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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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