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Archives: March 2012


First thing this morning – a request from a DBA to confirm if Differential BACKUPS can be restored on a database in SIMPLE RECOVERY mode.  Yes , you can.

 A few assumptions are made :

1) A Differential base exists

2) The Differential base is not a COPY_ONLY database .More… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 23 March 2012

Event ID 7026 and i8042prt troubleshooting

Event ID 7026 and i8042prt is a recurring error in the Windows Event Logs. I usually see this error on a server reboot .

It’s normal for a server to not have a keyboard or mouse attached. I usually suppress the error , by creating a headless entry.

 The … Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 22 March 2012

Troubleshooting Event ID 9 - The device, xxxxx, did not respond within the timeout period.

The System logs returned :

 The device, xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, did not respond within the timeout period.

 Some common causes

1)      SCSI controller  firmware

2)      Incorrect transfer settings

3)      SCSI Cabling

4)      Other controllers creating bus contention


Record all the device model numbers and firmware revisions, and check with the… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 19 March 2012

Cached blocking history with sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats

Transactions generate IO, latching  and  locking on tables and indexes  , while attempting to access data. The sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats  DMV returns aggregated data on this activity.

Warning : sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats returns data  only as long as the metadata cache object that represents the heap or index is available. A frequently used object… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 15 March 2012

DBA supertech . Specialise or generalise?

Specialise or a generalise?  It all depends on how you define these terms. 

A  SQL Server DBA may be considered to be a specialist  by a Enterprise Architect but a generalist by a SSIS expert.

The DBA is currently in great demand and based on predictions  re: User Devices… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 13 March 2012

Factors that can delay Log Truncation – LOG BACKUP

When log records remain active for a long time – truncation can be delayed. The delays can cause the transaction logs to fill. This can lead to a Error 9002

 In the Full Recovery mode , a Log Backup  will delete the commited transaction log records. In the Simple Recovery… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 12 March 2012

SQL Server - Kerberos and KRB_AP_ERR_MODIFIED

On a routine scan of Event Viewer System, Logs I found this message on 4 different servers  hosting SQL Server installations


The kerberos client received a KRB_AP_ERR_MODIFIED error from the server MYCOMPUTER$.  This indicates that the password used to encrypt the kerberos service ticket is different than that on…

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 9 March 2012

SQL Server – netstat monitoring and tuning performance

To display network connections and various network interface statistics – netstat is a handy command – line based tool.  

 Why is it useful for the DBA ?

 1)       Execute netstat –an to view all active connections (TCP and UDP ports)  on a serverThe DBA has… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 8 March 2012

SQL Server – sys.master_files and list all database files

Use the system view “sys.master_files”  for a single view of databases and database files.

Instead of using sys.sysfiles  joing to sys.sysdatabases use the sys.master_files


select DB_NAME(database_id),mf.name as [file_name],physical_name
 FROM sys.master_files as mf


See Also

SQL Database Status with sys.databases

SQL Server Database Status,monitoring and Restores Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 7 March 2012

SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade considerations

 1)      SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services doesn’t support Windows 2003 (or R2) Itanium based servers

2)      SQL-DMO support is stopped in SQL Server 2008 Express

3)      Cannot enable Web Assistant with sp_configure. MS recommend using Reporting Services

4)      Surface Area Configuration Tool is discontinued in SQL Server 2008.

5)     … Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 6 March 2012

SQL Server – How to troubleshoot query timeouts

Common reasons for query time-outs are :

1)     The application starts using a query not optimal for the index

2)     Hardware changes\ Configuration changes

3)     Increased load

If you suspect the query time-out is due to memory issue , continue reading.

Debugging a query-timeout is tricky. If it’s a Production… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 4 March 2012

sql server scripts and managing databases

Managing a large SQL Server inventory requires an efficient management processes.

Following on from DBA  productivity and less is more  , this post outlines the system I use to manage the DBA scripts across the database server environment

 1)       Develop a script library covering the essentials of DBA database management… Read more

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Posted in SQLServer-DBA on 1 March 2012