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Looking for a DBA? Looking for a New Job?

Ryan Recruiter meet Dave DBA…As a contractor and consultant I get to speak to many agents and recruiters and over the years I have built up a relationship with several agents that I have worked with on several assignments. I constantly get phone calls and emails  about jobs that for one reason or another are not right for me at that particular time. These are usually permanent roles and working as a contractor and consultant means that I end up turning these down and moving on with my day.Earlier this year one of my clients got in touch and asked if I would help them look for a new permanent SQL Server DBA. For one reason or another they haven’t always been successful in getting good candidates to apply for their job vacancies.  The company in question are based in the South West UK. They had tried going to agencies directly but they had not had any luck finding suitable candidate. I said I’d happily post something out on twitter and LinkedIn and maybe a post on my blog and we’ll see …

SQL Server 2012 Books

SQL Server 2012 was released to manufacturing last week, you can download it from MSDN if you have subscription or it will be on general release from the 1st April.The last week has turned into SQL Server 2012 week in the SQL Server blog sphere and  here on gethynellis.com I am going  to follow suite with a few SQL Server 2012 posts of my own. In this short post I am going to look at some of the SQL Server 2012 books that you can pre-order on Amazon. Most of the books I list here  have SQL Server 2008 equivalents, that I have bought and read. This is the basis of my list. I have not read any of these SQL Server 2012 books yet. They are available for pre-order on amazon, most with a release date of May 31stProfessional SQL Server 2012 Internals and TroubleshootingProfessional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting ServicesSQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning 3rd EditionProfessional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 AdministrationAs you can see this is quite a short list, if there is book that…

SQL Server 2012 RTM–Are you waiting for SP1?

As you probably know by now SQL Server 2012 was launched last week, Microsoft had an online launch event that was pretty spectacular but  has also drawn some criticism following the event because the online platform initially struggled to cope with the load of 45,000 plus users. You can view the keynote and some of the sessions on the SQL Server launch website   We also had a release to manufacturing (RTM) this week. SQL Server 2012 is available to download on MSDN and has been available on there since the 7th March. SQL Server 2012 is on general release from the 1st April. If you follow the SQL Server community on twitter, you will no doubt have seen a fair number number of SQL Server professional have downloaded and installed SQL Server 2012 RTM in their ‘sandpit’ or ‘test’ type environments. I have seen a few tweets over the weekend that suggest people have downloaded and installed the new version in their own time, probably on their own test kit. These are the people who are inves…

First SQL Server 2012 Launch Event

I asked a few questions on twitter this morning after a friend of mine said they were have problems downloading RC1 of SQL Server 2012 – I wasn’t aware there was an RC1 which prompted my question and after some discussion on twitter it seems that I was right. If anyone knows to the contrary please leave a comment below. Thanks to @retracement@fatherjack and  @onpnt for taking the time to answer my question.The twitter conversation did bring up some other interesting comments too. Tomorrow is the first ‘launch event’ of SQL Server 2012. I’m not sure yet whether we are going to get an RTM version, another release candidate or nothing at all. From my twitter conversation it was obvious that nobody knows for certain when we will get an RTM of SQL Server 2012. Some thought it would be very soon with first launch event tomorrow, others remain unconvinced that it will be tomorrow, maybe later in the month or even later in the year. I guess time will tell.The ‘virtual’ launch event that is ta…

Reporting Services 2008–Books

I have had a few people ask me recently about books that I would recommend to help further develop your skills in using the Reporting Services. So I thought I’d put a list together here. My top 3 Reporting Services 2008 R2 books Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step, Book/CD Package by Stacia MisnerProfessional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services UnleashedI hope you find these useful, what is your favourite SSRS book?