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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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
Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
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