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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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