Many DBAs and systems administrators are intimidated by the idea of SQL Server clustering. But by breaking the process into these six manageable steps, you can set up a clustered environment to provide high availability for SQL Server.
Linked servers, the core technology in SQL Server 2000 distributed partitioned views, let you use distributed queries to query a SQL Server or non-SQL Server database as if it were on the local server.
Extended stored procedures are a useful way to display information about files or your system. Any noninteractive program you can write in C or C++, you can write as an extended stored procedure as long as it's compiled as a DLL file.
In SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0, Microsoft ships a set of stored procedures that let you use a one-line cursor query for querying the master database for all tables or databases and performing an action on the results.
Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time....More
What should most database administrators be doing on a regular basis? Here's a comprehensive list from Michael K. Campbell of many of the things DBAs typically do on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis....More