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Internal Tables and Space Used

Some of the beauty of SQL Server is the complexity that it holds. Some of that complexity is right before our eyes. And some of that requires a little bit of diving into the internals to figure out what is happening or even why it is complex.

I enjoy the… Read more

0 comments, 87 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 30 July 2015

What’s the Size of that Index?

I have previously written about finding what the big space consumers are within the database. I even shared scripts in those articles on how to find those big consumers (read all about it here).

That is grand when it comes to quickly finding which objects happen to be… Read more

0 comments, 110 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 27 July 2015

Extended Events Removed from 2016

SQL Server 2016 is on the horizon. We have a few CTP versions already released for download, allowing people to become more and more familiar with the product.

Recently, I wrote about how SQL Server 2016 has many more Extended Events that have been added for our use. You can… Read more

0 comments, 116 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 22 July 2015

TSQL Recipes – 2014 Edition

Announcing…the book

At long last the wait is over. After much blood, sweat and more blood and sweat, the next edition of the SQL Server Recipes book is finished.

This edition brings several changes and quite a bit of re-write. It has been updated for many of the new SQL… Read more

0 comments, 100 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 21 July 2015

Murder and XE Train in Louisville

I am about to set sail on a new venture with my next official whistle stop.  This year has been plenty full of whistle stops and I plan on continuing.  You can read (in full) about previous whistle stops and why they are called whistle stops here.

Amazing this… Read more

0 comments, 381 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 17 July 2015

SQL Server and Defaults

What is that default setting?

SQL server does a fantastic job of having numerous settings at the server level and at the database level predefined for you. Additionally, the OS has a bunch of settings that are predefined. These are notoriously the default settings. Or as some would say: “Set… Read more

1 comments, 101 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 July 2015

PASS Summit 2015 – Guess What?

Quick run the other way!

PASS Summit will never be the same!

Why?

Well, because for the first time in the history of me, I have been selected to speak at such a prestigious event.

Isn’t that just crazy?

In some ways it seems crazy. When I received the email… Read more

0 comments, 97 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 13 July 2015

Database Settings Changes – Red Handed

One of my pet-peeves (and consequently frequent topic of discussion) is finding database settings (or any setting that has changed) without knowing about it. Worse yet is finding that the change has occurred and nobody claims to have any knowledge of it or having done the deed.

This happened again… Read more

1 comments, 142 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 July 2015

New Extended Events for 2016

As we begin to get a grasp of all that is available with SQL Server 2016 and all of the new features, it is a great idea to see what else has been made available to us in order to help support and troubleshoot these new features. With that, it… Read more

0 comments, 145 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 6 July 2015

Database Drops in SQL 2012

In the previous article on this topic (which can be read here), I discussed the problem of having a database get dropped and the need to find out who dropped the database and when they dropped it.  In that article, I demonstrated how the information (at least some of it)… Read more

0 comments, 1,305 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 1 July 2015

SQL Cruise Mediterranean+

This is a post that is looooong overdue. I have intended to write some of this at least since the first SQL Cruise I attended back in 2013 (in the Caribbean). Now with three Cruises under the belt and plenty of awesome experiences, it is high time to follow through… Read more

2 comments, 143 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 24 June 2015

Reading Extended Event File Session Data

Using Extended Events to trap/trace information allows the trapping of that information to various targets. One of the targets I will frequently tell people to use is the file target. The reasoning for this is the opportunity this affords to be able to review the output  at a later time… Read more

0 comments, 121 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 21 June 2015

Execution Plans in Extended Events

Extended Events is a wonderful tool. Execution Plans are also some wonderful things – or are a wonderful tool as well. Both of these tools are fantastic for troubleshooting. Combined, they can potentially be even better.

Or, they could just cause some hair loss and be a fairly complicated pain… Read more

4 comments, 148 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 17 June 2015

Adventures with NOLOCK

Some of the beauty of being a database professional is the opportunity to deal with our friend NOLOCK.  For one reason or another this query directive (yes I am calling it a directive* and not a hint) is loved and idolized by vendors, applications, developers, and upper management alike.  The… Read more

4 comments, 2,515 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 15 June 2015

Extended Events, Birkenstocks and SQL Server

I bring you yet another installment in the monthly meme called T-SQL Tuesday.  This is the 67th edition, and this time we have been given the opportunity to talk about something I really enjoy – Extended Events.

Props to Jes Borland (blog | twitter) for picking such an… Read more

3 comments, 982 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 June 2015

Database In Recovery Update

Many moons ago, I published a post that contained a script to aid in easing the anxiety that comes when a database is “In Recovery”. When I pulled that script out to try and use it on a SQL 2012 box, I got a nasty error.  Thanks to that nasty… Read more

0 comments, 131 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 18 May 2015

Monitoring SQL Server

Welcome to the fabulous world of blog parties, SQL Server and what has been the longest running SQL Server related meme in the blogosphere – TSQLTuesday.

This month we are hosted by Catherine Wilhemsen (blog | twitter) from Norway. And interestingly, Catherine has asked for us to talk… Read more

1 comments, 141 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 12 May 2015

Extended Events and Data Types

Today is another one of those installments in the long-running TSQL Party held monthly (a.k.a TSQL2SDAY).

This month we have an open invitation from Mike Donnelly (blog | twitter), asking us to talk about something new we have learned and then to teach about it. You can read… Read more

0 comments, 161 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 April 2015

Audit who Dropped the Database

In the first article on this topic (which can be read here), I discussed the problem of having a database get dropped and the need to find out who dropped the database and when they dropped it.  In that article, I demonstrated how the information (at least some of it)… Read more

7 comments, 3,935 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 7 April 2015

Audit Schema Change Report

In a recent article on SSG, I discussed how to use Extended Events to function in a Profiler like fashion.  You can read about that here.  I recommend reading that article first because it helps to lay some of the groundwork for this article.

Within Management Studio, from a… Read more

4 comments, 5,625 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 March 2015

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