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.
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.
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.
Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time....More
What should most database administrators be doing on a regular basis? Here's a comprehensive list from Michael K. Campbell of many of the things DBAs typically do on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis....More