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Performance Counters: Why It Depends

When you’re working through some vague performance issues (e.g., “SQL Server seems slow today”), one of the common things to do is to collect some performance counters. If you are collecting performance counters for the first time on the server, you don’t have anything to compare them against. This usually…

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Speaking at SQL PASS Summit 2014

I am honored to be selected to deliver 2 sessions at the SQL PASS Summit 2014. I will be delivering a half day session on administering BI systems and a regular session on techniques for indexing. If you were selected to speak this year, congratulations. I look forward to attending…

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Size Matters: 2 Products to Accelerate SQL Traffic

I talked previously about network pipelines and how to get the most out of a fat network in the post Network Packet Size: to Fiddle With or Not to Fiddle With. If you need to move large amounts of data and have a network infrastructure that can support a larger…

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Why is Your SQL Server Slow? All-for-one and One-for-all

I have one more thing I want to talk about regarding the conversation I had recently with my friends and former colleagues at Idera about the things that slow down SQL Server. Another “quick performance wins” you can take advantage of is segregating the types of files SQL Server uses.…

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Why is Your SQL Server Slow? Here’s a Hint

I was talking recently with my friends and former colleagues at Idera about the things that slow down SQL Server. Specifically, the discussion was about things that people could change without a lot of trouble to make their SQL Server run faster. I like to use the phrase “quick performance…

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Performance Tuning Pre-con and More at SQLSaturday 277 RVA

Join me for 2 days of fun and education at SQL Saturday #277 in Richmond, VA on March 21 and 22, 2014. I will be delivering an all-day pre-con session, Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting Like a Pro, on Friday, March 21. The session is only $99 if you sign up…

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Schema-only Backups and Restores

I was reading the blog post Time for a Quick Rant by Grant Fritchey (blog|@GFritchey) about people who choose to not back up a database simply because it is large. I agree wholeheartedly with Grant on this topic. Simply choosing not to back up a database is, well to put…

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DBA: Guardian of the Data

I was asked recently by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on…

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T-SQL Tuesday #50: Doing More With Less

It’s time once again for that monthly geek party again we like to call T-SQL Tuesday. T-SQL Tuesday #50 is hosted this month by Hemanth.D (Blog|@SQLChow). You are invited to visit his blog to join the blog party. You are also welcome to write your own participating blog post for…

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Who Owns SQL Backups?

I was asked by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on Twitter…

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When DMVs Cost Me My Job

Back in early 2006, I was still working at my first ever DBA job. I had only been a DBA for a little less than 3 years, but I felt like I knew a lot. I spent every night on the forums helping people with issues as a way of…

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T-SQL Tuesday #49: Wait For It Roundup

A huge round of applause and my thanks to all of the participants and spectators for this month’s edition of T-SQL Tuesday. I hope I didn’t keep you waiting too long for the roundup. <rimshot> Let’s take a look at this month’s participating blog posts: Fellow Certified Master (MCM) Rob…

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Enabling High Performance Power Plan via PowerShell

One of the projects I’ve been working on recently was to automate our production SQL Server installs including our standard configuration changes. Much of this process was already done by my predecessor Nic Cain (blog|@SirSQL) who had written an interactive PowerShell process for doing the SQL Server installs and making…

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T-SQL Tuesday #49: My Go-To Query For Waiting Tasks

I’m not just hosting T-SQL Tuesday, I’m a customer as well. Err, I mean participant. Topic for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, hosted by yours truly, is … wait for it … Waits and Queues. For my donation to this little blog party, I’m contributing my favorite go-to query for waiting…

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Never an Infinite Loop Around When You Need One

You may be thinking, “You’re a DBA. I thought DBAs hated infinite loops.” Well, you’re right, most of the time. As with most things, there are times when infinite loops can be useful, as long as there is some attainable condition that breaks us out of it. I found myself…

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T-SQL Tuesday #49: Topic is … Wait for It …

Have you been waiting to hear about this month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic? Here’s the announcement, right here and right now. The topic for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday is … wait for it … What? Still waiting? Well, suspend your confusion because that’s it. The topic is (queue the fanfare) Waits.…

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Introduction to Integrity: Data Purity Errors

The final day of this six part series, Introduction to Integrity, sponsored by Idera and their new free tool SQL Integrity Checkhas finally reached its conclusion. Today is the final post and the final integrity issue that I am going to talk about: Data Purity Errors. Data purity issues are…

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Introduction to Integrity: Chain Linkage Problems

We’re approaching the end of our six part series Introduction to Integrity, sponsored by Idera with our last two postings this week. One of the last two integrity issues, and the one I’ll cover today is chain linkage problems. Chain linkage problems are metadata corruption issues. It is possible in…

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New Whitepaper: 5 Most Common Critical SQL Integrity Issues

Have you been putting off running integrity checks on your databases? Are you unsire where to start or what to do? Stop hesitating and get started right now. If you are new to database integrity and corruption, we have a helping hand to get you started. A new whitepaper on…

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Introduction to Integrity: Corruption in Nonclustered Indexes

It’s day four of our six part series Introduction to Integrity, sponsored by Idera, and tonight’s topic is going to be an easy one. You won’t even need good backups to deal with this one. After you have dealt with several incidents of corruption, you will find yourself hoping for…

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