Tim Ford

Tim
R.
Ford
Owner,
SQL Cruise

Tim Ford is Senior SQL Server Database Administrator at Survey Monkey, the owner of SQL Cruise, and a senior contributing editor to SQL Server Pro. He's a data professional, author, and community leader whose technical passions lie in creative solutions for managing and presenting data with more than 15 years of experience as a healthcare database administrator, architect, team leader and consultant. Ford 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, Ford has oversight of the SQLSaturday program bringing free SQL Server, business intelligence, business analytics, Powershell, Excel, and professional development training to global audiences. Ford 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 Ford on Google+.

Articles
Identifying SQL Server Logins without Default Database Users
Have you run into a connection issue in SQL Server where you have a valid login and password yet still can't connect to the database? It may be because your login doesn't have a user assignment in its default database (whether that this the database you're querying or not.) Read on to see how this happens and how to identify and correct it.
Identifying Logins with Default Database Connectivity Issues in SQL Server
You've a valid login and password. You've rights to the database you're trying to query. You've verified the sids (unique identifier for a SQL Server login and a database user) match. That's all that is needed to run a query on your database given you have no network issues between you and the database server right? Wrong. In this article Tim Ford looks at another way in which you or your customers may not be able to reach their data and provides a script for identifying those logins that may be involved.
How Old Are Your Backups? 4
Do you want a quick view into how old your backups are or if you're missing any backups on your SQL Server instances? Here is a query for determining just that.
Querying Secure Information from a Restored Master Database Backup
I was recently asked if it was possible to get security information from a restored copy of the SQL Server master database. This article touches on just how easy it is to get information about that and other things from a restored copy of master and without rights in the original master database.
SQL Server IO Analysis Part 1
The SQL Server Dynamic Management Objects provide a wealth of information about performance within the internal structures of Microsoft SQL Server. In this series Tim Ford will start with identifying the base Dynamic Management Function involved in collecting IO baselines. In subsequent articles in this series he'll expose collection, benchmarking, statistical analysis and reporting of the metadata collected for use in root cause analysis as well as in refuting misconceptions about performance issues rooting themselves in "poor storage performance rather than burdensome untuned queries.
Quick T/SQL Tip: Parsing Drive and File Information in SQL Server 1

Parsing full physical file names for information is one of those tasks a Database Administrator finds they do on a semi-frequent basis; from looking up SQL Agent Job output paths or reviewing database file metadata.  Recently, I found myself updating a SQL Server Reporting Services report which provides SQL Agent Job failure history to the DBA Team.  I was adding functionality that would include the output file for any job hitting the report.  This allows the DBA to troubleshoot the failure details without having to navigate to the job on the instance and pull

Microsoft Announces Enterprise Edition Features Across all Editions of SQL Server 2016
Major announcements from Scott Guthrie of Microsoft at the 2016 Connect Conference concerning enterprise edition features availability and SQL Server on Linux.
Don't Panic: Busting a File Space Myth
Just because a data file is almost out of space doesn't mean it's going to endure an auto-grow event.
PASS Summit 2016 Women in Technology Luncheon
Kelly Lockwood Primus, SVP, Strategic Client Solutions at Leading Women, was the keynote speaker at the annual PASS Women in Technology Luncheon that took place at the recent PASS Summit. Her talk was titled Leadership, The Missing 33%TM and Career Success for Women and presented research identifying nine critical differentiators for moving from middle management into senior and executive positions.
One Month Free Trial for Azure Data Warehouse
Looking to test out Microsoft Azure Data Warehouse? How about doing so for free for one month?
Microsoft Announces Azure Analysis Services Preview at PASS Summit 2016
The PASS Summit - the largest conference for Microsoft Data Professionals - kicked off the 2016 event in Seattle today with a number of exciting announcements; including news about Analysis Services availability on the Azure cloud platform.
Sending Results of DBCC CHECKDB SQL Agent Job Via Email
Sending the results of DBCC CHECKDB is not too difficult but there is a couple of things that, if you've not dealt with before, will serve as issues with successfully architecting a solution.
How to Set Up SQL Server Database Mail in One Easy Script
Database Mail in Microsoft SQL Server allows for messaging to occur between SQL Server and anyone with a valid email address. It can be daunting to set up through SQL Server Management Studio but by using the SQL Server Template in this article you'll find you can do so in just a few minutes.
Comments
Identifying Orphaned Logins
January 5, 2017

I'm always looking for ideas for articles. I just saw this comment and will write something up specifically to address this question for you Shankar. Stay tuned. Will get it...

How Old Are Your Backups?
January 5, 2017
Hi David and happy new year to you as well. I'm making use of template parameters in the script in the area you're referring to. To better understand template params check out...
What Every Accidental DBA Needs to Know Now: Backups
September 13, 2016

Thank you for such a kind comment. You don't know how we authors appreciate the feedback. Usually we feel we just send these articles out into the wild and never hear anything...

Top Insights You Can Gain from the Usage Stats Dynamic Management View (Part 1)
February 8, 2016

Good point. I'll edit the script to note that and also provide an alternate for older versions back to 2005. Thanks.

Identifying Query Text and Graphical Execution Plans in Active Queries
December 10, 2015

Anggara, this works fine when I copy and paste it into SSMS. There is nothing to fix syntactically. Can you tell me what version of SQL you're running and the collation...

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