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Welcome to my new blog.

My name is Paul Hewson and I work as a SQL DBA for a large insurance company in the UK. I have been working with SQL Server (almost) solidly since version 7 in 1999.

Having spent so much time learning from the large number of  fantastic blogs and websites out there I thought it was time to give something back to the DBA community by sharing hints and tips (snippets) that I have picked up over the years.

As this is brand new it is going to take me a little while to upload content so please be patient!

I hope that you find something useful here.



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