Database-Sizing Tools for SQL Server Commented on: 5 years ago (January 22, 2010) Hello, Thank you for the great article! I'm in need of a sizing tool for the database. Looking for information on HEAP size be for a certain row size. Looks like hardware sizing is easier that...
What Could the Oracle-Sun Deal Mean for the Database Market? Commented on: 6 years ago (April 27, 2009) If Oracle wants to optimize their products for Solaris that's great for them but most of the "bread and butter" for Oracle is the sales on Windows platforms. More that 80% of sales are on Windows OS...
Rebuild Only the Indexes that Need Help Commented on: 6 years ago (July 4, 2008) Hello, Great article! I fully agree with your findings. It seems that the provided stored proc produces an error when executing (creation of the sp). Is there an updated version? I've executed this...
Automate Your Security Audits Commented on: 8 years ago (January 4, 2007) Do you have a version for SQL 2005??
Last Rites for a Beloved Server Commented on: 8 years ago (January 4, 2007) What a great idea!!! How abou including more details and code?
Prove That the Database Isn't to Blame Commented on: 8 years ago (October 5, 2006) Why is this code showing my own process? Does it work on SQL 2005? I think that all articles should specify SQL200, SQL 2005 or both.

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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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