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    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
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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
  • 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
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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

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What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence 1

Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences....More
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
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