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

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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From the Blogs
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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