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Using Docker to run Integration Tests for dbachecks

My wonderful friend André Kamman wrote a fantastic blog post this week SQL Server Container Instances via Cloudshell about how he uses containers in Azure to test code against different versions of SQL Server.

It reminded me that I do something very similar to test dbachecks code changes. I thought… Read more

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 19 January 2019

Error – Hung Docker

Sometime when you not actively working on Docker and on you are not actively working on the system. it could be possible that Docker services goes into hung State and you will get an error as follows: Starting containers fails … Continue reading

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Posted in Vinay Thakur on 19 January 2019

Containerization

Docker has containers to work on processes or application. now docker containers has some limitations as it uses resources from the system and its shared. Docker Compose: to group all related application/services  or container one system is called compose i … Continue reading

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Posted in Vinay Thakur on 19 January 2019

New page on this blog: Contact Me

This is not a technical post! Just wanted to say that I set up a public email address for this blog. Find that and my Twitter/Linked on my Contact Me page.

Have a great weekend!


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Posted in Arthur's Blog on 19 January 2019

Finding Cluster Log Errors

Sometimes you know that a problem occurred, but the tools are not giving you the right information.  If you ever look at the Cluster Failover Manager for a Windows Cluster, sometimes that can happen.  The user interface won’t show you any errors, but you KNOW there was an issue.  This… Read more

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Posted in John Morehouse | Sqlrus.com on 18 January 2019

Miscellaneous Notes On System Architecture and Design

When I first joined the programming team at my previous job in an aerospace company, the first observation I made was that their Data Integration System was antiquated – architecture-wise. The system architecture was adopted from legacy mainframes. Most of the business processes have been migrated to modern servers at… Read more

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Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 18 January 2019

Query memory grants part 3: How much memory can one query get?

When you build a brand new shiny SQL Server, you want to get a lot of memory so your queries run faster, right? More memory for your data pages in the buffer pool and more memory for all the queries that keep sorting data in the database instead of the… Read more

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Posted in Arthur's Blog on 18 January 2019

Supercharge Your SQL Server Scalar Functions By Switching To Table Value Functions

User defined functions in SQL server can cause all kinds of performance problems, there are however some tricks that are well worth knowing when you can’t avoid using them…

Examples below are all on the Stack Overflow Database which you can restore if you want to follow along.

Imagine for… Read more

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Posted in Gavin Draper's SQL Server Blog on 18 January 2019

Data Warehousing Tip #5 – Use surrogate keys

My fifth data warehousing tip is to always use surrogate keys for your dimension and fact tables.

Surrogate keys are keys that are generated internally by the data warehouse.  They have nothing to do with the business keys.  The business keys are the unique row identifiers from your source systems.… Read more

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Posted in Chris Jenkins' Blog on 18 January 2019

Error : DBCC could not obtain a lock on this object because the lock request timeout period was exceeded

DBCC CheckDB failed with error “DBCC could not obtain a lock on this object because the lock request timeout period was exceeded”

Error: Today, My DBCC checkdb job failed with below error.

Executed as user: USERNAME. Object ID 451805713 (object ‘dbo.AEETBL’): DBCC could not obtain a lock on this object… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 18 January 2019

When the query plan hash is deceptive

When you’re querying the plan cache, you need to know the four primary objects: the query hash, query plan hash, sql handle, and plan handle. However, the query plan hash recently surprised me.

Take a look at this index (in StackOverflow2010)

CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX [ix_Location_CreationDate] ON [dbo].[Users]…

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Posted in Arthur's Blog on 17 January 2019

Audit SQL Agent Jobs

One probably seldom thinks of the SQL Agent jobs scheduled on the SQL Server instance – unless they fail. What if the job failed because something was changed in the job? Maybe you knew about the change, maybe you didn’t.

Once upon a time, I was in the position of… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 17 January 2019

Getting Parameters Out From a Stored Procedure–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

One of the lesser used and known features of T-SQL are the output parameters from a stored procedure. I used one of these recently, so I wanted to… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 January 2019

Database modelling in a post-SSMS world: dbForge Studio

A few months ago, Microsoft announced that SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) will no longer include the visual Database Diagrams feature from v18.0 onward. When releasing a new version of a product, Microsoft has the luxury of referencing usage statistics, and obviously this is an underused feature of SSMS. I… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 16 January 2019

Multi-server scripts with SSMS using SQLCMD mode

SSMS is the most common tool used by SQL Developers or DBA’s but unfortunately there are some features that are barely known, SQLCMD mode is not the exception and that’s why I decided to follow up in this topic.

You may want to check one of this previous blog post Read more

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Posted in DBA Mastery on 16 January 2019

Butter in My Coffee and Low Carb Tortillas: Keto Day 2


Hello Dear Reader, just a quick check in, I had originally planned to blog yesterday.  However, screen shots of apps made for a terrible looking blog.

Fortunately I found that Lose It! has an option where you can email a daily report in .csv format to yourself.  After a few…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 16 January 2019

Data Modeling Webcast Rescheduled

Unfortunately, due to a last minute scheduling conflict on my side, we’ve had to reschedule the data modeling webcast with MSSQLTips. It is now for next Wednesday, January 23rd, at 3 PM Eastern.

Register for webinar (free)

I apologize for the change in schedule. If you’re unable to make the… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 16 January 2019

A brief introduction for bcp

I end up using the bcp utility to move tables between environments, and I’ve found that a lot of the guides on the internet go into great detail on how to use it. That’s fine if you have a lot of time. Here’s my brief introduction so that if I… Read more

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Posted in Arthur's Blog on 16 January 2019

Controlling the firewall for an Azure SQL DB via T-SQL

The other day I took a Microsoft Learn course about securing Azure SQL DB. It was really enjoyable and I learned quite a bit, but one of the things that really stood out was the fact that you can control the firewall via T-SQL. Now the reason this stands out… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 16 January 2019

Let’s talk SQL Server Waits: Topic 2 – CXPacket

With our effort to talk about SQL Waits we come across another common wait called CXPacket. Last week we reviewed SOS_Scheduler_Yield.

If you see CXPacket waits on your supported system you can safely assume you have execution plans running parallel. Any time you have queries running parallel you will see… Read more

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Posted in vitamindba on 16 January 2019

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