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Estimated Costs of All Queries

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

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 20 February 2017

Penny wise, pound stupid

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

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Posted in SQLStudies on 20 February 2017

Setting up SQL Server to SQL Database (Azure) Replication

I had a need to setup transactional replication from my SQL Server to SQL Database (Azure) where I only needed a selection of tables that I wanted to off-load to Azure.  For this post I will be going through the … Continue reading

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1 comments, 95 reads

Posted in All About SQL on 20 February 2017

Adding a T-SQL Job Step to a SQL Agent Job with PowerShell

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

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 20 February 2017

DevOps Webinar Tomorrow

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.

Register now, and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2017

Monday Coffee 2017-02-20

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

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 20 February 2017

SQL Cruise 2017 – Western Carribean – my experience

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 Mala's Data Blog on 19 February 2017

Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI 2017 Top 3 Rankings

This is a different spin on the top three vendor rankings visualized in Power BI.  According to the placement of the chart elements in the “Visionary/Leader” quadrant, Microsoft leads Tableau by a little over 36% in the “Vision Completeness “ score and Tableau beat out Microsoft on the “Ability to…

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Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 17 February 2017

The Costs of Hiring Cheaper Consultants

From time to time, I see posts in forums from people complaining about how much some consultants charge. A really good consultant is never going to be cheap. That’s just the law of supply and demand at work right there. When I was consulting, I had plenty of people balk…

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Friday Reading 2017-02-17

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

What Are FeFETs?
Article about a new memory type (FeFETs) that… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 17 February 2017

CLR Stored Procedure Cannot Be Marked as System Object?

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

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Posted in DBA Philosophy on 17 February 2017

Updates to the Power BI course

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

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 16 February 2017


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

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Posted in SQLStudies on 16 February 2017

Managing Bad Data

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

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 16 February 2017

True story: Encryption in progress stuck

Working with a couple of databases that needed TDE I noticed when I enabled one of them that it was stuck on “encryption in progress” for quite a while. Using the following query I confirmed the following: (source: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677274.aspx) My … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 16 February 2017

Resolution of Database Consistency Error in SQL Server

There are so many facilities and amenities in SQL Server along with built-in methods, which assist users in some bad situations. It is possible that sometimes SQL server put the users in annoying circumstances when it becomes very difficult for them to access the database. At such situations, the very…

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Posted in SQL Mighty on 16 February 2017

PowerShell Virtual Group of PASS February Newsletter

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

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Posted in SQLvariant on 15 February 2017

Viewing container logs

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

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 15 February 2017

Columnstore Indexes – part 98 (“Null Expressions & String Aggregates”)

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

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Posted in Niko's blog on 15 February 2017

SQL Clone and Encryption

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

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 February 2017

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