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December 6, 2018

T-SQL Monitor TempDB Usage
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.database_files, sys.dm_os_performance_counters, sys.dm_db_file_space_usage
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TempDB, TSQL
December 4, 2018

Extracting Metrics from MSlogreader_history - "Approximately 45000000 log records have been scanned..."
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Distribution.dbo.MSlogreader_history, Distribution.dbo.MSlogreader_agents
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor
December 3, 2018

T-SQL - Dynamically Re-Size TempDB Files
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Alter Database tempdb Modify File
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 3, 2018

Distribution Database in Recovery Pending State
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Alter Database Modify File
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, TSQL
November 23, 2018

Use Extended Events to monitor SQL Server Transactional Replication
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
ring_buffer
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerReplication
November 23, 2018

SQL Server Reporting Services - Report Usage Stats
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
ExecutionLog2
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer, TSQL
November 23, 2018

T-SQL List Permissions for an Object
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.objects, sys.database_permissions, sys.database_principals
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
November 22, 2018

SQL Server Reporting Services - File Share Account
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Reporting Services Configuration Manager
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer
November 20, 2018

Migrating a Giant to the Cloud
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing
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Tags Azure, CloudComputing, SQLServer
November 18, 2018

T-SQL - Get all Distribution Agents, UndelivCmdsInDistDB & DelivCmdsInDistDB
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSdistribution_agents, MSdistribution_status, MSARTICLES, SYS.Servers, MSagent_profiles
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication
November 18, 2018

T-SQL - Get All Publications & Articles
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSPUBLICATIONS, MSARTICLES
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication
November 2, 2018

Log Shipping Real-Time Processing Engine
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.restorehistory, msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediaset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerLogShipping
November 1, 2018

T-SQL Delete Extra TempDB Data Files
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Alter Database Remove File
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 31, 2018

T-SQL - Get Transaction Log Restore History on the Secondary Database Server for any Log Shipped Database(s)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediaset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 27, 2018

Use Powershell to monitor S2D(Storage Spaces Direct) Performance
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Get-StorageSubSystem, Get-StorageHealthReport
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Tags Azure, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer
October 19, 2018

Use Azure Function with Timer Trigger to call an Azure SQL Database Stored Procedure
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Azure Functions is a solution for easily running small pieces of code, or "functions," in the cloud...
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Tags Azure, AzureFunctions, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, ServerlessArchitecture, SQLServer
October 17, 2018

Cycle Error Logs
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sp_cycle_errorlog, sp_cycle_agent_errorlog
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Tags SQLServer
October 12, 2018

T-SQL - Get Unused Indexes
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
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Tags SQLServer
October 6, 2018

T-SQL - Backup All Databases in an Instance and Return Backup History
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Enter Short Description Here
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Tags SQLServer
September 26, 2018

T-SQL - Get Currently Running Jobs
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.sysjobs, msdb.dbo.sysjobactivity
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Tags SQLServer
September 15, 2018

T-SQL Compare sys.database_files with sys.master_files
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Output any differences with System Catalog Views
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
September 4, 2018

Query Cache Analysis
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL_Handle, Plan_Handle, Query_Hash, Query_Plan_Hash, Query Cache Statistics, Plan Attributes
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
August 22, 2018

T-SQL - Check Always On Transactional Replication re-directed Publisher to Listener Name
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
dbo.sp_validate_redirected_publisher, dbo.sp_Validate_Replica_Hosts_As_Publishers, dbo.MSRedirected_Publishers
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, TSQL
August 14, 2018

T-SQL Encryption Status of a database
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_database_encryption_keys (Transact-SQL)
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, SQLServerEncryption
July 5, 2018

File share witness resource failed to arbitrate for the file share. Please ensure that file share exists and is accessible by the cluster.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Logon failed for user SQLCluster01
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, WindowsFailoverCluster, WindowsServer2012
June 21, 2018

Use Powershell to Stop & Start SQL Server Service
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Get-Service, Stop-Service, Start-Service
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Tags Powershell, SQLServer
June 19, 2018

T-SQL Check if a Table has a ColumnStore Index
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.indexes
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
June 17, 2018

Fing Queries using Parallelism
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_exec_query_stats, sys.dm_exec_sql_text, sys.dm_exec_cached_plans, sys.dm_exec_query_plan, sys.dm_os_tasks, sys.dm_os_workers, sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
June 13, 2018

Find the root cause of a TEMPDB LOG growth issue
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Extended Events, DBCC OPENTRAN, INPUTBUFFER & SYSPROCESSES
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TempDB
June 6, 2018

Use SQLCMD Mode to connect to numerous SQL Instances & loop through all databases & execute query
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SSMS..SQLCMD Mode
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerManagementStudio, TSQL
June 5, 2018

Get Azure API Versions for Web and Azure SQL Database
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Get-AzureRmResourceProvider
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Tags AzureSQLDatabase, AzureWebApps, CloudComputing, SQLServer
June 4, 2018

Execute SSRS Report Subscriptions manually / on-demand
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
EXEC ReportServer.dbo.AddEvent @EventType='TimedSubscription',@EventData=''
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer
May 22, 2018

T-SQL - Log Linked Servers
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
[MASTER].sys.Servers, [MASTER].sys.linked_logins, [MASTER].sys.server_principals
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
May 20, 2018

SQL Server Audit
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Create Server Audit, Create Server Audit Specification
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerSecurity
May 18, 2018

Automate DBCC UpdateUsage per select list of databases
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
DBCC UPDATEUSAGE
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
May 18, 2018

Automate DBCC UpdateStats per select list of databases
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Exec sp_updatestats
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
May 14, 2018

T-SQL - List Databases, Logins & SQL Jobs
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
master.sys.databases, master.sys.server_principals, msdb.dbo.sysjobs
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
May 6, 2018

T-SQL Generate Logins for a specific list of databases for Migration purposes
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Use a Driver table for Database List
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
April 29, 2018

Running SQL Server Post-Installation Checks
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Builds
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
April 28, 2018

Automate SQL Server Database Data & Log File Growth Sizes
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.master_files, sys.databases, sysaltfiles
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Tags DataMigration, Migrations, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
April 28, 2018

Check Allocation Unit Size for Disks in a SQL Server System
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
DISKPART
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, DataMigration, Migrations, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, WindowsServer2012
April 28, 2018

SQL Server Automated Database Migration using Backup & Restore Method
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
FULL, DIFFERENTIAL, LOG
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Tags DataMigration, Migrations, SQLServer, TSQL
April 21, 2018

Monitor real-time query progress using sys.dm_exec_query_profiles DMV
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Use this DMV to determine which part of the query is running slow.
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Tags DMVs, QueryTuning, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
April 17, 2018

Disk Performance on Azure Virtual Machine - storflt driver
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Virtual machines (VMs) that are running Windows Server 2012 R2
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Tags AzureStorage, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServerPerformance
April 16, 2018

Find the Authentication scheme(SQL Server or Windows Authentication) used with all connections.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_exec_connections
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Tags SQLServer
April 13, 2018

Automate XCOPY of Database Data & Log Files
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Useful for SQL Server Database Migrations that use DETACH & ATTACH process
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
April 10, 2018

The term 'New-AzureStorageContext' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQLPS.exe, New-AzureStorageContext, Get-AzureStorageBlob, Remove-AzureStorageBlob
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Tags Azure, AzureStorage, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer, SQLServerAgent
March 23, 2018

Using Microsoft Data Migration Assistant and Extended Events to capture any Deprecated Features
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sqlserver.deprecation_announcement, sqlserver.deprecation_final_support
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Tags AzureSQLDatabase, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, DataMigration, ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, TSQL
March 22, 2018

Using Extended Events to capture failed logins
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Enter Short Description Here
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, TSQL
March 10, 2018

Using Extended Events to capture Stored Procedure calls, Log & Extract Duration Buckets of % and/or #
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
CREATE EVENT SESSION, ADD EVENT, ADD TARGET
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
March 7, 2018

Find out which Connections are using the highest network bandwidth from SQL Server
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
DMVs
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck
March 3, 2018

Automated Report for any Database Restores occurring on an SQL Server Instance
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
HTML Report, Database Mail
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Tags SQLServer
February 24, 2018

Using PowerShell to spin up Windock's Docker Containers running SQL Server with Cloned Databases
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Clone Terabyte data in seconds
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Tags Containers, Powershell, SQL Containers, SQLServer
February 13, 2018

Extract Blocking Chains from your SQL Servers
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Find the Head / Lead Blockers to eliminate/lower your rate of Blocking
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Tags SQLServer
February 11, 2018

Hitting the 16 Terabytes Data File Limit
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Maximum Capacity Specifications for SQL Server
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Tags DMVs, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerIndexes, SQLServerPerformance, SQLServerTransactionLog
February 2, 2018

Always On: The availability replica manager is going offline because the local Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) node has lost quorum.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL Server Error Log, Failover Cluster Cluster Events, Cluster.log
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Tags AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, WindowsFailoverCluster
January 28, 2018

Using Windock's Docker SQL Containers to deliver multiple SQL Server Environment(s) in seconds on a single machine
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Automation, Continuous Integration
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Tags Containers, SQL Containers, SQLServer
January 23, 2018

Using Profiler to view SQL:StmtRecompiles and the EventSubClass to see the reason for a recompile (w/ Stored Procedure using Dynamic SQL)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.trace_events, sys.trace_subclass_values
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerProfiler, TSQL
January 22, 2018

The request limit for the database is 400 and has been reached
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Azure SQL Database resource limits
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Tags AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance
January 19, 2018

Powershell Functions to check if TLS 1.2 updates are required
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Check if SQL Server Native Client can support TLS 1.2, Check if Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server can support TLS 1.2
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Tags Powershell, SQLServer
January 9, 2018

SQL Always On Monitor
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Captures, Logs, Alerts & Reports for Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups Metrics.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn
December 18, 2017

Automate Database Attach or Detach of all User Databases for a Migration
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sp_detach_db, sp_attach_db
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
December 12, 2017

Find Long Running Queries in SQL Server, Queries with High Execution Counts, Query Cache Analysis
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Max Worker Time, Max Elapsed Time, Execution Counts, Last Elapsed Time
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Tags DataMigration, ProcedureCache, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
December 12, 2017

Reporting Services 2016 Subscriptions Error - "An error has occurred. Something went wrong. Please try again later."
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
No Subscriptions Available
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer
December 12, 2017

Replacement of Remote Transactional Replication Distributor in an Always On Setup
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Enter Short Description Here
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, SQLServerReplication
December 11, 2017

Huge Transaction Log File with Always-ON Availability Group Database in SQL Server 2016 STD
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
log_reuse_wait_desc, DBCC sqlperf(logspace), DBCC LogInfo
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Tags Azure, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerTransactionLog
December 9, 2017

"The specified network name is no longer available" error while connecting On Premise Applications to Azure Always On Listener.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MTU Setting
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Tags AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLCMD, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn
December 3, 2017

DatabaseMail - Queuing
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sysmail_help_queue_sp, msdb.dbo.sysmail_allitems
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerDatabaseMail
December 2, 2017

Troubleshooting Azure VM SQL Server Database Mail using SmtpClient class, PowerShell and SendGrid
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
System.Net.Mail.MailAddress, System.net.mail.smtpclient, System.Net.NetworkCredential
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer, SQLServerDatabaseMail
November 30, 2017

Automate DBCC CHECKDB Per Instance
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Execute against each Database in the Instance + Log Results + Check for any errors + RaiseError(Alert)
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
November 29, 2017

SQL Server Transactional Replication Error: Count not find stored procedure sp_MSdel_TableName
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sp_scriptpublicationcustomprocs (Transact-SQL)
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
November 29, 2017

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installation failed
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Exit Code: -2061893565
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2014
November 24, 2017

Troubleshooting SSIS Package Execution using dtexec Utility (SSIS Tool)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL Server Execute Package Utility
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Tags IntegrationServices, SQLServer, SQLServerAgent
November 23, 2017

Replication Monitor - Agent Profile - HistroryVerboseLevel
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
HistoryVerboseLevel 2
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor
November 18, 2017

Enable or Disable All SQL Jobs
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSDB..sysjobs
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
November 17, 2017

Monitor the progress of an Azure SQL Database Tier Scaling Operation
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_operation_status - Returns information about operations performed on databases in a Azure SQL Database server.
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, SQLServer
November 9, 2017

T-SQL - Query all SQL Server Error Log Files
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
xp_enumerrorlogs
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Tags DataMigration, SQLServer, TSQL
November 8, 2017

T-SQL - Check Statistics Last Updated and Update All Statistics
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.stats, sys.stats_columns, sys.columns, sys.partitions, sys.objects
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Tags DataMigration, QueryTuning, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
November 8, 2017

T-SQL - Find Missing Indexes - incl. Improvement Measure and Avg User Impact
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_db_missing_index_group, sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats, sys.dm_db_missing_index_details
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Tags DataMigration, QueryTuning, SQLServer, SQLServerIndexes, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
October 4, 2017

Automate Azure SQL Database (As-A-Service) Copy From a Logical Server to another Logical Server
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Import-AzureRmContext, Get-AzureRMResource, New-azurermsqldatabasecopy
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, Powershell, SQLServer
September 26, 2017

T-SQL Index & Heap Space plus Rolled Up Table Space
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.tables, sys.schemas, sys.indexes, sys.partition, sys.allocation_units
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
September 9, 2017

SQL Replication Monitor
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Captures, Logs, Alerts & Reports for Microsoft SQL Server Transaction Replication Distribution Metrics.
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
August 30, 2017

Get Number of Microsoft Systems Center (SCOM) Events Per ComputerName
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
EventallView
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Tags SQLServer, SystemCenter, TSQL
August 29, 2017

Speeding up SQL Server Database Restores
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Multi-Threaded Approach, Database Instant File Initialization, Azure VM SSDs
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Tags AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerManagementStudio, SQLServerPerformance
August 28, 2017

List SQL Server Non-Default Configuration Options
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Server Dashboard Report
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerManagementStudio
August 25, 2017

T-SQL Get SQL Server Transaction Log Backup Size (or Database Backup Size)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSDB..backupset
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
August 24, 2017

Automate Azure SQL Database Backup to Azure Virtual Machine running SQL Server
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SqlPackage.exe - /export, /import
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Tags AzureSQLDatabase, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer
August 22, 2017

Transaction Log Large File Size
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
800+GB Transaction Log File
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
August 18, 2017

SQL Server Database Transaction Log Backups - Activity-based (vs Time-based)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_db_log_stats
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2017, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
August 18, 2017

T-SQL - Get Stored Procedure Created and Modified Dates
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.objects, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
August 17, 2017

Get Number of Microsoft Systems Center (SCOM) Monitor's State changes
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
StateChangeEvent, State, MonitorView, ManagedType
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Tags SQLServer, SystemCenter, TSQL
July 31, 2017

Create a Microsoft SQL Server Audit Report using Powershell
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO, HTML Report, Email Delivery
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Tags HTML, Powershell, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck
July 30, 2017

T-SQL - Get Logins Connect Permissions
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.server_principals, sys.server_permissions, sys.sql_logins
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
July 29, 2017

T-SQL - Get SQL Server Up-Time - Services, SysProcesses & TempDB
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_server_services, sysprocesses, sys.databases
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
July 26, 2017

T-SQL - Get list of Indexes with Fillfactor less than 90 (incl: #Pages, #Rows, % Fillfactor, % Fragmentation)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats, sys.indexes
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerIndexes, TSQL
July 24, 2017

T-SQL - Get Tables, Fields & Data Types
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.columns, sys.objects, sys.types
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
July 23, 2017

T-SQL - sp_clean_db_free_space
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Removes residual information left on database pages because of data modification routines in SQL Server.
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
July 21, 2017

T-SQL Get Database Backups Throughput
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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Tags IO, Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
July 19, 2017

T-SQL Display Operating System Version Information
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_os_windows_info vs sys.dm_os_host_info
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2017, TSQL
July 12, 2017

SQL Space Monitor - Version 2
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.database, sys.master_files, sys.data_spaces, sys.dm_os_volume_stats, sp_send_dbmail
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
July 8, 2017

SQL Space Monitor - Version 1
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.database, sys.master_files, sys.data_spaces, sys.dm_os_volume_stats
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, TSQL
July 5, 2017

Agent is retrying after an error. 65 retries attempted. See agent job history in the Jobs folder for more details.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.sysjobhistory
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
June 30, 2017

SQL Server Buffer Pool Usage per Database and per Objects
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.objects, sys.partitions, sys.allocation_units, sys.indexes, sys.dm_os_buffer_descriptors
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerArchitecture, SQLServerCPU, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerMemory, TSQL
June 28, 2017

Auditing SQL Server Systems - Logins
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sp_readerrorlog, sp_helptext
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
June 25, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_db_log_info
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A New DMF used to examine the structure of Transaction Log files and it is a replacement for DBCC LOGINFO. It returns VLF information of the Transaction Log Files.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2017, TSQL
June 24, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_os_enumerate_fixed_drives
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A New DMV to identify free disk space. It is a replacement for XP_FIXEDDRIVES.
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Tags DMVs, SQLServer, SQLServer2017, TSQL
June 23, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_os_file_exists
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A New inline TVF to check if a file exists or not. It is a replacement for XP_FILEEXIST.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2017, TSQL
June 20, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.query_store_wait_stats
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
New in SQL Server 2017, it contains information about the Wait Stats for Queries in the Query Store. Query Store is a great feature to help with performances issues related to Plan changes.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2017, SQLServerQueryStore, TSQL
June 19, 2017

sp_configure - RECONFIGURE or RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL Server Configuration options are available to manage via SQL Server Management Studio Application (SSMS) or sp_configure stored procedure...
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
June 18, 2017

SQL Server PBM - Policy, Condition, Facet
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A facet is a collection of properties that describe some functionality of SQL Server related to an area of Management. For example, some common facets are Database, Login & Server Security.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, SQLServerManagementStudio
June 18, 2017

SQL Server Management Studio - Web Browser
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Create an New Vertical Tab Group with Query Editor & Web Browser...
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerManagementStudio
June 14, 2017

T-SQL Get Permissions for a Role
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.database_principals, sys.database_permissions, sys.schemas, sys.objects
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
June 7, 2017

sp_server_diagnostics
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Captures diagnostic data and health information about SQL Server to detect potential failures. The procedure runs in repeat mode and sends results periodically.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
June 7, 2017

Transactional Replication Monitoring - SQL Job Perspective - Last Run Time and Run Status
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
This query returns all Replication SQL Jobs and reports on it's Last Run Time and Run Status...
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
June 5, 2017

Capture Microsoft SQL Server Waits Stats
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_os_wait_stats - Returns information about all the waits encountered by threads that executed. Use this aggregated view to diagnose performance issues with SQL Server and also with specific queries and batches.
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerPerformance, SQLServerWaitStats, TSQL
June 3, 2017

T-SQL List Database or Log Backups
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Backupset - Contains a row for each backup set. A backup set contains the backup from a single, successful backup operation. Backupmediafamily - Contains one row for each media family.
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAgent, SQLServerLogShipping, TSQL
June 2, 2017

Use AzCopy to copy SQL Server Backup Files to Azure Blob Storage
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Within our Microsoft Cloud Environment we use a 3rd party product from Red-Gate - SQL Backup - to perform SQL Server backups for our both our System...
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerAgent
May 31, 2017

How to Monitor Log Shipping in SQL Server
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Log shipping allows you to automatically send transaction log backups from a PRI DB on a PRI Server to one or more SEC DB(s) on separate SEC Server(s)...
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Tags AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerLogShipping, TSQL
May 29, 2017

T-SQL Getdate as Integer
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
With Time, With Uniqueidentifier
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
May 16, 2017

The feature: "Scale-out deployment" is not supported in this edition of Reporting Services
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
During a Migration Project for SQL Server Reporting Services 2014 to 2016 we ran into some errors with bringing online...
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer2016
May 12, 2017

Log Reader Agent not starting after AlwaysON Availability Groups Failover
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
During recent testing of a new Microsoft Azure Cloud setup of SQL Server 2016 Standard running Always On Availability Groups Basic...
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, SQLServer2016, SQLServerAlwaysOn, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
April 11, 2017

T-SQL - Constants vs Parameters vs Local Variables - Execution Plans, Statistics, Assumptions
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Procedure Cache, Parameter Sniffing, SSMS Compare Execution Plans Tool, SSMS Live Execution Plan Tool
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Tags ProcedureCache, QueryTuning, SQLServer, SQLServer2016, SQLServerManagementStudio, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
March 30, 2017

SQL Server - File IO - Sizes, Usage, Stats - Write(Insert) vs Read(Select)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SSMS, Process Monitor
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Tags DMVs, IO, Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
March 29, 2017

SQL Server Database Mail - Success, Failure, Logs, Config
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
msdb.dbo.sysmail_sentitems, msdb.dbo.sysmail_faileditems, msdb.dbo.sysmail_event_log, msdb.dbo.sysmail_configuration
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerDatabaseMail, TSQL
March 26, 2017

Microsoft Azure - copy all content from one storage container to another
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Get-AzureStorageBlob, Start-CopyAzureStorageBlob, Get-AzureStorageBlobCopyState
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Tags Azure, AzureStorage, CloudComputing, Powershell
March 16, 2017

Microsoft SQL Server Replication - Distribution - CmdsPerSec Delivery Rate Dropped
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Distribution.dbo.MSdistribution_history
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
February 27, 2017

SQL Server High Availability - Monitor AlwaysON Availability Groups using Powershell, DMVs and TSQL
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Enter Short Description Here
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Tags DMVs, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, SQLServerPerformance
February 21, 2017

Use Microsoft Message Analyzer to capture TDS Packets
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
The Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol is an application layer request/response protocol that...
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Tags NetworkTraffic, SQLServer, SQLServerArchitecture, SQLServerPerformance
February 17, 2017

Azure Virtual Machines running SQL Server 2016 STD AlwaysON Availability Groups w/ Transactional Replication
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A High Availability & Disaster Recovery Solution
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Tags Azure, AzureLoadBalancers, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer2016, SQLServerAlwaysOn
February 7, 2017

New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment - Error - InvalidTemplateDeployment
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
The template deployment is not valid according to the validation procedure. Deploying template using PowerShell script failed.
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Tags Azure, CloudComputing, JSON
February 2, 2017

T-SQL Transform Row Data into Columns using PIVOT
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Example - Transactional Replication Pending Commands
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
January 27, 2017

List all SQL Server Reporting Services Subscriptions
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS) is a Microsoft solution that provides customers with the ability to create, publish and manage reports...
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Tags ReportingServices, SQLServer, TSQL
January 27, 2017

SQL Server Get Latest Database or Log Backup History
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
DB, Log, Diff
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
January 18, 2017

Calculate RTO(Recovery Time Objective) in AlwaysON Availability Groups
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_cluster_nodes, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_cluster_states, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_states, sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_states, sys.availability_replicas
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn, TSQL
January 15, 2017

SQL Server on Linux
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Microsoft Azure, Linux VM, SQL Server vNext
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, Linux, SQLCMD, SQLServer
January 12, 2017

T-SQL Get Maximum Value from a list of Columns Values
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
VALUES Clause...
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2008, TSQL
January 3, 2017

DBCC CLONEDATABASE
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Generates a Schema and Statistics only copy...
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, TSQL
January 1, 2017

SQL Server 2016 Compress() & Decompress()
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Built-in T-SQL functions in SQL Server 2016
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, TSQL
December 30, 2016

JSON in SQL Server 2016
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
JSON_VALUE, JSON_QUERY, JSON_MODIFY, OPENJSON, FOR JSON
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Tags JSON, SQLServer, SQLServer2016, TSQL
December 27, 2016

Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
A new type of user table in SQL Server 2016
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, TSQL
December 17, 2016

T-SQL Merge
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Inserting, Updating, and Deleting Data by Using MERGE
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 17, 2016

T-SQL Pivot Data
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Pivoting the data based on a column values
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 15, 2016

The User Data directory in the registry is not valid. Error code: 0x851A0043
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SQL Server Service Pack(s), Registry Key
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Tags SQLServer
December 13, 2016

Reseed Identity Column in a SQL Server Table
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
IDENTITY, DBCC CHECKIDENT
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 13, 2016

SQL Server Schema Change History
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.traces, fn_trace_gettable, fn_dblog, SSMS Report
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
December 10, 2016

Verify a remote TCP port connectivity using Powershell
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Test-NetConnection
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Tags Powershell, WindowsServer
December 9, 2016

T-SQL - Recursive CTE's
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Generate a List of Numbers, Generate a List of dates(DATEFROMPARTS, EOMONTH, MAXRECURSION), Navigate a Hierarchy
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 8, 2016

Add a new Article to an existing Publication in Transactional Replication (Push Subscription) using T-SQL
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sp_helppublication, sp_helpsubscription, sp_addarticle, sp_addsubscription
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
December 6, 2016

Retrieving the input buffer in SQL Server 2016 using the new Dynamic Management Function - sys.dm_exec_input_buffer
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Functionally equivalent to DBCC INPUTBUFFER
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServer2016, TSQL
December 6, 2016

T-SQL Delete Duplicate Records
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
CTE, Row_Number(), Over(Partition by)
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 5, 2016

T-SQL Create a Distinct Comma Separated List of Postal Codes
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
COALESCE
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 5, 2016

T-SQL - Extract out the Date within File Names
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SUBSTRING Function w/ PATINDEX(Pattern Index Function) and a REGEX(Regular Expression)
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
December 1, 2016

Find out when an AlwaysOn Availability Group Failover occurred
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.dm_xe_sessions, sys.dm_xe_session_targets, sys.messages
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Tags CloudComputing, ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn
November 29, 2016

Microsoft SQL Server Replication - Log Reader Agent - History, Status & Configuration
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSlogreader_history, MSlogreader_agents, sp_replcmds
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
November 19, 2016

Using Extended Events to Monitor Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Capture DDL, Capture Availability Replica State Changes, Capture Total Events Captured
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Tags CloudComputing, ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerAlwaysOn
November 10, 2016

View Subscription Usage and Quotas in Microsoft Azure Cloud
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Azure Portal, ARM, Powershell
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Tags Azure, CloudComputing
November 4, 2016

T-SQL Get Replication Distribution History Errors
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSdistribution_history, MSdistribution_agents
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
October 15, 2016

T-SQL Analytic Functions FIRST_VALUE(), LAST_VALUE(), LEAD(), LAG()
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Analytic functions compute an aggregate value based on a group of rows. However, unlike aggregate functions, they can return multiple rows for each group.
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 15, 2016

T-SQL Ranking Functions ROW_NUMBER(), RANK(), DENSE_RANK(), NTILE()
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Ranking functions return a ranking value for each row in a partition
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 13, 2016

T-SQL Get Total Database Size
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.databases, sys.master_files
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 7, 2016

Objects exposing columns with CLR types are not allowed in distributed queries. Please use a pass-through query to access remote object...
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
OPENQUERY
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
October 6, 2016

Azure SQL Database Geo-Replication Logins and Users Configuration
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Create Login, Create User, sys.sql_logins , sys.database_principals
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, SQLServer, TSQL
October 3, 2016

Azure SQL Database Geo-Replication - Initiate a Failover using T-SQL
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Alter Database FAILOVER, sys.dm_geo_replication_link_status, sys.dm_operation_status
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, SQLServer, TSQL
October 3, 2016

Failed to update database because the database is read-only. Error Code 3096.
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Transactional Replication, Distribution Database, MSrepl_errors table, Set-AzureRmSqlDatabaseSecondary
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor
September 29, 2016

SQL Server Transactional Replication "The process could not connect to Subscriber" and "Cannot open server requested by the login"
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
On-Premise Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure SQL Database
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, SQLServer, SQLServerReplication
September 26, 2016

Azure SQL Database Geo-Replication - Initiate a Failover using PowerShell
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Set-AzureRmSqlDatabaseSecondary, Get-AzureRmSqlDatabaseReplicationLink
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, Powershell
September 19, 2016

Azure Powershell Get all Virtual Machines Status in a Subscription
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Get-AzureRMResourceGroup, Get-AzureRmVM, PSCustomObject
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Tags Azure, AzureVirtualMachine, Powershell
September 18, 2016

Locating DOM Elements in a Web Page
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Use Javascript statements and Console commands while a page is live in the browser
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Tags DOM, HTML, HTML5
September 17, 2016

Azure Powershell Create a new Virtual Machine with 1 VNET and 2 SUBNETS
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
New-AzureRmVM, New-AzureRmVMConfig, New-AzureRmNetworkInterface
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Tags Azure, AzureStorage, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, Powershell
September 9, 2016

SQL Server List all Tables with no Primary Key
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
information_schema.tables, sys.tables, replication
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, TSQL
September 7, 2016

Text was truncated or one or more characters had no match in the target code page
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SSIS Package, SQL Job
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Tags IntegrationServices, SQLServer
September 6, 2016

Powershell Azure Virtual Machine Alerts with Webhook & Logic App
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Loop all Resource Groups & Virtual Machines in a Subscription
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Tags Azure, AzureLogicApps, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing, SQLServer
September 3, 2016

Use an Azure Logic App for custom processing of a Virtual Machine CPU alert
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Azure Logic App, Webhook URI, Virtual Machine Alert, Azure SQL Database
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Tags Azure, AzureLogicApps, AzureSQLDatabase, AzureVirtualMachine, CloudComputing
September 2, 2016

T-SQL SET PARSEONLY ON vs SET NOEXEC ON vs SET FMTONLY ON
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Parsing T-SQL Statements
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerArchitecture, TSQL
August 28, 2016

Use Extended Events to capture Deadlocks in SQL Server
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Histogram, XQuery
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, TSQL, XML, XPath, XQuery
August 24, 2016

Create Alert for Azure SQL Database using Powershell Code
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Add-AzureRmMetricAlertRule
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer
August 22, 2016

T-SQL Log Long Running Open Transactions
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Transaction Log Size, Number of VLF(Virtual Log Files), Connection Details
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerTransactionLog, TSQL
August 10, 2016

Transactional Replication - Out of Synchronization
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
SkipErrors, Validate Subscriptions
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
July 27, 2016

How to Migrate an On-Premise SQL Server Database into Microsoft Azure As-A-Service (PAAS)
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Export Data-tier Application, AzCopy Tool, Microsoft Azure Portal Import Database
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, AzureStorage, CloudComputing, SQLServer
July 20, 2016

SQL Server Replication Get Undistributed Commands
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Distribution.sys.sp_MSget_repl_commands
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Tags Metrics, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
July 17, 2016

SQL Server Distribution Agent is retrying after an error
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Transactional Replication, Distribution.dbo.MSdistribution_history, Distribution Retention Period
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor, TSQL
July 14, 2016

View Microsoft SQL Server Replication Publication details
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Publication Name, Publication DB, Article Name, Distribution Name, Subscriber Name, Subscriber DB
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, TSQL
July 11, 2016

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Copy Operation
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Start-AzureSqlDatabaseCopy, Get-AzureSqlDatabaseOperation, Monitor Progress
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer
July 3, 2016

Create Microsoft Azure SQL Database using Powershell
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Module AzureRM.sql, New-AzureRmSqlServer, New-AzureRmSqlDatabase, SAAS
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Tags Azure, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer
June 29, 2016

T-SQL Check the last X days for any SQL Agent Job steps that were retried
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
MSDN function dbo.agent_datetime for Date & Time, Filter out Replication Jobs
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerAgent, TSQL
June 28, 2016

T-SQL Stuff() vs Replace()
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Transact-SQL Functions
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Tags SQLServer, TSQL
June 22, 2016

Capture Slow Stored Procedure Calls in Microsoft SQL Server using Extended Events
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sqlserver.rpc_completed
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Tags ExtendedEvents, SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
June 20, 2016

Cross-Database Queries in Azure SQL Databases
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Extension in the DDL for external data sources and external tables
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Tags Azure, AzureElasticQuery, AzureSQLDatabase, CloudComputing, SQLServer, SQLServerHealthCheck
June 15, 2016

MSrepl_errors - TCP Provider: The semaphore timeout period has expired & Communication link failure
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Distribution DB
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerReplication, SQLServerReplicationMonitor
June 15, 2016

Delete Microsoft Azure Storage Blob(s) based on specified retention period
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Microsoft SQL Server .bak & log files
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Tags Azure, AzureStorage, CloudComputing, Powershell, SQLServer
June 10, 2016

TechDevOps.com shared a Session - "SQL Server Index Internals: A Deep Dive (Tim Chapman; Microsoft)"
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
PASS
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerIndexes, SQLServerPerformance, TSQL
June 1, 2016

SQL Server Management Studio - Include Client Statistics
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Measure Round-Trip Client-to-Server Time
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerManagementStudio, SQLServerPerformance
May 31, 2016

Powershell - Azure Traffic Manager Enable and Disable Endpoints
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Azure Traffic Manager Cmdlets
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Tags Azure, AzureTrafficManager, CloudComputing, Powershell
May 19, 2016

SQL Server Management Studio Multiserver Queries
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Groups, Status Bar, MultiServer Results
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerManagementStudio
May 16, 2016

SQL Server Deadlock Detection & Logging
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
Trace Flag, DMV
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Tags SQLServer, SQLServerPerformance, SQLServerReplication
May 15, 2016

Procedure Cache Analysis Queries
by BF (Senior MSSQL Operations - Enterprise, Cloud, Strategy)
sys.procedures, sys.dm_exec_procedure_stats, sys.dm_exec_cached_plans
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Tags ProcedureCache, QueryTuning, SQLServer
May 9, 2016

T-SQL Cross Apply vs Derived Table vs Subquery