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Monica lives in Virginia and is a Microsoft MVP for Data Platform. She has over 15 years of experience working with a wide variety of database platforms with a focus on SQL Server. She is a frequent speaker at IT industry conferences on topics including performance tuning and configuration management. She is the Leader of the Hampton Roads SQL Server User Group and a Mid‐Atlantic PASS Regional Mentor. She is passionate about SQL Server and the SQL Server community, doing anything she can to give back. Monica can always be found on Twitter (@sqlespresso) handing out helpful tips.

Careful with your SQL Server Max Memory settings

Quite often I see database administrators set SQL Server max server memory thinking everything related to SQL Server uses this shared memory pool. This is a mistake. There are many things that rely on memory that are not part of SQL Server. Best practices state that you should leave memory… Read more

2 comments, 168 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 19 September 2018

Back up Encryption

Nowadays security breaches happen way to frequently. As DBA’s we should all take extra care with sensitive data and ensure we are encrypting correctly. But some of us forget to take it a step farther and don’t encrypt our backups. For those working in an ultra data sensitive environment I… Read more

1 comments, 1,740 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 5 September 2018

What is Automatic Tuning in Azure SQL Database

Microsoft has long given us DBA tools and suggestions to help tune databases, to fix queries with indexes, and many times they were of questionable merit. We have all seen the dreaded dta_index names in a database and rolled our eyes knowing that sometimes these indexes are not what is… Read more

0 comments, 187 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 28 August 2018

Save Money On Your Azure Monthly SQL Database Bill

Microsoft gives you two purchasing models for your Azure SQL Databases (SQL DB), a DTU and a vCore based model (logical CPU’s). Both options allow you to scale up or down based on your compute and storage requirements. Regardless of which model you choose performance tuning can save you money… Read more

0 comments, 1,935 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 22 August 2018

Contained Database – No more need for Server Level Logins

Starting in SQL Server 2012 and in Azure SQL Database, Microsoft introduced the concept of a contained database. A contained database is a database that is completely un-reliant on the instance of SQL Server that hosts the database including the master database–theoretically this makes a database much easier to move… Read more

0 comments, 2,480 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 5 July 2018

Congrats to DCAC Staff on MVP Renewals

 

July 1st is a day all Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) wait patiently at their computers hitting F5 over and over again waiting to find out if they have been renewed for the upcoming year. I am proud to announce that Denny Cherry and Associates once again have FOUR… Read more

0 comments, 162 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 2 July 2018

Replication Max Text Length

Ever seen the below error? Until this week I hadn’t. So, I figured I’d take a little time and introduce it to those that had not.

Error Description: Length of LOB data (65754) to be replicated exceeds configured maximum 65536. Use the stored procedure sp_configure to increase the configured maximum… Read more

2 comments, 1,807 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 20 June 2018

Respectfully Responding

I typically don’t write opinion posts, but given recent events I thought it was important to follow up on one of my tweets. Last week, I tweeted about  Stack Exchange and my thoughts on the lack of respect in the responses to those who take the time ask questions in… Read more

5 comments, 1,946 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 14 June 2018

How to get started with Always Encrypted for Beginners Part 4: Change is Coming

A few weeks ago, I wrote Part 12 and 3 of this series, which was a beginner’s guide to Always Encrypted. In part 4, I am going to talk about the changes that are coming in vNext of SQL Server.

As I discussed in part 3 there… Read more

4 comments, 2,124 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 13 June 2018

Importance of Statistics

Following up on my last post about the Cardinality Estimator let’s talk about column statistics and how they work and play a part in execution plans. The cardinality estimator relies heavily on statistics to get the answer to selectivity (the ratio of distinct values to the total number of values)… Read more

1 comments, 312 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 30 May 2018

Query Predicates

Sometimes people speak “SQL” and expect you know all the terminology. In recent a conversation about query plans I was ranting on and on about how the predicates were written when the person stopped me and asked a very simple question. Like a light bulb going off, it reminded me… Read more

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Posted in SQLEspresso on 24 May 2018

5 Ways to Examine Cardinality Metrics

In SQL Server the query optimizer uses a cardinality estimator to answer data SELECTIVITY questions like the ones below. The optimizer uses this cardinality data, which relies heavy on statistics to get the answers and calculate a cost estimate. It takes the #of Rows to Satisfy a Predicate/Total # of… Read more

1 comments, 203 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 2 May 2018

Live, Learn, and Grow

Ever look back at old work and wonder what was I thinking when I did that? Or even better you mock and get disgusted over some code you stumble upon and then realize you wrote it?

Today is one of those days.

Lucky for me one of my clients is… Read more

1 comments, 194 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 25 April 2018

Free Training 24HOP

In my sessions, I always talk about how to build your skill set when you don’t have a budget for training. Well next week April 25-26 is one of those free opportunities I take advantage of each year. 24 hours of PASS, affectionately referred to as 24HOP, is an online… Read more

0 comments, 324 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 18 April 2018

Template Explorer Gold Mine

Sometimes as a newbie to SQL Server using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) you don’t know about the little gold mines that are within the product that help you be a better DBA or Developer. Template Explorer is one of those. To get to it go to VIEW from the… Read more

0 comments, 322 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 27 March 2018

SQL Server Updates Tricked Me for Years

When applying a new SQL Server cumulative update, hot fix, or upgrade SQL Server doesn’t always apply all the fixes in the patch. When you upgrade the database engine in-place, databases you had already stay at their pre-upgrade compatibility level, which means they run under the older set of optimizer… Read more

3 comments, 442 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 21 February 2018

Bloggers Should Have Reach

One of my goals for 2018 is to expand the reach of my blog.

As a blogger starting out I had my own site I posted to, but my blogs only reached those who followed me on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn. My blog automatically posts to these three… Read more

2 comments, 232 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 14 February 2018

Expanding My Reach

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my writing with my first Simple-Talk article posted.  Simple- Talk is technical journal and community hub from RedgateIt in I discuss my passion for my work as a Lone DBA.

 

You can find the full article using… Read more

1 comments, 231 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 7 February 2018

Can You Hear It Now?

Here is a quick blog to show you something I discovered that I didn’t know existed.

I was on a Skype call and noted that the presentation I had been watching was no longer audible. I tried messing with my volume, I made sure my sounds weren’t muted and played… Read more

1 comments, 230 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 31 January 2018

Maintaining Balance

Last week, I got the chance to give my I’m It Survival Tips for the Lone DBA  in a webcast for the first time thanks to the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Chapter. This is by far my favorite session to give because it’s real life and can pertain… Read more

4 comments, 1,556 reads

Posted in SQLEspresso on 24 January 2018

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