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Quick Permissions Audit

Whether it is for a client, an audit, or just for good housekeeping, DBAs will often need to figure out who has access to what.  In addition, they may need to know by what means people have access within your databases.

When that need arises, it is frequently adequate to… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 January 2019

Automating like an Enterprise DBA

TSQL Tuesday

The second Tuesday of the month comes to us a little early this month. That means it is time again for another group blog party called TSQLTuesday. This party that was started by Adam Machanic has now been going for long enough that changes have happened (such as… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 January 2019

ArithAbort and SQL Agent Failures

ARITHABORT

I was coding along one day, working on rolling out some monitoring for a client—monitoring that I had used for previous clients.  The code was pretty straightforward and addressed a concern for the client.  Having used it for several previous clients, I felt pretty confident in the code.  The… Read more

1 comments, 142 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 7 January 2019

Short Circuiting Your Session

It isn’t very often that one would consider a short circuit to be a desired outcome. In SQL Server we have a cool exception to that rule – Extended Events (XE).

What exactly is a short circuit and why would it be undesirable in most cases? I like to think… Read more

0 comments, 1,772 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 January 2019

Automatic Tuning Monitoring and Diagnostics

Cool new toys/tools have been made available to the data professional. Among these tools are query data store and automatic tuning. These two tools actually go hand in hand and work pretty nicely together.

With most new tools, there is usually some sort of instruction manual along with a… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 4 January 2019

Event Tracing for Windows Target

There are many useful targets within SQL Server’s Extended Events. Of all of the targets, the most daunting is probably the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) target. The ETW target represents doing something that is new for most DBAs which means spending a lot of time trying to learn the… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 3 January 2019

Checking your Memory with XE

It is well known and understood that SQL Server requires a substantial amount of memory. SQL Server will also try to consume as much memory as possible from the available system memory – if you let it. Sometimes, there will be some contention / pressure with the memory.

When contention… Read more

1 comments, 163 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 2 January 2019

Finding Application Session Settings

One of the underused troubleshooting and performance tuning techniques is to validate the application session settings. Things can work fabulous inside of SSMS, but run miserably inside the application. I have long been using Extended Events to help me identify these settings (and yes XE has saved the day more… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 1 January 2019

Finding Installed Event Sessions

As a DBA, it is not uncommon to feel like you are marooned off on some tiny little island trying to figure things out for yourself. It may even be very common to feel the icy pain of the development cold shoulder (intentional or not) as you go about doing… Read more

1 comments, 131 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 31 December 2018

SQLs Black Box Recorder – sp_server_diagnostics

Yesterday i shared the first article in a three part series about the SQL Black Box Recorder, that you can read here, with a promise of at least two more posts. The first article in the series laid the groundwork about the black box recorder in SQL Server. Furthermore,… Read more

1 comments, 210 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 30 December 2018

SQL Servers Black Box Recorder – system_health

Yesterday i shared the first article in a three part series about the SQL Black Box Recorder, that you can read here, with a promise of at least two more posts. The first article in the series laid the groundwork about the black box recorder in SQL Server. Furthermore,… Read more

1 comments, 248 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 29 December 2018

SQL Servers Black Box Recorder – Def Trace

Across many professions and industries there is often a need to have some sort of device that “audits” everything that happens with a device or process. We are probably all quite familiar with the infamous black box recorders used by the passenger airline and train industries. It is also quite… Read more

1 comments, 192 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 28 December 2018

How to: File Target use in Extended Events

I have been doing a lot of posts of late about extended events but have failed to share some of the essential building blocks. I am not looking to do a series of definitions, but just share a couple of quick tips and examples here and there that will make… Read more

2 comments, 260 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 27 December 2018

Upgrading From SQL Server Profiler

I just shared an article describing how to use Extended Events to perform your SQL Server Profiler duties. If not, you can read all about it here.

In that article, I showed one common use-case for SQL Server Profiler and how to achieve the same result via Extended… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 26 December 2018

How To: XEvents as Profiler

A common excuse for not delving into extended events seems to be the jump from Profiler to extended events.  There appears to be an inherent fear with how to use extended events.  In addition to that fear, is the fear that extended events does not do what Profiler can do… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 25 December 2018

Quick and Easy XE for Azure DB

The Cloud

It has been a minute since I gave much love or attention to Extended Events in Azure SQL DB. Things have changed a touch since then. We will see about some of those changes in a future article. As for this time, let’s focus on how to… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 24 December 2018

File Maintenance – Cleaning Up Old Files

Using SSIS to Maintain the File System

We have all run into a need or a desire to clean up old stale files from the file system, whether it be to remove old backup files or flat files that are created from one process or another.  And based on this… Read more

1 comments, 2,750 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 21 December 2018

Encrypting a Database Never Finishes

There is plenty of legislation and regulation in place these days that strongly suggest the encryption of data within a database.  In SQL Server, we have the ability to comply with these regulations in a couple of different ways.  We can choose to encrypt at the column level or we… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 20 December 2018

T-SQL Tuesday Participation Over the Years

Loads of TSQL Tuesdays

Years ago the TSQL Tuesday party was started by Adam Machanic (b|t). The premise of the monthly event is to get people a topic each month to try and ease some of the difficulty with writing (figuring out what to write) and… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 19 December 2018

T-SQL Tuesday 109: Influence Somebody Recap

How have you impacted somebody in the community?

This month I am in charge of the topic for TSQLTuesday. The invite was published here a couple of weeks ago. I knew I was picking something rather difficult for people in general and probably more difficult for technologists due to the… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 18 December 2018

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