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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Mar 17, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
Commentary

For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 6

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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