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

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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