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05/21/2013 - 12:45pm

A Common Misconception about MAXDOP

Out of the box, SQL Server is (and has been) able to take advantage of multiple processors/cores without any effort on behalf of administrators....More
05/09/2013 - 12:37pm

My ISO 8601-Compliant Signature

My family recently just "officially" announced that we're in the process of adopting a child from South Africa. We're quite excited, of course, but....More
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04/25/2013 - 5:53pm

SQL Server Index Naming Guidelines

In terms of actual, concrete, guidelines for naming SQL Server Indexes, I only have two pieces of what I would consider perfect advice....More
04/18/2013 - 1:37pm

SQL Server 2014 on the Horizon?

Microsoft is not only obviously busy on the next version of SQL Server, but that they’ve actually been at work on it for a long while now....More
04/10/2013 - 4:33pm

Migrating Custom Error Messages Between Servers

Over the past few years I’ve helped a number of clients migrate their SQL Server workloads from one server to another. In many cases, this has....More
03/27/2013 - 5:00am

Synchronizing Time on Workgroup Servers

If you’re operating servers in a workgroup, I highly recommend a special tutorial/approach as a great way to help keep your servers better....More
02/26/2013 - 11:38am

SQL Server Essentials For Non-DBAs

In my session on SQL Server Essentials for Non-DBAs I tried to provide a very high-level overview of key concepts and concerns that ‘reluctant’ or ‘....More
02/11/2013 - 3:27pm

Using Dropbox for SQL Server Backups

It should go without saying that organizations aren’t created equally; what works for some would be preposterous for others, and so on....More
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01/28/2013 - 4:38pm

SQL Server Standard Edition Licensing Limits

SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition are both limited to a maximum of 4 sockets/16 cores and a measly 64GB of RAM....More
12/31/2012 - 2:07pm

My Favorite Tool of 2012: Remote Desktop Manager

I’ve used gobs of tools this year. Too many to mention. Many of them just plain awesome. But one tool stands out above the rest – to the point where....More
12/18/2012 - 1:31pm

SQL Server and Anti-Virus

Every once in a while, one of my SQL Server Consulting clients asks me for my opinions about running Anti-Virus on production SQL Servers. And,....More
11/26/2012 - 5:03pm

Avoiding 'Failed to notify <operator> via email' errors

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the words associated with the following picture would probably involve a decent amount of muttering and....More
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11/12/2012 - 5:00pm

Who's Guarding Your Guard?

My grandfather (who was a Marine pilot during WWII and who was later issued the Navy Commendation Medal in person, by President John F. Kennedy, for....More
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11/09/2012 - 12:39pm

Another Analogy About the Importance of Statistics

In my most recent post, I touched upon the importance of SQL Server Statistics by way of an analogy—in terms of comparing the importance of up-to-....More
10/10/2012 - 12:30pm

The Importance of SQL Server Statistics

It’s impossible to overstate just how important statistics are to SQL Server. Without them, SQL Server’s impressive cost-based optimizer simply....More
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Michael K. Campbell is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and Dev Pro and is an ASPInsider. Michael is the president of OverAchiever Productions, a consultancy dedicated to technical evangelism...
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