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  • 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
  • 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
  • Feb 11, 2013
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    Using Dropbox for SQL Server Backups 3

    It should go without saying that organizations aren’t created equally; what works for some would be preposterous for others, and so on....More
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    Jan 28, 2013
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    SQL Server Standard Edition Licensing Limits

    SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition are both limited to a maximum of 4 sockets/16 cores and a measly 64GB of RAM....More
  • Dec 31, 2012
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    My Favorite Tool of 2012: Remote Desktop Manager 3

    I’ve used gobs of tools this year. Too many to mention. Many of them just plain awesome. But one tool stands out above the rest – to the point where I just can not ‘shut up’ about how great it is. Here’s what’s to love about Devolution’s Remote Desktop Manager....More
  • Dec 18, 2012
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    SQL Server and Anti-Virus

    Every once in a while, one of my SQL Server Consulting clients asks me for my opinions about running Anti-Virus on production SQL Servers. And, amazingly enough, I actually (personally feel and) argue that anti-virus really shouldn’t be run in production data centers....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

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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
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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