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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, 187 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, 2,582 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, 1,036 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, 136 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, 150 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, 177 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

8 comments, 3,978 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, 5,658 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 March 2015

Last Execution of a Proc

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

1 comments, 1,402 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 17 February 2015

Security as a Fleeting Thought

Today we have another installment in what is known as TSQL Tuesday.  This month we have an invitation and topic given to us by the infamous Kenneth Fisher ( blog | twitter).

Today, the invitation is for us to share our stories on how we like to manage security.… Read more

6 comments, 5,472 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 10 February 2015

Trapping Online Index Operations

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

1 comments, 231 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 29 January 2015

Minor ailments and Healthy SQL

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

1 comments, 218 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 13 January 2015

Las Vegas UG This week

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

0 comments, 193 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 January 2015

Effects of Max Mem on Plan Cache

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

10 comments, 5,132 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 January 2015

T-SQL Tuesday 61: A Season of Giving

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

0 comments, 187 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 9 December 2014

SQLSat in DC – it’s a wrap

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

2 comments, 160 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 December 2014

Murder in Charleston

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

1 comments, 295 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 December 2014

Audit Database File Size Changes

Recently I shared an article on how to track the growths and shrinks that occur within database files.  I shared that article here, you should read it before proceeding with today’s article.

Near the end of that article I declared that it was a really good method to track… Read more

3 comments, 316 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 26 November 2014

TSQL Tuesday #60: Something Learned This Way Comes

It is once again time to come together as a community and talk about a common theme.  This monthly gathering of the community has just reached it’s 5th anniversary.  Yes, that’s right.  We have been doing this for 60 months or five years at this point.  That is pretty cool. Read more

4 comments, 241 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 11 November 2014

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