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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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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