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T-SQL Tuesday #38 - Standing Firm

I often get hung up in the whirlwind of life, and one of the things that seems to slip my schedule, is remembering when the TSQL Tuesday comes about.  This time I was fortunate enough to be chatting a New Year’s chat with my buddy Jason Brimhall (blog|twitter), when I told him that I really need to get back in the blog beat as I feel I’ve been behind in the blogosphere over the last few months.

Well, with the New Year underway, he suggested that I get my game going again by participating in this month’s T-SQL Tuesday #38.  I knew when he asked me to guess who this month’s host is, I was on the hook to stay resolute and accept the challenge.  Then I found out it was Jason, and I lost interest (JUST KIDDING ;-)

Jason, aka SQL RNNR, and one of the organizers of the SQL Server Society of Las Vegas, has a great book out available called SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach.  So, it would be apropos for him to be hosting this month’s TSQL Tuesday.

So, with this first T-SQL Tuesday of 2013, Jason gets the distinguished honor of being the host to kick off the New Year with a great, but perplexing topic.  Heck, coming up with a t-sql puzzle is sometimes challenging, but the tsql Tuesday topic du’jour requires real introspection and maybe even some courage to pull it off.

Jason’s theme is laid out as follows: “Now for the theme.  A common thing for many people to do this time of year is to do a little self-reflection.  Some set meaningful goals for themselves.  Fewer actually accomplish those goals or even follow-up after initially setting the goal.”  Woah, that’s deep!  So the theme this month is “Standing Firm.”  The words of the day are resolute, resolve and resolution.

Now I don’t want to make any promises, cause that always gets you in trouble. :-)  But, one of the things I’ve been working on is a comprehensive process and collection of scripts for performance analysis.  I am embarking on a campaign for HealthySQL™.  Yes, this year I want to raise awareness for the need for regular health checks to keep your servers humming and healthy.  There are so many neglected and ailing servers out there, that even a simple diagnosis will highlight major areas for improvement.  Even so, the point is, why wait to the point your SQL Server slumps over to be rushed to the emergency repair stage?  The reactive break-fix model is passé, and must go the way of the dinosaur.  (I know some high-paid consultants might scoff at this).  However, we can prevent most major issues before they occur, and before they escalate.  Doesn’t look good when the customer has to complain they can’t get into their system. 

Proactive monitoring and on-going health checks is the key to a healthy SQL Server.  One of the important things to do is baseline your server, and watch for trends overtime, carefully looking for deviations from that baseline.  Statistics, metrics and metadata all come into play, and I have just the right bit of holistic healing.  I start out with my 15-point health check which is a snapshot of your current SQL Server environment and serves as the initial baseline.  The data gives an overview of the server and database configurations, the key KPI performance counters and measures, and inspection of SQL Server metadata.

So who’s with me?  Let’s make this a Healthy year for SQL Server!  I hereby declare to resolve and remain resolute to raise awareness in the greater SQL Server Community and beyond the importance of regular health checks, as well maintaining your sql fitness.  I will be bringing you throughout the year more blogs, articles, presentations, and tips on maintaining a healthy SQL Server.  I welcome all SQL Server professionals to join my campaign and getting the word out on HealthySQL™ The fate of millions of SQL Servers and the businesses that depend on them are at stake.  Stay tuned – it should be fun. 

Happy New Year 2013!  Jason, thanks for hosting this rendition of TSQL Tuesday.  If you want to participate you too can write a blog post, include the tsql logo, and link to Jason’s invite.

If you’d like to host, contact the founder, Adam Machanic (b | t).  You can also follow me on twitter @Pearlknows


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