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DotNine SQL Server and more

I am a database specialist from the Netherland with my main focus on Microsoft SQL Server. My IT career began 14 years ago as a System Administrator. I have been working with SQL Server for more then 10 years now and a full time DBA for 5 years.

Hangout with Boris Hristov

A couple of days ago I had the great pleasure to join Boris Hristov in one of his awesome SQL Hangouts!
This was hangout number 30 (!!) he recorded and it is now available to watch over at his blog: http://t.co/wNwiA6t0QP.

We talked about how life is for DBA’s… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 17 January 2015

In-Memory OLTP Part 2 : Memory-Optimized tables

In part 1 of the In-memory OLTP articles we gave you an introduction into In-memory OLTP, showing what the requirements are, the limitations and a quick look at the Advisors.

In this article we are going to dive a little deeper into a large portion of In-memory OLTP: Memory-Optimized (or… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 11 January 2015

Looking back on 2014

When a new year comes around it is always a great time to reflect on the previous year.
2014 was a very special year for me, a lot of great stuff happened and I had some great chances to meet new people and travel!

First of all, 2014 was the… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 6 January 2015

Video articles

While thinking of ways to improve the way I can get SQL Server information across to those who follow my blog or read my articles, I came up with a new feature: video articles!

Reading an article on the internet is a great way to learn, but viewing or listening… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 30 November 2014

In-memory OLTP Part 1: Introduction to In-memory OLTP

SQL Server 2014 introduced probably one of the biggest changes to the SQL Server engine since years, “In-memory OLTP” (or Hekaton). In-memory OLTP lets you move tables from your traditional, disk based, storage and moves them directly into the memory (RAM) of your SQL Server instance. Traditional storage throughput and… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 21 November 2014

Busy times

It has been a pretty long time since my last blog post but with good reason!

The last month and a half I have been spending time on some great SQL Server events like SQLSaturday Holland and SQLSaturday Bulgaria.
It was great to see so many people willing to… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 12 November 2014

Wait Statistics #4 LCK_M_xx

In the 4th article of the Wait Statistics series we will dive into LCK_M_xx waits. This is another wait type you are sure to see in your environment!

LCK_M_xx waits

As you can guess the LCK_M_xx waits have a relation with locking, they are generated when a query wants… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 26 September 2014

Speaking at SQLSaturday #311 Bulgaria

More good news! I will be speaking on SQLSaturday #311 Bulgaria.

If you read this blog and will attend the event, come and say hi!

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 16 September 2014

SQL Server column encryption

We use databases to store a lot of information. This can also include sensitive information we don’t want to give everyone access to. While we can use permission or views to ‘hide’ our sensitive information it will still be stored as plain text in our table. We can use column… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 2 September 2014

Speaking at SQLSaturday #336 Holland

I received some great news this week, my session about wait statistics is selected for SQLSaturday #336 in Utrecht, Holland!

This will be my first SQLSaturday as a speaker and I am really looking forward to it!

There are more than 160 sessions submitted by great SQL Server experts around… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 23 August 2014

New website

As you can see the webpage has changed!

New features are:
– Syntax highlighting on code snippets (and easy copy/paste)
– Better readability
– Faster
– Less spam in comments

All articles can be viewed again. I tried to update all the internal links, if, however, you find a link… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 11 August 2014

Examining OLEDB waits

On our adventure through the various types of wait statistics we end up at another popular wait type: OLEDB.
In this article we will take a closer look at OLEDB waits to help you understand where they come from.

OLEDB

OLEDB or, Object Linking and Embedding DataBase, is a Microsoft… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 11 July 2014

Examining OLEDB waits

On our adventure through the various types of wait statistics we end up at another popular wait type: OLEDB.
In this article we will take a closer look at OLEDB waits to help you understand where they come from.

OLEDB

OLEDB or, Object Linking and Embedding DataBase, is a Microsoft…

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 11 July 2014

Finding the last successful CHECKDB

One very important part of your SQL Server maintenance procedure should be running consistency checks on a regular basis using CHECKDB. Not only does CHECKDB check the health of important internal pages of your database like PFS, GAM, IAM and many more, it also check for errors in your data…

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 26 June 2014

Finding the last successful CHECKDB

One very important part of your SQL Server maintenance procedure should be running consistency checks on a regular basis using CHECKDB. Not only does CHECKDB check the health of important internal pages of your database like PFS, GAM, IAM and many more, it also check for errors in your data… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 26 June 2014

Query backup history

As a quick script tip for today I’ll show you a script I use regularly for reporting purposes.
It shows you the backup history on your instance for successful backups ordered by the most recent first:

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 13 June 2014

Query backup history

As a quick script tip for today I'll show you a script I use regularly for reporting purposes.
It shows you the backup history on your instance for successful backups ordered by the most recent first:

-- Get the latest successful backups
-- Shows databasename, backup start & end time,…

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 13 June 2014

Examining PAGEIOLATCH waits

In a previous article we looked at CXPACKET waits, a wait type that is can be on the top of your server’s list if you enabled parallelism using the MDOP setting.

Another wait type that you probably will be seeing in your top 10 of waits (unless you have… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 6 June 2014

Examining PAGEIOLATCH waits

In a previous article we looked at CXPACKET waits, a wait type that is can be on the top of your server’s list if you enabled parallelism using the MDOP setting.

Another wait type that you probably will be seeing in your top 10 of waits (unless you have…

Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 6 June 2014

How SQL Server statistics are generated and updated

One of the easiest ways to increase query performance on your database is making sure your statistics are up-to-date. Statistics are – if you enabled the options in your database properties – automatically created and updated by the SQL Server Engine. This does not however mean that the statistics are… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 16 May 2014

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