Session review – Brent Ozar at RSSUG

Yesterday (Friday, March 14th, 2014) Richmond, VA’s SQL Server user group was fortunate enough to have Brent Ozar ( @BrentO | BrentOzar.com) stopped by and present a 101 level session on SQL Server Internals. I made the 4 hour round…

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 – Cumulative Update #11

From blogs.msdb.com: Dear Customers, The 11th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 11 contains all the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 hotfixes which have been available since the initial release of…

Are your backups enough?

“You only need one thing; a backup or a résumé. Never both.” This quote certainly summarizes a very important piece of being a DBA. You must be able to recover from a disaster. There are many ways to offer redundancy…

PRO TIP: Force table suggestions – Red-Gate SQL Prompt 6

PRO TIP: Force table suggestions – Red-Gate SQL Prompt 6

For those SQL Prompt users, like myself, I’m sure you love its table suggestion feature. Unfortunately, there are situations where you open a query window and the table suggestions don’t immediately populate. This can be annoying if you were looking…

Transactional Replication – Find the Publisher

I manage a moderately complicated topology that includes one-way transactional replication with push subscriptions to and from several database instances. Due to my day-to-day tasks I know this topology pretty well and often I simply know what my publications are,…

Avoid GUID clustered index write problem

Avoid GUID clustered index write problem

A globally unique identifier (GUID) is a great way to identify a record in your database. It can be easily created at the database or application layer and, when generated, is guaranteed to be unique regardless of other records already…

SQL Agent Monitoring – Long Running Job Queries

The SQL Server alert system does a great job of handling notifications for SQL Agent job failures but if want to know if a job is hung, taking longer than expected, or maybe it’s disabled and hasn’t been running, we…

Managing Multi-Instance Cluster Failovers

Managing Multi-Instance Cluster Failovers

A couple of weeks ago I was reviewing my daily news feeds and a featured post on SQLServerCentral.com caught my eye. Michael Lacy‘s post on Managing MaxMemory Values on an Active-Active Two Node Cluster provides a solution to the problem of…