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Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY

I’m a forty-something Microsoft SQL Server DBA of 15+ years, a devoted husband, and a father of three young boys. I have been a DBA at a public university, at a major bank, at a healthcare system, and I now work as a remote DBA with customers across the United States. I write and speak primarily about the tips and tricks that I discover along my SQL Server journey.

Archives: January 2016

Speaking at SQL Saturday #500 in Boston!




I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday #500 in Boston on March 19th - I will be speaking (at 9am in the morning!) on "Getting Started with Extended Events":

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Few subjects in Microsoft SQL Server inspire the same amount of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD)…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 25 January 2016

Counting Your VLFs, or, Temp Tables Inside IF...ELSE Blocks

There are many many blog posts out there about Virtual Log Files (VLFs) - one of the absolute best is "8 Steps to Better Transaction Log Throughput" from Kimberly Tripp (blog/@KimberlyLTripp) of SQLskills as well as the several other posts she links to from…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 21 January 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #74 - Who Grew The Database?



This month T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Robert Davis (blog/@SQLSoldier) and his topic of choice is “Be The Change

(If you don’t know about T-SQL Tuesday check out the information here – each month there is a new topic and it is a great…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 12 January 2016

Why is my SQL Server using all of the RAM on the server?

The TL;DR on this is simple:

"BECAUSE IT'S SUPPOSED TO!"

A frequent complaint we receive comes from a client that has an in-house sysadmin monitoring tool like Microsoft SCOM/SCCM.  They turn the tool on and it starts red-alerting because the Windows server hosting SQL Server is at…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 8 January 2016