Thomas LaRock

Thomas
LaRock
Technical Evangelist,
Confio Software

Thomas LaRock (aka SQLRockstar) is a Microsoft Certified Master and president of PASS. As Technical Evangelist at Confio Software, he helps DBAs and developers understand and resolve their biggest SQL Server performance problems. Google+ | Twitter: @SQLRockstar

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SQL Server Plan Cache: The Junk Drawer for Your Queries
SQL Server's plan cache stores details on all the SQL statements that have been executed. Database administrators need to periodically examine the contents of the plan cache.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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