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  • Aug 27, 2013
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    SQL Server Tip: Assign Ownership of Jobs to the SysAdmin Account

    For most of your SQL Server Agent jobs, make sure that as the jobs are created or modified, that you specify that 'sa' (or the built-in SysAdmin) account is the job owner....More
  • Aug 1, 2013
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    Massive Speed and High Availability

    One of the things people are always trying to figure out is how to get high-speed disks and high availability (HA) all in a single package. A possible solution is the DataKeeper Cluster Edition from SIOS Technology....More
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    Jul 18, 2013
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    Tracking Live SQL Server File Stalls

    Given that SQL Server workloads are commonly I/O bound, a great way to get a sense for how a given server is keeping up with its current workload is to evaluate how long the I/O subsystem is taking to respond to requests....More
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    Jun 25, 2013
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    Debugging (Nested) Stored Procedures with SQL Server Profiler 2

    Nested stored procedures (or stored procedures that call other stored procedures) are a mixed blessing and a curse. They also serve as powerful fodder for starting holy wars....More
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    Apr 22, 2013
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    Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

    Let's talk about database application benchmarking. This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade....More
  • 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
  • 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 14, 2012
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    Quick Tip - Speed a Slow Restore from the Transaction Log

    During some restore operations on Microsoft SQL Server, the transaction log redo step might be taking an unusually long time.  Depending somewhat on the version and edition of SQL Server you've installed, you may be able to increase performance by tinkering with the readahead performance for the redo operations....More
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    Nov 9, 2012
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    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-date statistics with the process of ‘sizing up’ which kinds of ‘retrieval’ mechanisms to use vs. the kinds of problems that can occur when incorrectly-sized retrieval mechanisms are used....More
  • Oct 10, 2012
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    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 wouldn’t even be an option....More
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    Oct 8, 2012
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    The Zombie PerfMon Counter That Never Dies! Quick Tip

    The PerfMon counter %Disk time is a bogus performance metric for several reasons....More
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The Marginalization of SQL Server Standard Edition 5

Microsoft seems to be bent on marginalizing SQL Server Standard Edition—both in the sense of the artificial constraints placed upon how much memory it can use, and in terms of what seems to be a shift in focus on the role of Standard Edition from Microsoft....More
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