Monday Morning SQL Break – February 8, 2016

unicorn pirateIt’s Monday time for this week’s weekly blog and twitter round-up for last week. If you haven’t already, follow me on twitter (@StrateSQL). This is a good chance to catch up on data platform technology and career related information I’ve shared in the last week and activity on this blog.

Most Popular Article Shared

Last week’s most popular link is an article from a couple years ago from MSDN.  It covers some basic information that you should collect when there’s a problem with a failover cluster.  While fail-overs aren’t usually a common issue, it’s always good to be prepared in the event that one does occur.

Last Week’s Popular Posts

The most popular posts on this blog in the week are:

  1. 31 Days of SSIS – The Introduction (805)
  2. Get Just The Tools: SSMS Download (430)
  3. 31 Days of SSIS – Raw Files Are Awesome (1/31) (368)
  4. 31 Days of SSIS as a Book (295)
  5. Looking to SQL Server 2014 High Availability In Standard Edition (184)
  6. Security Questions: Difference Between db_datawriter and db_ddladmin? (140)
  7. Determining Filegroup for a Table (136)
  8. XQuery for the Non-Expert – Value (132)
  9. Security Questions: Removing Logins From Databases (116)
  10. 31 Days of SSIS – Generating Row Numbers (23/31) (112)

Last Week’s Top 20 “Reading” Links

Along with the most popular link, here are the top twenty items relating to SQL Server, technology and careers that were shared last week. If you missed them throughout the week, here’s the opportunity to get caught up on some items that other’s read after I linked them out.

  1. What data to collect from a SQL Server failover instance after a problem occurs [27 clicks]
  2. How To Charm Everyone At Your New Job [26 clicks]
  3. HDInsight + Hive vs BigQuery – A Detailed Comparison [19 clicks]
  4. Microsoft announces new data services for Azure developers [18 clicks]
  5. How many servers can one person manage? [18 clicks]
  6. Should You Give Honest Feedback About Your Manager? [14 clicks]
  7. 10 Secrets to Sounding Super Confident [13 clicks]
  8. Performance Comparison – Storing XML data in-row versus out-of-row [12 clicks]
  9. The Beginner’s Guide to Customer Support Language: How to Always Say the Right Thing [12 clicks]
  10. 8 Steps to Writing a Bio Like a Pro (Chris Brogan in Fact) [11 clicks]
  11. Viewing SQL Server Non-Clustered Index Page Contents [10 clicks]
  12. Expert Performance Indexing in SQL Server [10 clicks]
  13. What Amazing Bosses Do Differently [10 clicks]
  14. Spatial Index is NOT used when SUBQUERY used [10 clicks]
  15. Use FilterHashTable to Filter Event Log with PowerShell [10 clicks]
  16. Backyard Data Science [9 clicks]
  17. The Decision to Fail [9 clicks]
  18. 6 Surprising Insights Of Successful Employee Engagement [8 clicks]
  19. Attunity CloudBeam is Now Moving Data to Azure SQL Data Warehouse [7 clicks]
  20. Microsoft launches IoT Hub to ingest data from the physical world [7 clicks]

Last Week’s Posts From Previous Years

Sometimes the most useful content on a blog wasn’t written in the past week, it’s often other articles shared in the past that resonate with readers. Check out the following links that I published in past years over the past week:

  1. Ask the Unicorn: Why is it Important to Know Tables in Filegroups? (2013-02-01)
  2. DMV Version of sp_who2 (2009-02-04)
  3. UPDATE – ORDER BY and Deadlocking (2009-02-05)
  4. Change Trusted State of Foreign Keys (2009-02-06)
  5. PowerShell: Download List of SQL Server MVPs (2011-02-07)

Other Items Shared

Of course, no week would be complete without a few off-topic links. These have nothing to do with technology or your career, but they are interesting and worth a second look.

  1. The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older [41 clicks]
  2. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Blu-Ray Release Date Announced Read more at: [35 clicks]
  3. Inspiring! This Runner Stopped Just Yards From The Finish To Put A Collapsed Rival Out Of Her Misery [31 clicks]
  4. Newegg sues patent troll that dropped its case [20 clicks]
  5. Kevin Smith’s Cameo Revealed in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Read more at: [19 clicks]
  6. Suicide Bomber May Have Caused Explosion In Somali Jet [17 clicks]
  7. Woman Dies After Falling Into Industrial Dough Mixer [17 clicks]
  8. When Walmart Leaves Town [13 clicks]
  9. Does this ancient Greek statue show a laptop with USB ports? [10 clicks]
  10. Appeals court says first patent troll hit with fees under Octane must pay up [10 clicks]
  11. Death of a troll [9 clicks]
  12. The Useless Agony of Going Offline [8 clicks]
  13. Tim Cook says the Apple Watch is more popular than the original iPhone was [7 clicks]
  14. Coen brothers: diversity is important, the Oscars are not [6 clicks]
  15. The Best Teacher I Never Had [6 clicks]

Got something you think I should read and share, leave a comment below. Also, if you want to see all of the links that were tweeted out last week?

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