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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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10/02/2012 - 11:14am

Free SQL Server Videos

A few years ago I spent an obscene amount of time creating a website where I could offer a number of free video tutorials about SQL Server. My idea....More
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09/18/2012 - 3:16pm

Don't Forget about Backup Compression

I recently ‘inherited’ a couple of SQL Servers for a client – running SQL Server 2008 (Enterprise Edition). In the process of ‘taking over’ these....More
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09/13/2012 - 11:33am

Performance Tip: Find Your Most Expensive Queries

One thing I’m asked on a regular basis when working with SQL Server Consulting clients that don’t have much experience with performance tuning, is....More
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08/28/2012 - 10:25am

DBAs and the SQL Server Agent

Following-up on previous posts where I addressed some basics about how DBAs should regularly review SQL Server Logs and be aware of what’s going on....More
08/17/2012 - 10:18am

DBAs and SQL Server Logs

In a previous post I opined about how import it can be for DBAs to keep tabs on their underlying hosts by paying attention to Windows Event Logs. In....More
07/25/2012 - 5:30pm

DBAs and Windows Event Logs

While watching a military documentary with my son the other night, I was struck by just how crazy it is that snipers need to account for wind. I mean....More

Michael K. Campbell

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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