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Guest Columnist: Joseph Sack

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Joseph Sack is a SQL Server consultant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 1997, he has been developing and supporting SQL Server environments for clients in financial services, IT consulting, and manufacturing. He is a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA). Joseph has written for SQL Server Magazine, and recently wrote a book called “SQL Server 2000 Fast Answers for DBAs and Developers”. For questions or comments, feel to contact him at www.joesack.com.

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Performance Tuning

Performance tuning is an art or science, depending on who you talk to. SQL Server guru Joe Sack has authored a book on SQL Server 2005 T-SQL and brings us the performance tuning chapter as a preview.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2006/10/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: book reviews
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Stored Procedure Naming Conventions

As your SQL Server applications grow, chances are that you have more and more objects, especially stored procedures that you need to keep track of. An organized environment is key to being able to prevent the duplication of code and effort. Joe Sack brings us a look at how he names stored procedures to easy identification.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2005/10/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: naming standards
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Analyzing Data Storage - Ten SHOWCONTIG Queries

Analyzing the data storage in SQL Server databases is a bit of an art. It's a skill that takes some time to develop given that the tools are rather limited. DBCC SHOWCONTIG is one of the few ways in which you can get some insight into how SQL Server has structured your table on the disk. Joe Sack brings us another of his top xxx techniques with his ten queries that you can use to analyze the results of this command.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2004/08/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 22,489 reads

Seven Showplan Red Flags

SQL Server showplan is a great tool for analyzing queries and determining whether or not more performance tuning needs to be done. However working with showplan can be confusing and it takes some practice to learn the ins and outs of what is occurring. Joseph Sack looks at showplan and seven of the main things that he is aware of when looking at the results. If you've rarely or never used showplan, this is a great article to get started in learning how an experienced DBA views the output.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2004/07/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
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Using DTS to Generate and Email Excel Reports

Another great article from Joe Sack that looks at a great technique for generating reports in Excel for your users. Using DTS, you can easily setup an ad hoc or recurring schedule for your users. It's a way to quickly build a report that keeps people happy while making you look like a genius.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2005/09/23 (first published: 2004/05/03) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dts
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Problem Solving With Information Schema Columns

Directly accessing system tables is discouraged - so what's the alternative? Using the Information Schema should allow you to create code that survives upgrades. Beyond that, what can you do with it? Joe has four great examples to get you started.   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2003/09/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: miscellaneous
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 13,498 reads

Seven Monitoring Scripts

Joe has a bunch of small, easy to use scripts that can definitely be the beginning of a great set of monitoring tool. Amazing how much info you can gather with a little bit of code!   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2005/05/13 (first published: 2003/06/13) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: administration
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Troubleshooting SQL Server with the Sysperfinfo Table

Joe discusses why he prefers command line tools over GUI, then launches into a how-to about querying sysperfinfo to resolve performance issues. Couple nice sample queries included!   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2006/04/21 (first published: 2003/05/14) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance tuning
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 32,285 reads

AWE Adventures

Joseph recently had to upgrade a server from 4g to 8g of memory. Read how he did it and learn about some interesting aspects of AWE. For example, if you have 6.5g configured for use by SQL, how will task manager show used by sqlserver.exe?   Read more...
By Joseph Sack 2003/04/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: administration
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 23,734 reads
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