Kevin Kline

Kevin
Kline

Kevin Kline, a longtime Microsoft SQL Server MVP, is a founder and former president of PASS, and the author of SQL in a Nutshell. Kline tweets at @kekline and blogs at KevinEKline.com.

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Free Tool: SQL Server RestoreChecker Utility
A free SQL Server tool called RestoreChecker can perform several tests to verify that your backup files are restorable and data integrity is ensured.A handy little utility called RestoreChecker can perform several tests to verify that your backup files are restorable and data integrity is ensured.
Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 (UAFS) and SQL Server Upgrade Advisor
Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 (UAFS) and SQL Server Upgrade Advisor (SSUA) are two tools that make it easy to upgrade an existing application to SQL Server 2012.
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Free Tool Review: Scripted PowerShell Automated Deployment Engine
The Scripted PowerShell Automated Deployment Engine is a free, remote install and configuration tool for SQL Server that streamlines remote deployment and simplifies complex installation processes.
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SQL Server Compression Estimator 1
Use this free tool to figure out the best compression algorithm for databases that contain many objects.
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Free Tool: SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer
This free tool’s readability and usability features help you easily decipher SQL Server execution plan details.
Microsoft System Center Advisor
This robust cloud service lets DBAs inventory all their SQL Server systems and quickly resolve problems or avoid them altogether.
SQL Server Query Hash Statistics 2
This free tool lets you collect query performance metrics, then generate report details to analyze and visualize performance information.
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SQL Server FineBuild 1
Use this free tool to easily install and configure SQL Server and the accompanying services packs, cumulative updates, hotfixes, community tools, and best practice configurations.
SQL Server 2008 Spatial Tools 1
Use the two executables included in the SQL Server 2008 Spatial Tools to extract and load spatial data more easily.
Microsoft Network Monitor
Use this free tool to capture, view, and analyze detailed information about your network traffic.
SP_WhoIsActive 1
Use this stored procedure to quickly retrieve information about users’ sessions and activities.
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Efficiently Clone Databases
Follow the SQL Server CSS team’s step-by-step instructions for using SSMS scripts to clone databases.
Get a clue! A SQLClue, that is! 1
Kevin tells you about a new SQL Server tool for DBAs who want to capture institutional knowledge
Tool Tip - The Awesomeness of RoboCopy 3
Perform smarter copies or ... there will be trouble.
Join the DOTNETStories Contest
Kevin points you to a cool contest from Microsoft for developers.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

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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