin company creates a solution claiming will prevent SQL injection attacks in web-based applications running Java.
Getting Started for Free with Amazon Web Services for SQL Server
Getting started with SQL Server in the Amazon Cloud is easy. It's also free for the first 12 months.
Three Methods for Identifying When the SQL Services Were Last Started
Do you need to know the last time the SQL Services were restarted? Find out about three options on how to do just that.
Building the Best Data Content Tracks for IT/Dev Connections
The call for speakers has closed and the time has begun to start crafting the best data tracks possible from the sessions that have been submitted. Here is a look into what we'll be bringing you this year at IT/Dev Connections.
Comments
CTP 2 of SQL Server 2016 Now Available
May 27, 2015

Ah, it appears there are benefits to being an MVP. MVPs get in today; public tomorrow!

Table Variable Tip
April 2, 2015

We're seeing this as a browser-agnostic issue and are working to fix it inside of the CMS. Thanks for letting us know!

17 Questions Every SQL DBA Should Ask Before Supporting a New Third-Party Database
January 18, 2015

Sure! db_owner allows you to grow or add a data or log file inside your database. That being the case imagine someone doing so at a size that fills up the associated disk...

When Will Key SQL Server Processes End?
July 10, 2014

Doh! I don't often get lyrics wrong, but you're absolutely right. How about we cap off the article with the following instead: "we CAN check out anytime we like AND we're...

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From the Blogs
Jun 10, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 26: Using Master Servers for Job Administration

When I initially decided to write about AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, I knew I’d have a bunch of different posts on a variety of different topics. To that end, I initially planned on this series of posts being comprised of 3 main parts:...More
New Power BI Designer unifies the “power” tools
Jun 3, 2015
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Power BI Preview Gaining Market Momentum

As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next....More
Evolution of SQL Server continues
Jun 3, 2015
Article

What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence 1

Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences....More
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