Any and all opinions expressed on this site are mine and mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer or any other business associate.

Also, I'll repeat, these are opinions. There is very little in SQL Server that is an absolute truth. Even for those things that are, I am not infallible, and nothing here should be taken as gospel. In most cases I am simply sharing what I have observed, what worked for me, or what the voices in my head suggested – you alone are responsible for determining whether you should take anything posted here and use it in your own environment. Especially without testing it in a non-production scenario first.

The copyright at left is just a lame attempt to prevent scrapers from copying my content and posting it as their own. I of course am providing this content for the benefit of the community, and hope that you can derive value from this for use in your own work – be it actual production implementation, your own blog, or anything in between. If you are so inspired by something I've written, though, please attribute properly to Aaron Bertrand as described in CC BY-SA 3.0 US. I don't want or need accolades or back-pats but, if you use something from here in your own work, please include a reference to the post or, you know, buy me a coffee.

Many articles posted in the main feed are just stubs pointing to articles I've written elsewhere, on sites I don't control. The above still applies as much as it possibly can, even though I don't have the power to post my own disclaimers on those other properties and, even if I could, mine are likely overridden by theirs. I have no grounds to pursue you, and I think I've only sent one cease & desist in my career, but I do hope you will respect my wishes.

By: Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a husband, a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him.