Tim Ford

SQL Cruise

Tim Ford is an independent consultant, data professional, author, and community leader whose technical passions lie in creative solutions for managing and presenting data. He has been a healthcare DBA since 2000, and is an advocate for proper design, performance, and security in that sphere of information technology. Currently on the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Board of Directors, Tim has oversight of the SQLSaturday program. As an author for MSSQLTips, Simple-Talk, SQLServerCentral, and his own site, thesqlagentman.com, Tim regularly provides content on database-related topics, professional development sciences as well as general technology commentary.  

Tim regularly speaks at SQLSaturday events worldwide, but his true passion lies in taking small groups of students and leaders in the SQL Community aboard cruise ships for technical and professional development training without the distractions of the office and Internet twice a year on SQL Cruises (www.sqlcruise.com).  He's authored a book on Dynamic Management Objects with Louis Davidson and provides commentary and content in his own voice (and in 140 character bursts) on Twitter as @sqlagentman. Also, follow Tim on Google+.

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Not All SQL Server Page Splits are Bad
Page splits! They're bad and cause massive amounts of performance issues, or do they? Let's look at diagnosing where page splits are high and when this is NOT a problem.
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SQL Server Workshops at IT/DEV Connections 2014
IT/DEV Connections 2014 is less than one month away. We have five workshops devoted to a broad range of SQL Server topics this year by leaders in the SQL Server Community. Here is your guide to those sessions.
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Behind the Scenes with SQL Server Included Columns and Covering Indexes
Learn what happens behind the scenes between a SQL Server query run against a table with a Covering Index and one with the same index structure, but without the Included Columns.
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Cheat Sheet for Calculating Important Dates 1
Looking for a single source for date calculations for starting and ending periods for days, months, and years? We have you covered!
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Identifying Orphaned Logins 1
Identify and resolve orphaned logins on a SQL Server instance with this simple query process from Tim Ford.
Shortcut to Consistent SQL Server Installs Using Configuration Files 1
If you support a large environment for SQL Server, then consistency between SQL instances and simplicity of installations are both key to making your life easier; this advanced install tip leads to both.
Identifying Role Permissions & Who Can Get You Fired
People who can get DBAs fired are the ones that have permissions to do things such as dropping databases, overwriting backup files, creating databases with 2TB log files on a 500GB log volume—they have server-level role membership.
Identifying SQL Server Failover Cluster Shared Drives, Nodes, and Current Ownership
When it comes to being a database administrator, it's not just about keeping things running—it's also about constant analysis of the SQL environment as a whole.
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Protect Yourself in SQL Server Management Studio with Color Coding Instances
The possibility of executing code against the wrong instance is something that exists in SQL Server—particularly for DBAs or developers who may have elevated permissions in multiple environments (PROD, TEST, DEV, and so forth.) It's possible to add color cues to these different environments for an additional level of protection.
Modifying the Default SQL Script in Management Studio
One simple solution you can employ to avoid running a query against the wrong instance, is altering the code that populates each and every New Query window that is populated in SSMS, the default query.
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Identifying Query Text and Graphical Execution Plans in Active Queries
The information about what is currently running on a SQL Server is fairly easy to collect from a singled Dynamic Management Function (DMF).
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Policing the Use of SQL Server Management Studio
SQL Server Management Studio suffers from a lack of dedicated developer talent assigned to update it, but it's the best tool we currently have for the full range of administrative duties database administrators face.
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Using the all_columns System View in SQL Server
A quick and easy way to query the database schema for a particular column name is through the use of a seldom-recognized system view called all_columns.
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When Will Key SQL Server Processes End? 3
There is a simple script that makes use of SQL Server's Dynamic Management Objects so you can get an idea how long certain key processes are going to take.
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Deeper into the SQL Server Management Studio Template Explorer
Here's a look at two options for working with existing templates in the SQL Server Management Studio Template Explorer.
When Will Key SQL Server Processes End?
July 10, 2014

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Aug 26, 2014

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 1: Introduction

While AlwaysOn Availability Groups are a powerful solution that let DBAs tackle both high availability and some disaster recovery concerns from within a single, unified, set of technologies and tooling, AlwaysOn Availability Groups also come with a number of challenges....More
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Aug 15, 2014

Choosing the Right Health Check

For some businesses, conducting a health check can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and the results, well, frustrating. However, a health check can be easy and rewarding for any business that wants to improve server performance, especially if you take the time to find the right solution provider....More
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Aug 5, 2014

SQL Server Management Studio’s Ugly ANSI_PADDING Bug

Learn more about the problem with SQL Server Management Studio's generation of scripts with ANSI_PADDING OFF along with a helpful solution....More
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