With A Little Bit of Care, You Can Use the DMVs to Auto-Create Some Missing Indexes, Here Is How (but with Caveats)
Here's the useful join from a number of Index related DMVs - it grabs the top 50 possible missing indexes ordered by priority
select top 50 priority = avg_total_user_cost * avg_user_impact *(user_seeks + user_scans)
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Installation Step by Step Guide - Saving System Admins, DBAs, Developers and Support Technicians A Wee Bit O' Misery
I've uploaded to SkyDrive a complete step by step guide for a SQL Server 2008 R2 installation because I prefer to see this done correctly than butchered, hope it helps save some time for those dealing with this vast task, including how to install a service pack and where to… Read more
DB Security Workshop @ Oracle Montreal
I have dedicated several posts on the importance of being a Data Steward, and the consequences of not doing so, or in my case having been prevented from doing so within the government due to my ethnicity. But I digress… back to stressing…
Managing SQL Server in a Virtual World Notes (View Complete Slide Show)
Hosted by MVP Kevin Kline, Quest Software
Guest presenter Jason Hall, SQL Server consultant to Quest software
Updated Data Migration Assistants (5th Version Already) & Project Template to Help with Your Upgrades
After having spent much time attempting to settle a point regarding my favourite pastime of provincial politics, it has come to my attention that there is a neglected readership here, which I do regret sincerely. Thus, ever interested to right what is wrong, I wish to dive right back…
Simple Database User-Access Security Validation & Granting Elevated Access Temporarily Using the Execute As Statement
If you ever want to validate what level of access a user has within a database OR wish to temporarily give elevated access to a database user’s object code (e.g. within a stored procedure) and not provide them directly with the privileges, you can profit from the Execute As Read more
Full Time Employees Per Number of Database Users? FTE/DB users? How Many Servers are too much to Handle?
After several days research, I have been trying to get a rough estimate on how many Full Time Employees are allocated per number of database users and/or servers.
Yes, I understand there are so many variables, considering that one database can be left alone for years perhaps thanks to proper… Read more
Notes from Solid State for SQL Server with Wes Brown from Today’s Idera Broadcast – SSD Best Practices for Database Servers
The following is a combination of notes from Wes Brown’s presentation today, with edited details from his http://sqlserverio.com/ post on this subject, and my own notes and comments from the webinar this afternoon at 3-4pm. Wes, approving of this write up, also provided PDFs+PPT links for this presentation (I have… Read more
A couple of years back, in the heart of the economic tsunami, I proposed a list of pro-active steps to reduce long-term costs associated with the management of your SQL Server database systems. An Updated list is below.
Normally, I would be putting out a new content, but… Read more
Part - 07 Exerpts from "The Tyranny of Bill-101" - Part 07
Commenting on how frustrating it is for DBAs to deal with a corrupt Judicial System that attacks victims of White Collar Crime, and specifically this decision, that doesn't recognise what our role is with relation to database… Read more
I’m part of a Committee that is dedicated to eliminating discriminatory legislation in Quebec, here’s a statement we released last week after a Death Threat from the one-man show Quebec Militia ‘Major’ Provost:
The goal of our Greater Montreal Multi-Ethnic Territory Committee to Abolish Bill 101, is begin the… Read more
Canada Begins Return to Democracy as the ‘Harper Government’ Found in Contempt of Parliament, a First Throughout the Commonwealth – And No Confidence Vote Triggers the Election Race
For over a week now, Canada has begun its return to appearing to be a democracy thanks to a Liberal No Confidence Motion on Friday, March 25th. On March 9th, I warned several key Liberal MPs to be very prepared for such a motion because of the backfire… Read more
How to Counter Intolerance, Adapted from UNESCO’s Recommendations
1. The Battle Against Intolerance Requires Law
Every Political Entity needs to reinforce Human Rights, and punish crimes motivated by hate against minorities, whether they be committed by individuals working for the state, private organisations or by individuals in their own… Read more
What is the Most Deployed Database Engine in the World? You’d Be Surprised! It’s Serverless, Self-Contained & Transactional
Just the other week; I was asked to help validate an application database hosted on a Mac, when I was introduced to the public domain database engine SQLite. To my surprise, it is actually the most deployed database engine in the world, since it is so small and… Read more
3rd Simple-Talk.com Article: 'The Polyglot of Databases: How Knowledge of MySQL and Oracle Can Give SQL Server DBAs an Advantage'
After revising the popular Blog post, Developing Your DBA Skills Futher Thanks to Experience with Multiple RDBMS, of just over a year ago, and great editing work from Andrew Clarke and Chris Massey, the third article for Simple talk has come to life.
Monitoring Database Infrastructure and Performance with Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and Oracle Instance Monitoring, Plus Visio Plug-In
SCOM Does the core job of monitoring SQL Server instances very well (Health Monitoring) – but it is not going to make maintenance plans for you.
You need to set up the database infrastructure first, so go to this article to start your SCOM journey: Here is a guide… Read more
Attending 2011 MVP Summit in Bellevue/Redmond, WA – Great Face-time with Fellow Speakers/Writers/Bloggers
The raincoast weather could be a little better, but so far, I am very happy with the brain-filling load of sessions we are having here at Microsoft’s Campus, and mostly in a building they call the ‘Mixer’. The first day, yesterday, I managed to get out for a couple… Read more
How to Avoid SQL Server 2008 Lingering Evaluation Installs - Validation Before Applying SP2 (10.0.2531 to 10.0.4000)
We wound up in a nasty situation recently where SP2 could not be applied to an instance of SQL Server. After messing around for hours with attempts to rebuild a corrupt master database, with the following startup in Admin-only mode:
sqlservr -c; -m"sqlcmd"; -f; -ServerName\InstanceNameIfNotDefault; -e"C:\path… Read more