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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! 3

    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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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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