Kurt Survance

Kurt
Survance

Kurt Survance is a senior consultant and president of SQL Consulting. Microsoft certified since 1993, Kurt served as a subject matter expert (SME) for the preparation of the SQL Server 2008 certification exams.

Articles
Solve Blocking Problems 1
Read Committed Snapshot Isolation (RCSI) has great potential for fixing systems that have blocking problems due to contention between reading and writing processes.
Simplifying Spatial Data 5
Find out how SQL Server 2008’s spatial data types compare to traditional T-SQL functions when it comes to performing complex geospatial queries.
Common Language Runtime from the DBA Point of View 1
The introduction of CLR may have blurred the line between DBA and developer, but this powerful coding tool offers real advantages over SQL for all roles in a deployment.
Programming SQL in a Set-Based Way 4
This article's real-world example might help you start thinking in a set-based way about a common type of problem that has an intuitive procedural solution.
Gathering Deadlock Information with Deadlock Graph
Using the Deadlock graph event class lets you easily gather information on SQL Server deadlocks that you can display graphically in SQL Server Profiler or SQL Server Management Studio or review in XML for more detailed information.

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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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