Joseph Sack


Joseph Sack is a principal consultant, author, and trainer at He is a SQL Server 2008 and 2005 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and was the SQL MCM program manager from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as a premier field engineer.

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Getting Started with Transactional Replication 1
Although the learning curve for implementing transactional replication in SQL Server might seem intimidating, you can make significant headway by learning about the components involved and practicing basic deployments.
Put the Hammer Down 2
The Database Hammer, a SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit tool, gives you the power to stress-test your database under the most grueling conditions. Couple it with some performance monitor counters for even better performance data.

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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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