David Paul Giroux

David Paul

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.

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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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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