Practical SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/blog/10109/feed en Save Thousands in Licensing Costs for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups http://sqlmag.com/blog/save-thousands-licensing-costs-sql-server-alwayson-availability-groups <div class="node-body blog-body">Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is a great way to save thousands on licensing—and save yourself some serious headaches when deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availabiliity Groups.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/save-thousands-licensing-costs-sql-server-alwayson-availability-groups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/save-thousands-licensing-costs-sql-server-alwayson-availability-groups#comments Windows Server 2012 Database High Availability Windows Server 2012 R2 SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups AlwaysOn Availability Groups licensing licensing SQL Server SQL Server Standard Edition Standard Edition Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Practical SQL Server Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:10:00 +0000 17201 at http://sqlmag.com NoSQL: Eventual Consistency Yields Major Flaws http://sqlmag.com/blog/nosql-eventual-consistency-yields-major-flaws <div class="node-body blog-body">While I believe that NoSQL can have some places where it legitimately makes sense, I also believe that NoSQL is also the patently wrong choice for a number of different types of applications or use cases.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/nosql-eventual-consistency-yields-major-flaws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/nosql-eventual-consistency-yields-major-flaws#comments Database Development Security SQL Server architecture architecture NoSQL nosql security security Practical SQL Server Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:28:00 +0000 17061 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2014 Now Available—No Joke http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-2014-now-available-no-joke <div class="node-body blog-body">Initial word on the street is that SQL Server 2014 has been very stable so far—which is probably why it went to release so quickly and bypassed what would typically have been another pre-release.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-2014-now-available-no-joke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-2014-now-available-no-joke#comments SQL Server 2014 Books Online books online DMVs dmvs Hekaton hekaton SQL Server 2014 SQL Server 2014 what's new what's new Practical SQL Server Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:35:00 +0000 16911 at http://sqlmag.com Simple SQL Server Management Studio Trick: Multiple Line Text Editing http://sqlmag.com/blog/simple-sql-server-management-studio-trick-multiple-line-text-editing <div class="node-body blog-body">I've bumped into a few folks over the past year or so who simply don't know that you can easily edit (contiguous/similar) details across multiple lines in SQL Server 2012—so I thought I'd share.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/simple-sql-server-management-studio-trick-multiple-line-text-editing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/simple-sql-server-management-studio-trick-multiple-line-text-editing#comments SQL Server 2012 Database Administration ALT ALT code code editing editing keyboard keyboard SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) Practical SQL Server Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 16861 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server Acceptance Testing: A Subtle Trick http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-acceptance-testing-subtle-trick <div class="node-body blog-body">For people who are simply too busy to tackle much needed SQL Server acceptance testing, I've found that a key way to tackle this is to simply schedule a one hour meeting with them—at their desk.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-acceptance-testing-subtle-trick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-acceptance-testing-subtle-trick#comments Database Performance Tuning acceptance testing acceptance testing DBAs DBAs end users end users meeting meeting migrations migrations Practical SQL Server Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:27:00 +0000 16711 at http://sqlmag.com Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part III http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-iii <div class="node-body blog-body">Important post migration tasks are outlined in part III of this series on the steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a newer server as part of a SQL Server upgrade or migration.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-iii#comments Database Administration Alerts Alerts disaster recovery plan disaster recovery plan full backup full backup post migration post migration sql agent SQL Agent transaction log backups transaction log backups Practical SQL Server Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:36:00 +0000 16621 at http://sqlmag.com Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part II http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-ii <div class="node-body blog-body">Here's Part II of an overview of actual steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a newer server as part of a SQL Server upgrade or migration. Part II covers preparing databases for migration, 13 migration steps, and failback tips.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-ii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-ii#comments Database Administration config config data sensitivity data sensitivity Database Administrator database administrator db compatibility mode db compatibility mode DBA DBA DIFF backkups DIFF backkups Migration migration minimizing downtime minimizing downtime T-log backups T-Log backups upgrade upgrade Practical SQL Server Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:09:00 +0000 16611 at http://sqlmag.com Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part I http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-i <div class="node-body blog-body">Get an overview of actual steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a newer server as part of a SQL Server upgrade or migration. Part I addresses guiding principles, acceptance testing, and your communication plan.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/detailed-migration-steps-sql-server-upgrades-part-i#comments Database Administration acceptance testing communication data database migration downtime SQL Server upgrade Practical SQL Server Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:01:00 +0000 16601 at http://sqlmag.com Reasons to Avoid SQL Server In-Place Upgrades http://sqlmag.com/blog/reasons-avoid-sql-server-place-upgrades <div class="node-body blog-body">As a consultant, one of the things I commonly do is help organizations 'upgrade' to newer editions of SQL Server. When doing so, I never recommend in-place upgrades for production servers.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/reasons-avoid-sql-server-place-upgrades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/reasons-avoid-sql-server-place-upgrades#comments Database Administration configuration settings configuration settings downtime downtime production servers production servers security settings security settings SQL Server upgrade SQL Server upgrade testing environment testing environment Practical SQL Server Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:15:00 +0000 16391 at http://sqlmag.com Using Cache to Save $200,000 http://sqlmag.com/blog/using-cache-save-money <div class="node-body blog-body">Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/using-cache-save-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/using-cache-save-money#comments Database Performance Tuning CPU CPU queries queries ScaleArc ScaleArc sprocs sprocs SQL Server caching solutions SQL Server caching solutions utilization rate utilization rate Practical SQL Server Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 16371 at http://sqlmag.com A Day in the Life of a DBA http://sqlmag.com/blog/day-life-dba <div class="node-body blog-body">What should most database administrators be doing on a regular basis? Here's a comprehensive list from Michael K. Campbell of many of the things DBAs typically do on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/day-life-dba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/day-life-dba#comments SQL Server Database Administration DBA DBA responsibilities responsibilities SQL Server SQL Server tasks tasks Practical SQL Server Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:04:00 +0000 16281 at http://sqlmag.com The Importance of Properly Documenting Job Responsibilities and Expectations http://sqlmag.com/blog/importance-properly-documenting-job-responsibilities-and-expectations <div class="node-body blog-body">Key concepts and concerns about documenting job responsibilities and expectations that anyone working in IT or with databases should keep in mind.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/importance-properly-documenting-job-responsibilities-and-expectations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/importance-properly-documenting-job-responsibilities-and-expectations#comments SQL Server Database Administration DBA DBA expectations expectations job description job description SQL Server SQL Server Practical SQL Server Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:18:00 +0000 16061 at http://sqlmag.com IPMuncher for Internet Facing SQL Servers http://sqlmag.com/blog/ipmuncher-internet-facing-sql-servers <div class="node-body blog-body">IPMuncher is a fantastic tool that offers simple functionality, great flexibility, and easy configurability—meaning that it can be used to tackle a large number of tasks across a wide variety of servers and workloads.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/ipmuncher-internet-facing-sql-servers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/ipmuncher-internet-facing-sql-servers#comments Windows Server Systems Management Security SQL Server brute force attacks brute force attacks firewall firewall IPMuncher IPMuncher SQL Server SQL Server Practical SQL Server Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:21:00 +0000 15961 at http://sqlmag.com The Value of a Good SQL Server Book http://sqlmag.com/blog/value-good-sql-server-book <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve learned a lot about SQL Server in the past 14 year—and continue to learn more about it every day as I troubleshoot tons of problems and issues for clients on a regular basis, keep tabs on various blog posts or articles, and read a large amount of books.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/value-good-sql-server-book" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/value-good-sql-server-book#comments SQL Server book book internals Internals learning learning SQL Server SQL Server Practical SQL Server Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:08:00 +0000 15881 at http://sqlmag.com My Favorite Tool of 2013: CloudBerry Backup - Server Edition http://sqlmag.com/blog/my-favorite-tool-2013-cloudberry-backup-server-edition <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve increasingly been bumping into clients with the need to find a dependable, configurable, durable, and secure off-site backup mechanism and CloudBerry Lab’s Server Backup totally, and completely, fits the bill.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/my-favorite-tool-2013-cloudberry-backup-server-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/my-favorite-tool-2013-cloudberry-backup-server-edition#comments Cloud Systems Management SQL Server Database Administration backups backups cloud cloud CloudBerry CloudBerry Server Server SQL Server SQL Server Practical SQL Server Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:02:00 +0000 15411 at http://sqlmag.com