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Checklist: DR Plan Sanity Check

If a disaster struck tomorrow, are you ready for it? Are you sure you thought of everything? I cannot count the number of times something happened, and I thought that I should have been able to anticipate that. It can be a big benefit to get another viewpoint on your…

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31 Days of Disaster Recovery Revisited

A few years ago, I did a blog post series dedicated to disaster recovery (backups, restores, corruption, etc). 31 blog posts dedicated to the topic (though not 31 days in a row) have been compiled into a 75 page eBook that can be downloaded from the new website SQL Server…

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Patching SQL Server and SSMS? Order matters.

If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not have noticed how frequently SSMS is getting updated. The SQL Team is really rocking over at Microsoft putting out fixes and enhancements fast and furious. When CUs (cumulative updates) and SPs (service packs) come out, it makes sense to install…

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T-SQL Tuesday #93: 3 Jobs I Didn’t Take and 1 I did

It’s T-SQL Tuesday again, and this month’s host is Kendra Little (blog|@), and the excellent topic selected by Kendra is Interviewing Patterns & Anti-Patterns. When I logged on to Twitter this morning, the first tweet I saw was for Brent Ozar’s (@BrentO) post The DBA Job I Turned Down. It…

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Real-life SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting at SQLSaturday Columbus

Join me Friday, July 21, 2017 for a day of Real-life SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting as part of SQLSaturday Columbus at Otterbein University Campus Center in Columbus, OH. Register for SQLSaturday Columbus before it fills up, and check out the early bird pricing for the pre-conference sessions the day before.…

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T-SQL Tuesday #90: The Death of the DBA in a DevOps World Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

It’s time for another iteration of the blog party known as T-SQL Tuesday. This month’s theme is Shipping Database Changes hosted by James Anderson (|@). Head on over to John’s announcement post and join in with the party by writing your own post or by just reading those that are…

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Why Log Shipping is Better than Database Mirroring for Migrations

This topic has come up several times recently, so I feel the need to blog on it. As the person who wrote the book on Database Mirroring, it will probably come as a surprise to many of you that I believe that log shipping is a much better tool for…

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24 Hours of PASS: Security: Session Files

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation for the 24 Hours of PASS event on May 3rd. This iteration of the event was wholly focused on security, and my presentation was Securing SQL Server Processes with Certificates. If you missed it, the sessions were recorded and will be posted on…

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T-SQL Tuesday #88: My Top WTF Moments

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday #88 being hosted this month by Kennie Nybo Pontoppidan (blog|@KennieNP). This month’s topic is the “daily (database-related) WTF”, and I want to share some of my top WTF moments. If you would like to participate in this month’s blog party, go to Kennie’s invitational blog post:…

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2016/2017 Whitepaper Updates

One of the problems with whitepapers is that they get out of date pretty quickly. It’s important to update them regularly to keep them relevant. A few of my older whitepapers have been updated by my friend and colleague Kenneth Fisher (blog|@sqlstudent144). I helped with some technical review and provided…

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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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T-SQL Tuesday #87 – New Way to See Wait Stats for a Single Query

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday #87 being hosted this month by Matt Gordon (blog|@sqlatspeed). This month’s topic is “Fixing Old Problems with Shiny New Toys”. The old problem I’m going to talk about is seeing what wait types are experienced by a particular query. If you would like to participate in…

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Warning: Not a valid checkpoint file name

One of the other DBAs I work with noticed a warning message that was flooding the log files on one of our servers. He asked me to look into it. I did a Bing search for the warning message and found no useful links. This is the warning message: [WARNING]…

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Finding Automatic Soft-NUMA

If you already know about Automatic Soft-NUMA in SQL Server 2016, then you probably already read the blog post SQL 2016 – It Just Runs Faster: Automatic Soft NUMA by Robert Dorr, who makes up one half of “the Bobs” that run the BobSQL blog. The other Bob, Bob Ward…

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T-SQL Tuesday #85 Part Deux: Backup Myth Restoring Differential Backups

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday #85 being hosted this month by Kenneth Fisher (blog|@SQLStudent144). This month’s topic is “Backup and Recovery”. This is one of my favorite topics, so the hard part was narrowing down what I want to cover .. as you can probably tell by me doing a second…

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T-SQL Tuesday #85: Backup Log With NoRecovery

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday #85 being hosted this month by Kenneth Fisher (blog|@SQLStudent144). This month’s topic is “Backup and Recovery”. This is one of my favorite topics, so the hard part was narrowing down what I want to cover. If you would like to participate in this month’s blog party,…

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T-SQL Tuesday #83: Resource Governor CAP_CPU_PERCENT: It just runs faster?

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday #83 being hosted this month by Andy Mallon (blog|@AMTwo). This month’s topic is “We’re still dealing with the same problems”. If you would like to participate in this month’s blog party, go to Andy’s announcing blog post: T-SQL Tuesday #83: We’re still dealing with the same…

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T-SQL Tuesday #81 – Migrating Databases with Dell LiteSpeed

It’s time for T-SQL Tuesday again, and this month’s host is fellow Certified Master and Data Platform MVP Jason Brimhall (Blog|@sqlrnnr). Jason has challenged us to spend some time sharpening a skill and then blog about it. For my participation, I found myself needing to get reacquainted with a third-party…

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T-SQL Tuesday #80 – SQL Birthday Present

It’s time for another round of the global blog party we call T-SQL Tuesday. This is T-SQL Tuesday #80 and happens to fall on the hosts birthday. First order of business is to wish our host, Chris Yates (blog|@YatesSQL), a very happy birthday! The next order of business is to…

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Possible Infinite Recompile Was Detected for SQLHANDLE

On one of my SQL Server instances, I see a lot of these infinite recompile messages in the SQL log. Sounds bad, but they never lined up with any detected errors or failures, and I always seemed to have more important things to focus on so I let it slide.…

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