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I started out working with Microsoft Access and SQL Server back in 2000 as the only employee doing IT full-time, and worked most of my career where “big fish in a little pond” was an overstatement. Learning is scarce when you do everything and don’t work with anyone who knows more than you. In 2010 I was plunged into the Ocean and grabbed onto anything I could find to stay afloat. I wasn’t going to simply run scripts I didn’t understand, so I learned the DMVs and system tables in the scripts I found and rewrote them all. Now, I know enough where I can start giving back to a community that saved me from drowning.

Archives: February 2016

I/O Baseline Comparison – Idera Diagnostic Manager

What servers need the most attention when it comes to I/O?  When I increase the memory on a server what effect does it have on I/O?  What was it before the change and what was it afterwards?

These are tough questions, and I have a script that I hope will… Read more

0 comments, 802 reads

Posted in Simple SQL Server on 29 February 2016

Wait Stats Baseline Comparison – Idera Diagnostic Manager

Database servers have to wait on different resources, and these waits are huge to the performance of SQL Server.  Sometimes something changes without our knowledge and is running differently than normal, this is the first place you look to see what’s going on.  On the other side, you may have… Read more

1 comments, 607 reads

Posted in Simple SQL Server on 22 February 2016

Shrinking Database Log Files

Files in SQL Server need to grow as the database grows, and in very specific circumstances need to be shrunk as well with additional maintenance.  There is quite a bit different between log files and data files, so I created a separate post for Shrinking Database Data Files.

When…

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2 comments, 1,202 reads

Posted in Simple SQL Server on 15 February 2016

Database Log VLFs

Virtual Log Files (VLFs) split a physical database log file into smaller segments, which are required for how log files work in the background.  These are created automatically, but automatically doesn’t always mean perfect.  Here’s a practical view of what you need to know and how you can set them… Read more

4 comments, 679 reads

Posted in Simple SQL Server on 8 February 2016

TempDB Excessive Memory Usage Example

I see TempDB using more memory than I feel it should and found a way to resolve it.  Previously I dove into technical details and questioning what I saw in my post TempDB Memory Leak? which is great for proving and debugging an issue.  Now I want to step back… Read more

0 comments, 2,612 reads

Posted in Simple SQL Server on 1 February 2016