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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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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