Joseph Sack

Joseph
Sack

Joseph Sack is a principal consultant, author, and trainer at SQLskills.com. 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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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
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