Michael Cating

Michael
Cating

Michael Cating (mcating@catingsystems.com) is an independent consultant in the San Francisco Bay area who specializes in middleware development, data-tier architecture, and database design for high-performance systems. He is an MCSD and an MCDBA.

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Do-It-Yourself Searching 1
Do you need full-text search capabilities? Microsoft provides a full-text search component in SQL Server, but you might find that creating a custom solution is less expensive and easier to maintain.
Improving Retrieval Performance
Use this method of rewriting queries to improve the performance of your custom search solution.
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Sep 12, 2014
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Managing a Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance. Here’s a quick refresher....More
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Sep 9, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 5: Setting Up Failover Alerts

Alerts represent a great way to take a proactive stance on being notified or alerted when something ugly, potentially ugly, or important happens on a SQL Server. On most servers that I manage, I typically deploy a whole bevy of different alerts....More
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Sep 5, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 4: Synchronizing Server-Level Details

When setting up HA or HA+DR solutions with SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it's critical to remember that the basic unit of failover in these scenarios is the availability group (or the group of user-defined databases)....More
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