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  • SQL Server data storage rack
    Jun 26, 2012
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    Disk Space Monitoring: How To 1

    Keeping tabs on available disk space on your SQL Servers is something that every DBA should do—because once SQL Server runs out of disk on the underlying host, then everything obviously comes to a crashing halt....More
  • Jun 14, 2012
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    SQL Server Database Corruption, Part XIII: RECAP

    One of the things I wish I had done a bit better in my previous ‘series’ of posts on SQL Server database corruption was provide better links and cohesion between posts—or a ‘table of contents’ at the top or bottom of each post—just because I always appreciate similar efforts when I stumble upon a series of posts via a set of keywords I’m searching for and so on....More
  • May 31, 2012
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    SQL Server Database Corruption, Part XII: Recovery Sample 2

    In my last post in this ongoing series on SQL Server database corruption I mentioned that my next post would be to provide a ‘soup to nuts’ sample or example of how you can test corruption and recovery in your own environment – as a means of better getting familiar with exactly what corruption is, what it looks like, and how to address it....More
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    May 25, 2012
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    SQL Server Database Corruption, Part XI: Full Recovery Operations 1

    In part 9 of this series on SQL Server database corruption I defined a list of key things to do when responding to database corruption. And in that list of options and operations was the mention that in some cases you may have to revert back to using a full-blown recovery operation – meaning that you’ll need to completely restore your database from scratch....More
  • table data on white piece of paper
    Feb 27, 2012
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    How about Filtered Indexes instead of Partitioning?

    Filtered indexes are an incredibly powerful feature (one of my favorites) so I don't want to dissuade you from using them. A table can be partitioned using the partitioned tables feature. A table can be broken into multiple tables and then unioned (UNION ALL) in a view using the "partitioned views" feature....More
  • Feb 9, 2012
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    Solutions to VLT concerns around statistics and maintenance! 2

    Let's tackle why partitioned views can be a fantastic choice for partitioning large sets—even for new design....More
  • illustration of data with colorful numbers in background
    Feb 2, 2012
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    Partitioned Tables v. Partitioned Views–Why are they even still around? 2

    Partitioning is CRITICAL for VLT. What is VLT? It’s about as descriptive as VLDB and it means very large table. Most people speak of VLDBs (very large databases) and they define that as databases that are 100s of gigabytes (many would say that a database that’s 1TB or larger is a VLDB)....More

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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