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

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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From the Blogs
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
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