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
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
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
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
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.
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
Today is another one of those installments in the long-running TSQL Party held monthly (a.k.a TSQL2SDAY).
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
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
SQL Server is full of good stuff. There are plenty of features to be used. Plenty of applications to help it. And there is even plenty of metadata within SQL Server to help you better understand your data and the queries that are being run.
It just so happens that… Read more
Recently I wrote an article about Capturing Online Index Operations. In that article, I discussed a problem that I had encountered. Well, there were multiple problems. One was an issue with a vendor app that had some hidden module that was performing online index defrags that was causing corruption… Read more
One of the things that DBAs love to do is keep their servers running and healthy. A healthy server, after all, is your ticket to a stress free day and a full night’s sleep. Granted this not a guarantee but it sure helps make life easier.
We are always looking… Read more
What a fun week we have tuned up for the folks in Las Vegas. It is the first full week of January and there is this huge convention going on near the strip. And as timing would have it, this week is also the perfect time to have our User… Read more
Reading a Microsoft Article (which can be found here) while making sure I understood what can cause a query plan to be recompiled or removed from the plan cache, I got to thinking a bit.
In the article, it lists the following as things that can cause a… Read more
Tis the season for TSQL Tuesday. Not only is it that season again, but it is also the Holiday season.
During this season, many people start to think about all of the things for which they are thankful. Many may start to think about their families and friends. And many… Read more
This past weekend I had the opportunity to go visit Washington DC. It was just the second time I got to stay in the Nation’s capitol for more than just a few hours. The previous opportunity came with last years event which I talked about here. Sadly, my time… Read more
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.
Suffice it… Read more