Allan Hirt

Allan
Hirt

Allan Hirt consults for and trains clients all over the world. He has written or co-authored numerous SQL Server publications; his latest book is Pro SQL Server 2005 High Availability (Apress). You can find him on the Web at www.sqlha.com.

Articles
The Essential Guide to SQL Server 2008 R2 for the DBA
In May 2010, Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2008 R2. More than just an update to SQL Server 2008, R2 is a brand new version
Acronis Recovery for MS SQL Server
If you prefer a GUI-based backup and recovery solution, and you have mostly standalone SQL Server instances, Acronis Recovery for MS SQL Server might just be the perfect product for you.
Compression Testing and Results
A description of the testing environment, method, and results for this comparative review.
SQL Server Backup Compression Shootout
A SQL Server expert takes a detailed look at three popular SQL Server backup compression tools.
Backup Compression and SQL Server 2008 1
Will SQL Server 2008 eliminate the need for a third-party backup compression tool?
Disk Configuration for Failover Clustering 3
About to implement failover clustering in your environment? One of your most important considerations will be the disk configuration. Here's how to get it right.
Getting Help - 19 Apr 2007
Hire someone to assist you in analyzing and assessing your SQL Server environment.
Outsourcing 2
Although consolidation might lead to outsourcing, your company will still need onsite senior-level DBAs.
SQL Server Consolidation
Learn what steps to take to assess your SQL Server environment and determine whether planning a workload consolidation makes sense.
Using Performance Monitor to Record Counters 1
You can use Performance Monitor to gather statistics if your company doesn’t have a centralized monitoring tool.

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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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