Tim Ford

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+.

CTP 2 of SQL Server 2016 Now Available 2
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.
IT/Dev Connections Call for Speakers in its Waning Hours

2015 Call For Speakers at IT/Dev Connections is Winding Down

Though technically the Call for Speaker's for this year's IT/Dev Connections Conference at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas closed yesterday I've persuaded the Powers That Be to leave the window on submissions open through tomorrow.  I do know how my fellow SQL Server Professionals love to take their time to mull over their abstract opportunities and get their sessions just right before submitting.

SQL Server Management Studio Requires Modernization 6
SQL Server Management Studio is over 10 years old and little has been done to accommodate growth and feature enhancements in the SQL Server platform. The time has come for Microsoft to invest in it's future as the core client tool for it's flagship data platform.
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
May 18, 2015

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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