My name is John McCall, but I often use the handle LowlyDBA on sites like GitHub, Stack Overflow, and my personal site lowlydba.com.

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Microsoft Certified Professional

I’m a SQL Server DBA who has worked for years with companies ranging from large financial institutions to startup non-profits. My passion is finding ways to leverage data to create new and efficient possibilities in software that make the world a better place. I am also the owner of Express Databases, LLC which provides SQL Server based consulting services.

Over my career I have been able to learn so much from the SQL Server community members who consistently provide free advice, resources, and tools to other data professionals. This site is my opportunity to create something free and useful for the community as a thank you.

While almost every conceivable topic on SQL Server has been covered in great detail, an overall resource that addresses the many quirks of SQL Server Express does not exist. There are fragments of issues and questions scattered around message boards and forums, but until now there hasn’t been a single place to find most of that information.

My hope is that this site is useful for anyone using, learning, or weighing options about SQL Server Express. It is a fascinating and powerful free database engine that has earned a place of common usage for many software vendors and students.