David Paul Giroux

David Paul
Giroux

David Paul Giroux is a DBA at Microsoft, where he supports hundreds of SQL Server machines for the Xbox Live and Zune online services. He's an MCITP: Database Administrator and MCITP: Database Developer for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005 as well as a MCDBA for SQL Server 2000.

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Intelligent Backups Revisited 3
Previously, David Paul Giroux presented a solution for automating transaction log backups. Here are two more tools—a solution for automating differential backups and a script for restoring transaction logs—to add to your toolbox.
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Intelligent Transaction Log Backups
Here's a transaction log backup solution that uses two SQL Server Agent jobs. Once you set it up, you never have to modify it because it intelligently executes. No matter whether the database is a principal or mirror in Simple or Full Recovery mode, the solution identifies the database's state and acts accordingly.
Pusher and QueryPusher Pick Up Where CMS Leaves Off
With the Pusher and QueryPusher utilities, you can execute queries, create objects, and perform actions against a list of SQL Server machines without the need for SQL Server 2008's Central Management Server (CMS).
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DBCC CHECKDB for Very Large Databases 3
Running DBCC can be problematic on VLDBs. Use the author's Admin/Worker Job approach to ease the process.
Utilities Assess Data-File Usage and Provide Commands So You Can Do Something About It 7
Here are two tools you can use to quickly determine the amount of free space in your databases' data files. Moreover, they provide commands that you can execute to decrease or increase the size of your data files.

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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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