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Grant, Florida, United States
I have been in the technology industry for almost 10 years always jumping at the opportunity to learn something new. I founded the Space Coast SQL Users Group to keep me from getting obsolete. When I am not in “Tech-Mode” I love spending time with my family golfing, bowling, boating, fishing, scuba diving, motorcycling and whatever else we come up with.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. - Dalai Lama.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. -Ralph Waldo Emerson. Reply to comment.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Raph Waldo Emerson. Reply to comment, or "like" to like.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse They can because they think they can. - Virgil.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse A man is what he thinks about all day long. - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Reply to comment, or "like" to like.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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Melinda Jean Lagasse It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them. - J. Petit Senn. Reply to comment.

Friday, December 11, 2009

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Melinda Jean Lagasse It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt. Reply to comment, or "like" to like.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sanrafaele for the blind

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Charli McCleary

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Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

This is a wonderful school. http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/ I know because my niece Charli McCleary and nephew Ryan McCleary attend this school. As a matter of fact Ray Charles attended this school. Their mother, my sister, Mo McCleary is a software engineer that is also visually impaired. All three of them have optic nerve atrophy, basically the vision they have is doesn't get them far in this visual world, everyone reads braille and no one can or will drive a vehicle. Mo being the strong competitive individual that she is, has no tolerance for pity or excuses, and absolutely will not tolerate her children sitting in a dark corner silently. Her husband Al McCleary supports and encourages them 100% . Mo and Al have been together for 23 years. They provide an educationally enriching environment for both of their children, promoting all actives that sight is not required. Amazingly enough sight is not essential for a lot of activities such as Judo, unicycling, and believe it or not operating a computer. With the help of Windows eyes, Jaws and other screen reading software computer technology is an attainable goal.
I know that Charli and Ryan are living proof that with the proper training and encouragement a future in computer technology is not unreachable or unrealistic for them. However the challenge is getting individuals that can keep up with the technology that is available for the visually impaired children and share this with the children so they to can shine and be productive members of society.
My goal is to see what I can do to close the gap and get the information and technology to these children . You don't need eyes to comunicate or think.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Women in technology lunch had incredible information
see ignite
Women in technology lunch had incredible information
see ignite

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Melinda Jean Lagasse Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. - Leon J. Suenes

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Proffessional Profile

Bernadette Allard, BS, MCITP: DBA

4750 US Highway 1 PHONE: 321 474 3475
Grant, Florida 23949 bonnieallard@earthlink.net



Professional Profile:
Self-motivated leader with a broad skill set including application implementation, database administration, and Cisco VOIP. The last 2 years have a primary focus on MS SQL Server obtaining necessary certifications and experience required for proficiency. I devote much my personal time attending SQL users groups and conferences like SQL Saturday to continue building upon my knowledge base. I am seeking a full time Database Administration appointment with which to challenge and increase my knowledge.

Professional Organizations Served:
• Space Coast Credit Union – Application Support Analyst II (2004-current)
• Dictaphone – Senior Diagnostic Analyst (2000–2004)

Accomplishments and Experience:
MS SQL Server Experience:
• Installing and configuring SQL Server 2000, 2005, and 2008
• Migrated critical application databases from SQL Server 2000 to a SQL Server 2005 cluster.
• Shrinking critical application databases prior to migrating to new server
• Creating new databases
• Configure user security for new software implementation
• Configure and schedule maintenance jobs in SQL Server Agent 2000 and 2005
• Implementing and scheduling SSIS packages
• Backup and restore procedures
• T-SQL, Activity Monitor, Profiler and Performance Monitor and other diagnostic commands
Telephony/VOIP:
• CUCM and UCCX Administrator
• Project lead on upgrade from version 4 to 7
• Project lead on conversion from Nortel PBX to Cisco VOIP
• Create and maintain Cisco telephony applications including scripting

Technical Help Desk Supervisor:
• Created and supervised a team of technical professionals responsible for supporting over 500 end users in 33 locations
• Required the production of detailed and accurate documentation to guarantee quality end user support
• Provided hands on technical assistance and advice when needed

Additional Skills and Experience:
• Point of escalation for all complex technical issues
• Provide after-hours support monitoring all systems vital to production
• Adept at collecting and developing requirements, identifying risk, producing the solution, and managing the life cycle of software.
• Propose enhancements to work methods or procedures in order to improve process efficiency and/or the quality of results
• MySQL, VBScripting, Visual Studio, DotNetNuke
Education:
• Florida Metropolitan University
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Science, Cum Laude
Professional Development:
• Brevard Community College – Database Techniques & Management
• Microsoft Certified Professional – Microsoft SQL Server 2000
• Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Microsoft SQL Server 2005
• SQL Saturday #8, #10, #15, #23, #32
• Orlando .NET Code Camp - 2009
• SQL Share – SQL Server Integrations Services
• PASS Summit - 2009
• Space Coast SQL Users Group - Group founder and board member

Friday, June 5, 2009

MySQL

I have been putting off getting to know MySQL for sometime.....had to finally go there. Found it easiest to download the management tool from: http://www.mysql.com/
then I had to adjust the credentials on the server to allow access. Added a myself and gave myself necessary permissions to access the DB. I found this better then working directly on the server like you would work with SSMS. Querying was similar to MSSQL, just extremely scaled down.

Whos using the database

SP_WHO and SP_WHO2

These commands return information regarding the connections to the SQL Server.
SP_WHO2 returns more details such as date and time and CPU usage.

This can be useful when you are trying to determine if anyone is on. You will see the machine name and logged on user, as well as the database that is connected to the specified application.

DB information

Task pad
An option in 2000 that shows an overview of the database such as the size of the file, date and time of last back up. Option is located on the view menu from the tool bar.

Later versions of SQL have Reports, available by right clicking on the db and selecting reports. Reports are customizable, and more detailed.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

shrink the database

Shrink data files process

Think about an 8 oz cup that is only holding 1 oz of water. You can use a 4 oz cup to hold the water and it would be easier to store. You must consider why the decision was to us an 8oz cup to begin with. Often a large purge creates a half empty cup. Once the need has been established, below are the steps that I took to shrink a 30gb file that only needed 4gb of space.


1.
Review the transaction log size prior to the shrinking process.

USE YOURDB
GO
SELECT *
FROM sysfiles
WHERE name LIKE '%LOG%'
GO


2.
Set the database recovery model to 'simple'.

USE YOURDB
GO
ALTER DATABASE YOURDB SET RECOVERY SIMPLE
GO


3.
Issue a checkpoint against the database to write the records from the transaction log to the database.

USE YOURDB GO
CHECKPOINT
GO


4.
Ttruncate the transaction log.

USE YOURDB
GO
BACKUP LOG YOURDB WITH NO_LOG
GO





5.
Record the logical file name for the transaction log to use in the next step.

USE YOURDB GO
SELECT Name
FROM sysfiles
WHERE name LIKE '%LOG%'
GO

6.
Free the unused space in your transaction log and return the space back to the operating system, shrink the transaction log file.

USE YOURDB
GO
DBCC SHRINKFILE (YOURDB_New_Empty_Log, 100)
GO


7.
Review the database transaction log size to verify it has been reduced.

USE YOURDB
GO
SELECT *
FROM sysfiles
WHERE name LIKE '%LOG%'
GO



To Shrink the DATA File

8.
Review the DATA File size prior to the shrinking process.

USE YOURDB
GO
SELECT *
FROM sysfiles
WHERE name LIKE '%DATA%'
GO

9.
Shrink the DATA File in MB to the size you want the file to be, it can’t be smaller than the actual file.

USE YOURDB
GO
DBCC SHRINKFILE (YOURDB_New_Empty_Log, 100)