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  • SQL Server acceptance testing at a desk
    Mar 17, 2014
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    SQL Server Acceptance Testing: A Subtle Trick

    For people who are simply too busy to tackle much needed SQL Server acceptance testing, I've found that a key way to tackle this is to simply schedule a one hour meeting with them—at their desk....More
  • database digram
    Feb 25, 2014
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    Using Cache to Save $200,000

    Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time....More
  • virus detected message on computer screen
    Dec 19, 2013
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    Another Reason to Avoid Anti-Virus on SQL Server

    If you install anti-virus on SQL Server, many 'bigger' anti-virus vendors either offer 'options' that let them 'monitor' SQL Server—or just plain FORCE their binaries right into SQL Server if they detect that it's running on the box....More
  • Oct 22, 2013
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    Other Tools For Measuring I/O? 1

    There are a few different ways to monitor the I/O workload of a server. The easiest for the database administrator to use will always be Performance Monitor because that is built into the Windows OS....More
  • man in a datacenter explaing sql server performance
    Oct 22, 2013
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    Creating Simple Performance Baselines with SQL Server Profiler

    Use SQL Server Profiler to create a performance baseline and then measure performance metrics that you can compare against the baseline....More
  • database related words
    Sep 24, 2013
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    Truncating SQL Server Job History 1

    A common maintenance task that many 'reluctant DBAs' commonly overlook is the need to keep historical information in the msdb database trimmed, or 'truncated' on a semi-regular basis....More
  • 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
  • traffic orange hazard lights
    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
  • Microsoft SQL Server Profiler output screen
    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
  • SQL Server database planning benchmarks
    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

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Oct 9, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 10: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #3

You can interject a SQL Server Job Step into your Jobs and have this new/injected Job Step do some checking for you. Here's a look at everything that’s involved in such an approach....More
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Oct 7, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 9: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #2 3

Given that a USE statement is parsed before code is actually run, there are a few options that could be used as a around when it comes to detecting whether or not code should be run....More
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Oct 2, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 8: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #1 1

Learn about why the option of dynamically detecting whether or not to run a SQL Server Job at execution time is quite a bit more problematic than you might think....More
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