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Configuring and analyzing the Query Store through dbatools

In case you didn’t know this already, dbatools is an awesome collection of Powershell functions that will help you immensely in your work as a DBA. Just one example: migrating SQL Server Instances takes a massive amount of work. You need to backup and restore every database, write down instance… Read more

0 comments, 84 reads

Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 27 February 2017

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

In the next few months I will be speaking at some awesome events around Europe.


SQLBits – April 5-8 

SQLBits is THE SQL Server event in Europe, with a very long tradition and a fantastic audience. I totally love SQLBits!
This time I will speak about “Benchmarking like… Read more

0 comments, 60 reads

Posted in SpaghettiDBA on 27 February 2017

Speaking at VS Live–Austin

I’ll be speaking at Visual Studio Live – Austin in May 2017. I was fortunate to be selected to speak again, after my first two VS Lives last year in DC and Orlando. I’m excited to go back, as the conference is a lot of fun, and Austin is a… Read more

0 comments, 86 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2017

Queries with optional parameters

These are those queries where you are pulling for, let’s say, a first name, a last name, a state, and/or a city. Simple enough, until you notice that or. We might only get a first name, or a state and the query still needs to work. These queries are… Read more

4 comments, 77 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 27 February 2017

SQL VNext sp_configure on Windows and Linux with dbatools

This weekend I set up some SQL vNext virtual machines, two on Windows and one on Linux so that I could test some scenarios and build an availability group.

IMPORTANT NOTE :- The names of dbatools commands with a Sql prefix WILL CHANGE in a later release of dbatools. dbatools… Read more

1 comments, 72 reads

Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 27 February 2017

The Empirical Rule

I am resuming technical blogging after a gap of nearly a month. I will continue to blog my re learning of statistics and basic concepts, and illustrate them to the best of my ability using R and T-SQL where appropriate.

For this week I have chosen a statistical concept called… Read more

0 comments, 59 reads

Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 27 February 2017

SQL Clone

Today is the launch of SQL Clone, a great new tool that helps you quickly and easily provision SQL Server databases for development and testing.

Oh god, that sounds like marketing speak. To heck with that. Let me tell you why I’m so excited about SQL Clone and why… Read more

2 comments, 61 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 27 February 2017

Monday Coffee 2017-02-27

Ergh, not a fun weekend rugby wise. But anyway…

Last week Microsoft released an image for SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in containers. Previously the only edition available was vNext Enterprise Evaluation which was a real problem in making containers a viable option for many businesses.

There’s no… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 27 February 2017

Installing Windows Server 2016 Nano on a Physical Server

Hey guys! So here's my adventure in deploying Windows Server 2016 Nano on a physical server. It was a hard fought battle, but I finally won. Note: SQL Server 2016 is not compatible with Windows Server 2016 Nano. This install was for clustering two physical Hyper-V servers. So here goes!…

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0 comments, 59 reads

Posted in James' SQL Blog on 27 February 2017

Red Gate SQL Clone (#1) - Initial Setup

Note this was during earlier beta usage, so some of the UI and other features will have been updated more. I plan on writing more on this promising tool as I get a chance to dive into it more, especially the powershell cmdlets for database cloning automation. In the meantime,… Read more

0 comments, 47 reads

Posted in SQL Barbarian on 27 February 2017

SQL Server Deadlock Performance Counter

End users generally face a situation where the SQL server application gets hangs. What users generally do is restart the machine for fixing the problem and then continue with their work. This restarting activity works for two to three weeks and after that, a point comes where the system gets… Read more

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Posted in Zora's SQL Tips on 27 February 2017

Columnstore Indexes – part 99 (“Merge”)

Continuation from the previous 98 parts, the whole series can be found at http://www.nikoport.com/columnstore/.

This blog post is focused on the MERGE statement for the Columnstore Indexes, or as I call it – the worst enemy of the Columnstore Indexes. It is extremely difficult to imagine some statement or… Read more

1 comments, 89 reads

Posted in Niko's blog on 26 February 2017

I Don’t Understand

I suspect this may make a few people angry, but I felt the need to share.

I was recently asked to go through my contacts and put together calls with some technologists for a series of discussions. OK. I thought about what we’d need, compared it to a mental list… Read more

6 comments, 140 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 24 February 2017

Is Your Database App Ready for the Cloud?

The cloud has evolved. Just a few years ago, cloud-based applications were the exception rather than the rule, and on-premises apps were the clear standard for database apps. However, with the numerous advantages of building in or migrating to managed services, the cloud isn’t just a niche anymore. Managed services… Read more

1 comments, 179 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 24 February 2017

How many Backups is Too Many?

Does this title seem strange?  Of course we know this is the true answer:


But here is a story of a client that may have too many backups after all.


Our monitoring system found that the backups on a client server had suddenly started running very long.  When…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 24 February 2017

Friday Reading 2017-02-24

Wow that week absolutely flew by! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Seatbelt learning with Uncle Buck
Buck Woody goes through how he learns on the move (great article)

Hardware selection for a home lab – Part 1
Glen Berry goes through using the Intel NUC series for a home lab… Read more

0 comments, 112 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 24 February 2017

Upgrading SQL Server on Linux

I saw this week that there was a new CTP (v1.3) of SQL Server v.Next. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the Linux version lately, but I thought I’d try and see how well the upgrade went.

There’s an install and upgrade page at Microsoft you… Read more

0 comments, 318 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2017

Confusion of An Old Technologist

As someone who still actively pursues a career in technology, I’m a little on the older side. I got started in tech when a lot of the people I know were still in elementary school. So please understand that when I write the rest of this little… rant.

I read… Read more

9 comments, 127 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 23 February 2017

Better SQL Agent Job Alerts

  They kinda suck. I mean it is nice that we have the option for the SQL Agent to tell us when a job fails or succeeds, but if you have ever looked at the message, there isn’t much detail in it. Take a look at this (slightly edited) email… Read more

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Posted in WaterOx SQL on 23 February 2017

Database Security Webinar Today (Feb 23)

Today at 3 PM EST I’m giving a webinar on designing a successful database security model with SQL Server.

Register Here for Free (you can also register for other upcoming MSSQLTips webinars)

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

You’re building a new application using SQL Server as a back-end and you… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 23 February 2017

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