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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Archives: March 2012

Execution Plan for a User Defined Function

When you execute a multi-statement user-defined function you may see an execution plan that looks something like this:

It appears as if the cost of the UDF is free. This is especially true if you use the UDF in a query with other objects, such as joining it to actual… Read more

10 comments, 3,385 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 March 2012

TDE and Compression

I knew that enabling TDE would cause the information stored within to, effectively, be randomized, which means it would seriously impact the ability for backup compression to work well. It even says this in Books Online:

Encrypted data compresses significantly less than equivalent unencrypted data. If TDE is used…

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1 comments, 1,140 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 19 March 2012

SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn & A Thorough Setup

It’s surprisingly easy to set up the new AlwaysOn features. I’ve done it on VMs running on my laptop, from scratch, three times in the last few weeks. It’s easy because there are a set of validations that your run for the cluster and for the AlwaysOn setup that ensure… Read more

10 comments, 1,911 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 12 March 2012

Let’s Talk

I’m travelling to several upcoming events and I’d love to sit down and talk with you. Yes, I get it, most of these events you’re going to see the sessions, but you really should plan on networking too. Here’s your chance to get started on that:

Southern New England SQL… Read more

1 comments, 407 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 8 March 2012