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Taking Advantage of SQL Server Tools


Taking Advantage of SQL Server Tools

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Gary Varga
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I think that this extends to developers too. Maybe not all of the items on the the list but then again maybe so.

As for PowerShell, that's a me too. Hopefully, PowerShell will reduce the number of interfaces required to be learnt (although experience says that it will just add one to the list).

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Brad,

As always a hit on the nose. I find that these tools are very powerful especially when you need to debug something. Im not sure if it was intended to be included the the Management studio, but I would have broken out SSIS by it'self with all of the power it has to schedule and maintain the database.

Thanks again

Ken
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I do agree that PowerShell should be on the list, and I would like to point out that SQL Server PowerShell (sqlps) should be on the list.
I tend to use sqlps before sqlcmd as I then can do more complex tasks in a much simpler way.

/Niels Grove-Rasmussen

/Niels Grove-Rasmussen
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I don't know about DAC being on a list of tools to master. Agree with others about DTA not being on it... I've seen DTA (and the missing indexes dmv's) suggest new indexes, where adding a column to an existing index would handle the query... I think all they know is to add a new one.

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I think Perfmon is missing in the list; I find it a useful tool for watching, in particular, disk and network IO.

A packet sniffer of choice can also be very useful; not all issues manifest at the SQL Server level except as "It's slow!".

A big +1 on Profiler.
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Never the least why to leave Batch file programming and little bit of vb scripting, I feel all dba's must have used batch file programming and vb script in some or the other way in automating things.
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should also add bcp.exe to the list.

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Where once one used batch and vbscript I think now one should be using Powershell - certainly if one were defining "essential" tools one would have to strongly argue that the latter should replace the former.

The fact that MS are pretty "betting the house" on Powershell for system admin (e.g. the Exchange 2007 server manager generates Powershell scripts in much the same way the SSMS generates SQL scripts) pretty much underlines this - since being an SQL Server DBA pretty much necessitates having a chunk of Windows System Admin skills too.
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I think another tool is the system views,tables and functions. The DMVs in 2005 and beyond can prove quite useful and can provide similar information to PerfMon.



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For a combined SQL developer and DBA there's one tool (outside of the package supplied with SQL Server itself) that does everything I have found I need and that is SQL Management Studio by EMS. The software is wicked. Compare and synchronise data structures between dbs, compare and synchronise data, import, export, manage indices, backups etc. etc.
It's worth every penny and I now rarely use SQL Server tools themselves. BIDS is a different matter of course - it's essential for SSIS and SSRS.
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