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Microsoft SQL Server Profiler output screen
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
Apr 18, 2013

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
Apr 10, 2013

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
Mar 27, 2013

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
Feb 26, 2013

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
Feb 11, 2013

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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Jan 28, 2013

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
Dec 31, 2012

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
Dec 18, 2012

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
Nov 26, 2012

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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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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