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  • Feb 26, 2013
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    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 ‘accidental’ DBAs should know....More
  • Feb 11, 2013
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    Using Dropbox for SQL Server Backups 3

    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
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    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
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    My Favorite Tool of 2012: Remote Desktop Manager 3

    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 I just can not ‘shut up’ about how great it is. Here’s what’s to love about Devolution’s Remote Desktop Manager....More
  • Dec 18, 2012
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    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, amazingly enough, I actually (personally feel and) argue that anti-virus really shouldn’t be run in production data centers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012
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    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 cursing about the the DREADED ‘Failed to notify' via email’ error message that you might see crop up in your environment every once in a while—on new or recently provisioned servers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012
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    Can LUNs Be Extended Online Under VMware and Hyper-V? 2

    There's no reason whatsoever to take any sort of outage when expanding a LUN either in a virtual or physical environment. Here's the process, explaining exactly what needs to be done to expand a LUN....More
  • Nov 20, 2012
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    Should I Be Using SAN Snapshots as a Backup Solution? 5

    As the DBA I want to control the database backups and I don't want to be using SAN Snapshots as a backup, because no matter what any vendor says a Snapshot is not a backup....More
  • Nov 19, 2012
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    PowerPivot as Tableau Data Source 2

    I find PowerPivot to be an incredibly powerful tool for building ad-hoc analytical models from heterogeneous data sources. Now, there are a LOT of tools on the market today that can do that. But PowerPivot has the unique position of being fully integrated into Excel, which means that the power to build in-memory analytical models is now very easy and very much now the domain of business and data subject matter experts....More

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Nov 18, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 15: Setting Up Linked Servers

Learn about setting up Linked Server definitions to let two (or more) servers in an AlwaysOn Availability Group talk to each other and check up on job statuses of jobs running on each other....More
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Nov 11, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 14: Establishing Synchronization Checks

When compared to AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances or clustered deployments of SQL Server, one of the main problems with AlwaysOn AGs is that a single database is made to straddle multiple hosts....More
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Nov 5, 2014
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SQL PASS Summit 2014 Day One Keynote

Highlights from the PASS Summit 2014 day one keynote....More
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