Paul S. Randal

Paul S.
Randal

Paul worked on Microsoft's SQL Server team for nine years in development and management roles, writing many of the DBCC commands, and he was ultimately responsible for SQL Server 2008's core storage engine. He now works as a consultant, trainer, speaker, and writer specializing in internals, maintenance, availability, and disaster recovery.

Articles
Using Database Repair for Disaster Recovery 2
Perform a repair operation using DBCC CHECKDB’s repair functionality to salvage some data from a corrupt database.
Advanced BACKUP and RESTORE Options 1
Most DBAs use the BACKUP and RESTORE commands’ standard options. However, some of the commands’ infrequently used options can help minimize data loss and downtime when disaster strikes, improve backup performance, and more.
Are You Taking the Right Backups? 1
In this PASS Summit Unite 2009 Speaker Tip, Paul Randal explains how you can minimize downtime when restoring your databases following a disaster.

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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
Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
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