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SQL Server 2014 SP1 released, and revoked

Just a brief note today to point to an article by Time Ford on SQLMag.com announcing that SQL Server 2014 SP1 has been released, and then pulled almost immediately: The problem is there was a problem with the patch. I can’t go into details until there is something formally announced…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 April 2015

SSMS regular expressions: format text into a block

Sean’s RegEx for DBAs class must be finally sinking in for me. Today I was able to figure out a RegEx thing in SQL Server Management Studio. Here’s the problem: Sometimes I document an SP in MS Word, then copy-paste the paragraph into a comment block in the SP. Of…

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2 comments, 161 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 April 2015

Connect the Nots

Today I learned that you can’t adjust the font size in SQL Server Management Studio’s Object Explorer pane. Nor registered servers, nor properties. This has been noted, and closed as “Maybe someday we’ll get to it, maybe”. This rather sucks, as the trend seems to be making more and more…

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1 comments, 144 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 2 April 2015

“Thing IS NOT NULL” isn’t the same as “Thing != NULL”

I’ve talked about NULLs before. (Ref: Here’s a bit on ISNULL(), and here’s one about understanding NULL at a basic level.)  And yet, it’s worthwhile to bring these things up from time to time. “[Thing] != NULL” is nonsense. It won’t work the way you want it to work, because…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 16 March 2015

Fun-fun-fun in the London sun (and Cardiff, and Exeter!)

We’re in London right now for SQLBits, which has been ABSOLUTELY LOVELY so far. If you happen to’ve seen our precon or one of our sessions, please submit feedback! If you’re anywhere near Cardiff, Wales on Monday 9th, or Exeter, England on Tuesday 10th, then you should hit the user…

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1 comments, 171 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 6 March 2015

Powershell to Robocopy files (say, to back up your computer to protect against CryptoWall trojan)

We were having a good time on DBAs@Midnight, when Sean got a weird pop up message that said all his files were encrypted, and he has to pay a laRobocopyToDestrge amount of money via Bitcoin to get the encryption key. The show quickly ground to a halt as he, then…

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3 comments, 424 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 7 February 2015

Minion Reindex 1.1 Release (and re-release)

We released Minion Reindex version 1.1 last week. The changes are fairly small: Made sure Minion Reindex handles all nonstandard naming (e.g., object names with spaces or special characters). Added support for Availability Group replicas. (Basic AG support has been added by only permitting Minion Reindex to run on an…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 29 January 2015

Video: A Better Way to Reindex

Sean presented A BETTER WAY TO REINDEX for the Performance Virtual Chapter. Here are links to the video, and to download the free Minion Reindex tool.

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 23 January 2015

Create a clustered index and a primary key on existing tables

It’s the simple things in life that can trip people up. I find that creating primary keys and clustered indexes on existing tables is one that newish DBAs tend to trip up on, and so (like I do), I shall blog about it so there’s a nice, clear, explicit reference…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 15 December 2014

Just an idea: Bare Bones SQL

I’m reading Andy Warren’s excellent essay “Thoughts on raising funds and spending funds for PASS chapters”, and it’s bringing together a bunch of long-stewed thoughts. Simply: What if there’s room for “Bare Bones” SQL user groups? The bare bones basics of Bare Bones SQL For those who don’t want to…

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6 comments, 364 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 13 November 2014

Session: Introduction to Powershell Cmdlets for DBAs

I’ve given my new Powershell Cmdlets for DBAs session a handful of times now, and just realized I haven’t blogged about it! Download the session recording here Download the code file here Abstract: You’ve been hearing about this newfangled craze, and it’s time to learn exactly why it’s called POWERshell.…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 28 October 2014

Minion Reindex is here

We released Minion Reindex by MidnightDBA unto the world, accompanied by a press release on SQLServerCentral.com, and people have responded so incredibly positively. We’re quite literally thrilled. Webinar Today! Before I get to anything else: set up an alert for our Minion Reindex Intro Webinar TODAY (Monday, October 27, 2014)…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 27 October 2014

Minion Reindex arrives this Friday!

Edit: Minion Reindex has arrived, and it’s getting fantastic notes! The MidnightDBA team is announcing the release of a new, free index maintenance solution for SQL Server: Minion Reindex by MidnightDBA.  We designed Minion Reindex to solve all of the reindexing headaches we’ve experienced at dozens and dozens of client…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 20 October 2014

PASS Summit 2014: Recommendations and Invitations (#sqlpass #Summit14)

The first week of November, we’ll be at the PASS Summit inSeattle, WA.  This is the highlight of most SQL Server speakers’ years…a sort of educational, Christmassy nerdfest, with a feel of a class reunion mixed in. We have a lot of fun, and so I’d like to draw your…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 10 October 2014

Tip: Concatenate rows with XML, or COALESCE

Edit: I went and changed the first query without paying close enough attention. I’ve fixed the explanation and the query. Concatenate rows with XML I still reference my Forgotten T-SQL Cheat Sheet, especially for the XML trick that turns a set of rows into a list. The T-SQL Cheat Sheet…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 8 October 2014

Wendy Pastrick and Grant Fritchey: Optimists in Action #passvotes

If I had a favorite kind of politician, it would be the kind that, when asked a question, sighs tiredly, and then regains their gleam of manic optimism as they begin to speak about the path ahead. Given that, my two favorite politicians right now are Wendy Pastrick and Grant…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 September 2014

Tip: RECOVERY_PENDING is not the same as RECOVERING

I’ve seen this mistake more than once, from DBAs with a middling to fair amount of experience. So it bears repeating. RECOVERY_PENDING is very different from RECOVERING. Definitions RECOVERING means that things are happening, and all may be well. “Database is being recovered. The recovering process is a transient state;…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 8 September 2014

This Week in Awesome – Running at PASS, Cookie Jail, SQL Sats, Breakfast

If you’re in Seattle the week of November 2 – say, for example, you’re attending the PASS Summit that week – consider signing up for the #SQLLongRun:  “We’ll do a minimum of 11 miles. Why? Because we can.” There is now a locking, time-release cookie jar. I should….I should probably…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 30 July 2014

The Week in Awesome – Plugins, Cars, Food, and France

This week in awesome: Denny Cherry – our own @mrdenny – has created a Password Vault WordPress plugin. That looks seriously cool. Google has created a prototype of a totally self-driving car. It looks like a toy, but feels like the future. As long as we’re talking about cars, go…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 30 May 2014

Applied SQL: Orphan a user, fix orphaned users (sp_FixOrphanedUsers)

Ever heard of orphaned users? It’s a database user account, disconnected from its associated login. You typically get this when you take a database backup, and restore it to a different server. Microsoft provides us with the ever helpful sp_change_users_login to find and repair orphaned users, but even so, it’s…

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2 comments, 485 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 5 May 2014

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