Iain Kick

Iain
Kick

Iain Kick is a senior technical consultant at Computacenter for SQL Server. He has more than 10 years of experience working with SQL Server. He blogs at www.iainkick.com.

Articles
Step-by-Step Approach to Differential Backup and Recovery
DBAs have been reluctant to use differential backups in the past, but it’s a practice that DBAs need to understand and implement as databases grow larger.
Determining How Much Data Has Changed
If you’re not sure whether the data in your database changes a lot or a little, you can use the undocumented (and therefore unsupported) DBCC PAGE command to retrieve information from the differential bitmap page and display it in a readable format. The command’s syntax is:
DBCC PAGE ( {'dbname' | dbid}, filenum,

  pagenum [, printopt={0|1|2|3} ])

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