These are not the DMO bits you are thinking of from SQL Server 2000. SQL Server 2005 introduces a new way of digging into the inner workings of the server with both Dynamic Management Views and Dynamic Management Functions. Longtime SQL Server guru Christoffer Hedgate looks at these new ways of understanding your server.
One thing that often amazes me is that many SQL Server developers do not actually measure the performance of their queries. Many of them thought that you needed external tools, more or less complicated, to run against your server, and they did not have the time or inclination to learn and try these. This article will describe a couple of much easier methods of measuring performance of queries.
One of the more controversial new features in SQL Server 2005 is the inclusion of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) inside the server. Whether you agree this is a good idea or not, the very knowledgable Chris Hedgate brings us the first article in a series looking at how the CLR fits into your database server.
Chris Hedgate, one of our regular SQL Server columnists, recently became intrigued by the way that SQL Server implements the week number. His concern was why SQL Server treats week 53 as week 1, which is not that way that ISO6801 sees it. Read about his investigation into the methods of implementing an algorithm to solve this problem.
The default location for the SQL Server system databases doesn't always meet the standards of many organizations. Author Chris Hedgate has taken the time to put together a short checklist on how you can move the master, msdb, model, and tempdb databases easily.
Regular columnist Chris Hedgate follow up on Andy's recent article about Worst Practices with one of his own. This is worth passing on to your development team.