Welcome to my blog. This blog will hopefully help you in some way.  Whenever I have an issue and do an internet search, the majority of the time you find the answer on someone’s blog. You may think you are the only person having a problem, but the world is huge and more than likely, someone already has had the issue and posted a solution!

Some of you may think this information is too “easy”, but not everyone is an expert and there are more and more new users daily that need to know how to do things.  Therefore most postings will be about beginner–intermediate skill level topics.

Below are the 5 W’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ws  on why this blog exists: Who, What, Where, When, Why.

Who am I?

My name is Jim Salasek and as of 2020, I have been a SQL Server DBA for almost 9 years and an Oracle DBA for 22 years.

I have the following certifications:
MCSE SQL Server Data Platform

MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

Oracle OCP credentials from version 8 to 12c. In case you are keeping track: (8, 8i, 9i, 10g, 11g, 12c)


Why I started blogging?

I want to share and help others. Like I mentioned above, when I need help with a solution, most of the time you will find someone has already run into the same issue and figured out how to remedy it.
What will this blog be about?

I will write about technical challenges that I face during a normal work day. Posts will be about real life issues that need to be solved, and general hints and tips that hopefully make your life easier or point you in the right direction to investigate all of the things that can be done with the database and tools.

Most postings will be about SQL Server since that is what I am currently spending most of my work time on.

Topics will include: DBA tasks, TSQL, ETL/Data warehousing, some Analysis Server, and general hints and tips.


Where will all of this be taking place?

From sunny Ohio on my lab machine which hosts two Sql Server 2016 Developer Vms and one Oracle 12c VM.


When did I start blogging?

First post was January 1st 2017, and time permitting, new items will be posted monthly.