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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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 16, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
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