Gabriela Nanau


Gabriela Nanau is the DBA at the Cornerstone Group of Companies in Toronto. She's an MCDBA and MCITP Database Administrator.

Using a Variable to Store the WMI Data Reader Task's Output 1
In an SSIS package, you can use a WMI Data Reader task to obtain WMI data from servers. Here's what you need to do to store the task's output in a variable.
Use SSIS to Access WMI Data on Multiple Servers 3
Using SSIS's WMI Data Reader task, you can collect a lot of useful information about the hardware and software installed on your servers.
Improving the Index_Evaluation_USP Stored Procedure 2
Some refinements to Index_Evaluation_USP make this T-SQL stored procedure more effective and easier to use to identify tables without indexes, indexes that aren't being used, and indexes that aren't being used efficiently.

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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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