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Sep 24, 2013

Truncating SQL Server Job History

A common maintenance task that many 'reluctant DBAs' commonly overlook is the need to keep historical information in the msdb database trimmed, or '....More
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Sep 10, 2013

Microsoft’s Retirement of the Certified Master Program

Microsoft Learning has made the decision to retire (or kill) a certification process and the SQL Server community has mostly reacted with shock and....More
Aug 30, 2013

Database Mail Tip: Notifying Operators vs. Sending Emails

I recently discovered that to improve SQL Server's Database Mail functionality, it's more effective to send alerts and notifications to Operators....More
Aug 27, 2013

SQL Server Tip: Assign Ownership of Jobs to the SysAdmin Account

For most of your SQL Server Agent jobs, make sure that as the jobs are created or modified, that you specify that 'sa' (or the built-in SysAdmin)....More
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Aug 22, 2013

Sending SQL Server Database Mail Alerts via Amazon’s SES

Here's how to get SQL Server’s Database Mail functionality to work with Amazon's excellent (as in highly available and absurdly affordably) Simple....More
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Aug 19, 2013

A Better Way to Enable Email Alerts for Deadlocks

Here's a quick and easy way to enable email alerts for deadlocks, without requiring any system table modifications....More
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Jul 26, 2013

Disappointing News About SQL Server 2014

It looks like SQL Server 2014 will keep the artificially imposed limit of 64GB per instance (along with 16 cores max) for SQL Server Standard....More
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Jul 18, 2013

Tracking Live SQL Server File Stalls

Given that SQL Server workloads are commonly I/O bound, a great way to get a sense for how a given server is keeping up with its current workload is....More
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Jun 26, 2013

Enabling Email Alerts for SQL Server Deadlocks

Learn how to trigger email (or other) alerts when a deadlock occurs on any given Microsoft SQL Server....More
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Jun 25, 2013

Debugging (Nested) Stored Procedures with SQL Server Profiler

Nested stored procedures (or stored procedures that call other stored procedures) are a mixed blessing and a curse. They also serve as powerful....More
Jun 18, 2013

Configuring and Troubleshooting Database Mail for SQL Server

In the past I've blogged a bit about the importance of enabling your SQL Servers to be pro-active in terms of alerting you via email when something....More
May 29, 2013

Common Misconceptions about CXPACKET Waits

A number of things can contribute to CXPACKET waits within SQL Server....More
May 21, 2013

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
May 09, 2013

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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Apr 25, 2013

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
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