Rotating Tables with Indicators in SSRS 2016

Rotating Tables with Indicators in SSRS 2016

When creating SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) dashboards, I like to use indicators to give clear and colorful data visualizations. In this post I am going to cover the use of indicators and demonstrate how to rotate your tables so that…

DBCC OPTIMIZER_WHATIF: Spoofing production hardware

DBCC OPTIMIZER_WHATIF: Spoofing production hardware

Performance tuning in a development environment can be difficult. Processor core count and memory are important factors in execution plan generation. The undocumented command DBCC OPTIMIZER_WHATIF will alter the optimizer’s perception of its server resources. Syntax You can use the DBCC…

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Andy Yun (t | b). T-SQL Tuesday (#TSQL2SDAY) is a blog party founded by Adam Machanic (t | b). Each month a member of the community hosts the party and selects the…

Unique Indexes and Computed Columns in SQL Server

Unique Indexes and Computed Columns in SQL Server

In the last post of this blog series, I discussed what a non-clustered index is and how to choose an ideal non-clustered index key. In this post, I will discuss indexes on computed columns and unique indexes. Computed columns Computed…

QS-Config is no longer supported

QS-Config is no longer supported

It saddens me to announce that I will no longer be supporting QS-Config. It seems like a long time since I wrote the first version of it, long before I ever decided to publish it. At the time I was…

Demo God Recovery Kit

Demo God Recovery Kit

I was scheduled to give a virtual presentation to the MagicPASS user group. The week before I received a beta update for Windows 10. My computer became very unstable. It would not boot half of the time and it corrupted…

Non-Clustered Indexes in SQL Server

Non-Clustered Indexes in SQL Server

In the last post of this blog series, I discussed what a clustered index is and how to choose an ideal clustered index key. In this post, I will describe the non-clustered index and offer design tips as they relate…

Measuring Availability Group Synchronization Lag

With all of the high-availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) features, the database administrator must understand how much data loss and downtime is possible under the worst case scenarios. Data loss affects your ability to meet recovery point objectives (RPO)…

Choosing Subway

Choosing Subway

By the time this post is published I will likely be pulling into the parking lot at the Subway World Headquarters, ready to receive my employee badge. My time with Ascension Information Services, and possibly healthcare IT, has come to…

SQL Agent 2016 Jobs Running PowerShell Scripts

SQL Agent 2016 Jobs Running PowerShell Scripts

I recently performed a side-by-side upgrade of a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance to SQL Server 2016 RTM. This particular instance had over 200 SQL Agent jobs running various PowerShell scripts. After the upgrade I had to modify nearly all…