Skip to main content

The Joy of Contracting

As you may or may not know I have been contracting since 2007, almost 4 years now and I have to say that it has been best business/career decision that I have made, even through the worst recession since the 1930's have managed maintain  paying work and hopefully ’touch wood’ that continues in the future.

I had an experience recently where a deal went wrong, this is the first time in my contracting career that a real 'bad thing' happened to me. Basically a deal went bad when I thought it was signed and sealed. I'm not going to go into the ‘nitty gritty’ of it here, but it did get me thinking about contracting, running a business and how it differently things play out compared to permanent employment. In hindsight and on reflection there is very little that I could have done to prevent this deal going bad. I did though want to learn from it.That gave me an idea that maybe I could write a little about my contracting experiences to help others who may be trying to do the same thing as myself.Contracting is all about making the deal

So with that in mind I have launched a sub-domain on my blog where I will talk about contracting, this will generally be a UK focused but I'm sure there will be something to help contractors and business owners  who live and work outside the UK. Also I'm not going to re-invent the wheel either, there are some other good sites out there that will  cover an issue better than me I will happily re-direct you there for more information. 

The contracting side of this blog will not be included in my blog main feed, you will need to subscribe to it separately. I have done this because most of the readers of my main blog are there because I write predominately about SQL Server and I do not want to dilute or mix-up the contracting stuff with my SQL Server writing.

My contracting blog can be found here if this is something that you are interested in, or even currently doing please feel free to subscribe to the feed, contributions, thoughts and opinions welcome.


Popular posts from this blog

SQL Server 2012 and Virtual Service Accounts

This post is written by David Postlethwaite
If you are using SQL Server 2012 you will probably have noticed that the default account for the SQL services has changed from that used in previous versions. With SQL 2005 and 2008 the default account for SQL service and SQL Agent service was “NT Authority\System”. This is one the built in accounts on a Windows machine, managed by the machine and selectable from a dedicated dropdown list

The Network Service account was introduced in Windows 2003 as an alternative to using the LocalSystem account, which has full local system privileges on the local machine, a major security concern.
The Network Service has limited local privileges easing these security concerns but when many services on a machine use the Network Service account it becomes harder to track which service is actually accessing resources and performing actions, because all the services are using the one Network Service account.
Also, this account, by default, has sysadmin per…

Always Encrypted

By David Postlethwaite

Always Encrypted is new features in SQL Server 2016 and it is also available in Azure SQL Database. Here you can encrypt columns in a table with a master key and a certificate so that they will appear as encrypted strings to those who don’t have the required certificate installed on their pc.
Once the certificate is installed on the computer then the unencrypted data can then be seen as normal.

The data passes from database to your application as the encrypted value, only the application with the correct certificate can unencrypt the data so it is secure across the wire. This will go some way to resolving the concern of people worried about putting their sensitive data on a shared server in the cloud such as Microsoft Azure and accessing the data across the Internet.

At the time of writing Always Encrypted is only supported with ADO.NET 4.6, JDBC 6.0 and ODBC 13.1 but expect other driver to become available.

The calling application (including SSMS) must also hav…

How to Setup Kerberos Correctly

David was in Copenhagen this weekend delivering his Kerberos talk Taming the Beast: Kerberos for the SQL DBA to SQL Saturday Denmark. I have had a quick chat with him via email since he got back and he said he had a great time. The event was very well attended with 280+ attendees and his talk was well attended.

I think David is planning submitting a few sessions to SQL Saturday events in Europe in the next few months so look out for him there and we'll keep you posted as to his whereabouts when schedules get finalised later in the year.

David has pre-recorded his Kerberos talk. You can watch on you tube and I have also embedded it in this post if you want to see what his kerberos talk  covers...

If we can help you with a SQL Sever problem visit our SQL Server Consulting page or contact us