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Is the Master Certification Dead or Will it be Born Again?

The Certified Master and Architect community was collectively notified Friday, August 30, 10 PM Pacific Time (Microsoft Time) that the Certified Master (MCM/MCSM) and Certified Architect (MCA) programs are essentially dead. For those of you who are already in the process of earning the certification, you have until October 1,…

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Setting My Course for Adventure and You Can Too

I’m setting my course for a new adventure, my mind on a new … undertaking. My apologies if you thought this would be an announcement about SQL Cruise. It’s not, but I am starting a new adventure, and one of the really cool things about it is that a lot…

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T-SQL Tuesday #45 – Who’s Auditing My SSIS Packages?

It’s time once again for that monthly geek party again we like to call T-SQL Tuesday. T-SQL Tuesday #45 is hosted this month by Mickey Stuewe (Blog|@SQLMickey). You are invited to visit her blog to join the blog party. You are also welcome to write your own participating blog post…

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DBCC CHECKDB … Terminated Abnormally Due to Error State 6

I recently encountered a DBCC CHECKDB failure with a fairly non-specific failure message. The error message said it terminated abnormally with error state 6. I felt I knew what the underlying cause was, but I did some web searches trying to validate what I suspected. I could find nothing that…

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Looking for Buried Treasure in the Transaction Log

Lately, I’ve been finding more and more reasons to look in the transaction log for investigative purposes. Questions come up quite regularly asking how to determine who performed some action such as deleting data, changing logins, or disabling jobs. The first reaction may be that if you aren’t auditing for…

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Bug: sys.dm_db_session_space_usage Reporting Extremely High Tempdb Allocations

A little more than a year ago while working at Idera, I was consulted on reports from a few clients using the Idera monitoring tool SQL diagnostic manager (SQLdm). SQLdm was reporting very high numbers for internal object allocations (internal_objects_alloc_page_count) and very low numbers for internal object deallocations (internal_objects_dealloc_page_count) to…

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T-SQL Tuesday #41 – Presenting Comes Full Circle and I Love It!

It’s time for that monthly geek party again we like to call T-SQL Tuesday. T-SQL Tuesday is one of the greatest assemblage of geeks since the Tri-Lambda and Alpha-Mu mixer … this week. T-SQL Tuesday #41, hosted this month by Bob Pusateri (Blog|@SQLBob). You are invited to visit his blog…

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Network Packet Size: to Fiddle With or Not to Fiddle With

A network pipeline isn’t nearly as pleasant to look at as the oil pipeline (or anything) in Alaska, but it’s something that DBAs should be aware of. There is a server configuration in SQL Server that controls the size of packet in which SQL Server sends out data. This setting…

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Day 31 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Backup and Restore of the Resource Database

It has been a long journey to the final day my 31 Days of Disaster Recovery series, but we have finally reached the final post, day 31. My final topic for the series is born out of a conversation I had today with my good friend and fellow DBA, Ed…

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Day 30 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery (T-SQL Tuesday #40): Using Partial Availability and Initialize from Backup to Replicate a Partial Database

It’s been a tough and long road to 31 Days of Disaster Recovery. It’s been very difficult coming up with quality topic ideas for the series as we near the end. For day 30 of the series, I am combining a post on performing piecemeal restores with a post on…

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The Saddest Thing I Ever Heard a Manager Say

I am currently going through the process of looking for a new opportunity for my career. I’m going through the rigamarole of doing interviews and talking numbers with recruiters, etc. I’m even considering a position at Microsoft whome I left last year after spending 5 years there. All of these…

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Day 29 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Using Database Snapshots to Restore Replicated Databases in Test

For day 29 of my 31 Days of Disaster Recover series, I want to talk about restoring replicated databases from database snapshots. Someone asked me recently if I had any recommendations for speeding up their unit testing on replicated databases. He has to run unit tests over and over on…

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SQL Saturday #198, Vancouver, BC Session Files

This past weekend was SQL Saturday #198 in Vancouver, B.C. It started off with a leisurely drive up to Vancouver on Friday and getting settled in to my hotel room. I was in the first slot of the day, and had a decent turnout despite the early hours. Whenever I…

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Day 28 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Recovering SQL if the Tempdb Drive Dies

Welcome to day 28 of my series 31 Days of Disaster Recovery. Today I want to talk about recovering SQL Server if your tempdb drive suddenly dies. SQL Server won’t start if it can’t start up tempdb, so it poses a challenge if you can’t get the drive up and…

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Day 27 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Restoring Part of a Database

Today is day 27 of my series 31 Days of Disaster Recovery, and I want to talk about restoring a partial database to a server. If you have a very large database with many filegroups, and you need to restore just part of the database, then you can perform a…

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SQLSoldier World Tour Kicks Off in 1 Week

The SQLSoldier World Tour kicks off this next Friday when I head up to Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. I will be doing 1 session on Saturday called Implementing Contained Databases. If you haven’t worked with this feature yet, I think I have quite a few things to tell you…

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Day 26 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: The Mysterious Case of the Long Backup

Welcome back for day 26 of my series 31 Days of Disaster Recovery. Today I want to share a tale of a mysterious backup that was running too long, and as the SAN admin reported, nothing had changed in terms of configuration of the SAN or our LUNs. We eventually…

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Day 25 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Improving Performance of Backups and Restores

My series 31 Days of Disaster recovery has been on hiatus due mostly to illness. I’ve been battling a chest cold that became bronchitis. I’m still fighting cough, but even that has improved to the point that I’m now sleeping longer at night than night. It wasn’t so much that…

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Day 24 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Handling Corruption in a Clustered Index

Welcome to day 24 of my 31 Days of Disaster Recovery series. Previously, I’ve talked about several different forms of corruption: Nonclustered Index, Allocation Pages, and Tempdb. these were all fairly simple to fix. Today I’m going to dive into a scenario that is a little more complex, clustered indexes.…

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Day 23 of 31 Days of Disaster Recovery: Restoring Differential Backups With New Files

It’s day 23 of my 31 Days of Disaster Recovery series, and today’s blog post is inspired from an email i received in response to day 20′s blog post The Case of the Backups That Wouldn’t Restore. A friend shared a story with me via email about a partial restore…

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