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Apr 16, 2015
Looking for SQL Server 2014 SP 1... Hold Off a Bit Longer
Microsoft released service pack 1 for SQL Server 2014 on April 15, 2015. Why can't we download it though?
Jan 30, 2017
Introduction to the Availability Group Dynamic Management Objects in SQL Server 2016
Availability Groups – a hybrid of SQL Server Database Mirroring and Windows Failover Clustering – are becoming the de-facto standard for implementation of high availability solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. While the learning curve can be steep it’s also a fairly short learning curve.
Jan 15, 2017
Download this e-book will dive deep into defining function parameters, creating new function and adding help to your functions. It will also cover conditions, which are what you need to make scripts clever, as well as creating your own functions.
Jan 15, 2017
SQL Server Security Challenges and Best Practices
Wednesday, March 15th at Noon ET
Jan 15, 2017
SQL Server in Simple Words
In this eBook, learn tips and techniques that utilize some of the capabilities available with SSMS that can help you enhance your productivity.
Jan 15, 2017
How To Deal With an Inherited SQL Server
In this whitepaper, SQL Savant Andy Warren walks you through a set of Week 1 Best Practices. It provides insight on how to prioritize the tasks necessary to navigate the new SQL database to ensure you provide maximum results with minimal negative impact to the organization.
Jan 13, 2017
Identifying Logins with Default Database Connectivity Issues in SQL Server
You've a valid login and password. You've rights to the database you're trying to query. You've verified the sids (unique identifier for a SQL Server login and a database user) match. That's all that is needed to run a query on your database given you have no network issues between you and the database server right? Wrong. In this article Tim Ford looks at another way in which you or your customers may not be able to reach their data and provides a script for identifying those logins that may be involved.
Jan 1, 2017
What You Need to Know About Managing Your SQL Server Performance
Tuesday, February 28th at 2 pm ET
Dec 30, 2016
How Old Are Your Backups?
Do you want a quick view into how old your backups are or if you're missing any backups on your SQL Server instances? Here is a query for determining just that.
Dec 29, 2016
Querying Secure Information from a Restored Master Database Backup
I was recently asked if it was possible to get security information from a restored copy of the SQL Server master database. This article touches on just how easy it is to get information about that and other things from a restored copy of master and without rights in the original master database.
Dec 23, 2016
SQL Server IO Analysis Part 1
The SQL Server Dynamic Management Objects provide a wealth of information about performance within the internal structures of Microsoft SQL Server. In this series Tim Ford will start with identifying the base Dynamic Management Function involved in collecting IO baselines. In subsequent articles in this series he'll expose collection, benchmarking, statistical analysis and reporting of the metadata collected for use in root cause analysis as well as in refuting misconceptions about performance issues rooting themselves in "poor storage performance rather than burdensome untuned queries.
Nov 14, 2016
Don't Panic: Busting a File Space Myth
Just because a data file is almost out of space doesn't mean it's going to endure an auto-grow event.
Nov 2, 2016
What Every Accidental DBA Needs to Know Now: SQL Server Agent Part 1 - Job Scheduling
Oct 26, 2016
Sending Results of DBCC CHECKDB SQL Agent Job Via Email
Sending the results of DBCC CHECKDB is not too difficult but there is a couple of things that, if you've not dealt with before, will serve as issues with successfully architecting a solution.
Oct 17, 2016
How to Set Up SQL Server Database Mail in One Easy Script
Database Mail in Microsoft SQL Server allows for messaging to occur between SQL Server and anyone with a valid email address. It can be daunting to set up through SQL Server Management Studio but by using the SQL Server Template in this article you'll find you can do so in just a few minutes.
Oct 3, 2016
What Every Accidental DBA Needs to Know Now: Basics of SQL Security
Congratulations you're now a DBA! What do you need to know about security for SQL Server? Read on and find out.
Sep 26, 2016
What Every Accidental DBA Needs to Know Now: SQL Server Configuration Manger
The SQL Server Configuration Manager is an critical but often overlooked application for proper SQL Server instance management and, well, "configuration". In Tim Ford's continuing series aimed at the Accidental Database Administrator he takes time to explain the basics of this tool, its use, and its features.
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