Kalen Delaney

Kalen
Delaney

Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 26 years and provides SQL Server training and consulting to clients around the world. Her most recent book is SQL Server 2012 Internals (Microsoft Press).

Articles
Is Perfect Software Possible?
Kalen discusses whether there should be a standard for the types of bugs or the number of bugs that are acceptable in a new product release.
SQL Server Makes Philanthropy Easy 2
Kalen discusses how the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives book, written by more than 50 SQL Server MVPs, benefits the War Child International Network.
How to 'Do' a SQL Server Conference Right
Kalen offers advice on deciding how to spend your time at the fall SQL Server conferences.
What Happens to Your Transaction Log in SIMPLE Recovery Model?
In this PASS Summit Unite 2009 Speaker Tip, Kalen Delaney explains how the transaction log behaves in the SIMPLE recovery model in SQL Server 2008.
Does Your Company Need a Full-Time DBA?
If your SQL Server environment doesn't require a full-time DBA, here's what you need to know to make sure you have someone with SQL Server knowledge on-call if necessary.
What’s a Little Education Worth?
As training numbers dip because of the economy, Kalen looks at what SQL Server training is worth.
Want the Latest SQL Server Features? Then Upgrade!
Kalen discusses how you can use features from the latest versions of SQL Server in older versions of SQL Server, and explains the benefit of having to upgrade in order to use new features.
Do You Need a Bit More Power, or 64 Bits? 2
Kalen discusses the benefits to running 64-bit SQL Server systems.
Should You Gather Performance Metrics Yourself?
Kalen explores whether you should collect performance data yourself or use a tool to do it.
Leave the Database Tuning to Us 2
The management data warehouse is useful for tuning queries and applications, but can it automate the database tuning process?
How Many DBAs Does It Take to Administer a Database? 1
What would happen if there was no one to administer SQL Server on a daily basis? Kalen explores how managed service providers can work in this scenario.
Clean Up Your SQL Server Databases 7
The January SQL Server 2008 Boooks Online (BOL) update revealed two stored procedures that previously weren't documented. Learn how you can use sp_clean_db_free_space and sp_clean_db_file_free_space to clean your database files.
Windows Server 2008 Changes Simplify SQL Server Clustering 2
Windows Server 2008 lets you configure the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) differently in clusters than in Windows Server 2003. Find out how these changes will affect your clustered SQL Server environment.
Multiserver Management with SQL Server 2008’s Central Management Server 1
Lara Rubbelke, who works for Microsoft in Minneapolis, told me one of her favorite SQL Server 2008 features is the Central Management Server (CMS).
Don't Assume It Works: Testing Your Application Before Deployment 3
Kalen points to two free tools that can help you load test your SQL Server applications.

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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 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
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

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
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