Tom Davidson

Tom
Davidson

Tom Davidson is a program manager for Microsoft's SQL Server development organization. As a SQL Server architecture expert and part of the Customer Advisory Team, he works with customers to improve their SQL Server–based applications' performance. He frequently writes and speaks about SQL Server performance.

Articles
64-Bit Vs. 32-Bit Memory Management 1
Learn about memory-utilization differences between 64-bit and 32-bit SQL Server.
Minding Memory 1
Understanding how SQL Server uses memory is an essential step in performance tuning. Members of Microsoft’s SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team show you how they find information about SQL Server’s memory utilization.
Opening Microsoft's Performance-Tuning Toolbox 9
Microsoft's SQL Server Customer Advisory Team uses a repeatable methodology involving waits and queues to diagnose and solve customer performance problems. In this article, the team opens its toolbox and shares its effective techniques.
Diagnosing Network Problems 1
Diagnosing network problems is an important part of any performance-tuning process. This sidebar describes how to use the NETWORKIO wait type to determine whether network problems are affecting your system's performance.

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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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