Meet Rod Colledge, #20 in our list of syndicated bloggers. When he first emailed us about getting syndicated, I told him that I’m a sucker for a SQL Server blog with a good sense of humor. Anybody who can work in Uma Thurman is a winner in my book, and naming the blog “Dirty Reads and Other Filthy Tales” is a bonus.
Rod wrote the soon-t0-be-released SQL Server 2008 Administration in Action for Manning, and if his blog posts are any indication, it should be a pretty good book. Check out these highlights from his blog:
- Top 25 DBA Worst Practices – each of these could be an article by itself. My favorite is #11, installing multi-instance clusters without thinking about the failover implications. Say you’ve got two physical nodes for the cluster, each with 16gb of ram. If you need to install three SQL Server instances, how much memory can you allocate to each instance in order to handle failover? In a two-node scenario this is easy enough to figure out, but start piling in more nodes and more instances, each with their own memory settings, and then it gets tricky.
- Suggested DBA Work Plan – Rod gives daily, weekly and monthly checklists for the DBA.
- Herding Cats: Dealing with Open-Ended Reporting Requirements – reports are never done, ever.
The whole blog syndication thing has really taken off, and it opens up a lot of options. For example, what would it be like to put together a monthly PDF magazine with the best recent blog posts? We’ve got some neat ideas – stay tuned.