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One question constantly comes up; What should the Cost Threshold for Parallelism be? The default value of 5 is pretty universally denigrated (well, not by Microsoft, but by most everyone else). However, what value should you set yours to?
What Do Your Plans Cost?
I have a question right back… Read more
Growing up my mother used this phrase quite a bit. Penny wise, pound stupid. (In case you didn’t know the pound is the British equivalent of the dollar.) Basically, it means paying attention to the small stuff at the expense of the big stuff. My favorite example of this… Read more
In my last post, I explained how to alter an existing job step across many servers. I also had cause to add a T-SQL Job step to a large number of jobs as well. This is how I did it.
As before I gathered the required jobs using Get-SQLAgentJob… Read more
A quick reminder that tomorrow, Feb 21 at 12pm EST, I’ll be hosting another DevOps, Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) webinar. Together with Arneh Eskandari, we’ll show how we can each make changes to our own database, push the changes to git and reconcile merge issues.
No rugby on last weekend so I didn’t have anything to distract me from working. On another note, my flat has never been cleaner!
So last week Microsoft announced Availability Groups for SQL Server on Linux.
This is a big announcement as one of the first things I noticed… Read more
As some readers may know, I am a regular attendee on SQL Cruise s for 8 years now. SQLCruise is a training(&-vacation for some) event organized by Tim Ford(b | t ) and Amy Ford (t) that happens twice a year. I went on the first one… Read more
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Posted in SQL Server Soldier :: News from the frontlines of the database wars on 17 February 2017
Is it me or is February dragging? Anyway, mixed in with this crazy week I’ve been reading: –
SQL Server vs SQL Server vNext
Henrico Bekker runs through a performance comparison of SQL Server against SQL Server on Linux
It is an open secret that in SQL Server, we can “create a system object” by using an undocumented stored procedure sp_MS_marksystemobject as explained here.
The benefit is that when you put a SP in the [master] database and mark it as system object, this SP can then be… Read more
Recently I published an open-source course/workshop to learn Power BI Desktop. Fellow MVP Dan English (blog | twitter) gave me the excellent feedback that IMDB actually doesn’t like people scraping their website for data. Furthermore, the OMDB API appears to have fallen almost out of funds and is… Read more
I had an interesting problem recently. A database was stuck in single user mode. How exactly was it stuck you ask? Well, 4-5 system sessions were holding locks on the database (and blocking each other). Which meant I wasn’t able to get exclusive use of the database which is required… Read more
In the last post in my ongoing series about ETL best practices, I discussed the importance of error handling in ETL processes, reviewing best practices for application flow to prevent or gracefully recover from a systematic error or data anomaly. In this post, I’ll dig a bit further into that… Read more
We had a schedule conflict so today’s meeting will be pushed until next Wednesday. However, we have a last-minute meeting tonight (this afternoon, tomorrow, whichever time zone you’re in).
In this newsletter:
- Add SSRS to the SQLServer PowerShell Provider?
- Tonight: PowerShell ? SQL Server: Modern Database Administration with dbatools
I’ve been going over some demos for a presentation that I’ll be giving this year and I thought I’d write this quick post about something that keeps catching me out…
…but first, a bit of shameless self promotion. I’ll be giving my session on an Introduction to SQL Server &… Read more
Continuation from the previous 97 parts, the whole series can be found at http://www.nikoport.com/columnstore/.
Continuing with the spirit of the previous blog post on the string data type limitations I decided to add a couple more items that are showing some current limitations of the Columnstore Indexes and the… Read more
I’ve been testing and working with SQL Clone for the last few months, trying to help the devs at Redgate ensure this product is ready to go when it’s released. I’ve written a few pieces on this blog, and I’ve got a new one up on the Redgate blog that… Read more