PowerShell script to update Azure firewall rule

I’ve recently moved house, and as a result had to change my broadband plan from cable to ADSL (sad face). This also means I’ve gone from having a fixed IP address to a dynamically assigned one. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, except when it comes to connecting to the several Azure …

Benchmarking I/O: The test rig

Work has been a little crazy lately, but I’ve still been wanting to do some I/O performance testing since we’re due to get some new servers in soon and I wanted to be able to compare apples with oranges. So this past weekend I decided to combine something I’ve been …

Do you want a job? Then don’t do this…

We’re always looking for good “database folk” (i.e. DBA’s or database developers).  Its fair to say that the pickings have been pretty slim for some time now, but we still get a constant trickle of applications that make me want to laugh (and sometimes cry). Here are a few “pain-points” …

Public speaking jitters

The week before Easter, a colleague and I presented at the Wellington SQL Server User Group.  It was a first for each of us, and its fair to say neither of us was jumping with joy at the idea of it.  To ease into it we did a few things which …