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July 6, 2022

Check TDE progress
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_database_encryption_keys
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June 20, 2022

SQL Agent Jobs - Enable, Disable, Stop - Commands
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sysjobs, sysjobhistory, sysjobschedules, sysoperators
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May 20, 2022

Always On Synch Lag
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_states, sys.availability_replicas, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_states
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May 10, 2022

Get Table Information
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.tables, sys.columns, sys.types, sys.partitions
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May 8, 2022

Get CPU Usage Information
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_os_ring_buffers, sys.dm_exec_requests, sys.dm_exec_query_stats
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March 10, 2022

Get The TEQ (Top Expensive Queries)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_exec_query_stats
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February 16, 2022

Statistics Objects Information
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Column Statistics and Index Statistics
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February 8, 2022

File Usage Statistics
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
fn_virtualfilestats
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January 3, 2022

Index Usage Statistics
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.indexes, sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats, sys.dm_db_partition_stats
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October 11, 2021

SQL Server Automated Database Migration using Backup & Restore Method (v2)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
FULL, DIFFERENTIAL, LOG
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September 5, 2021

Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups Architecture Design
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
High Availability & Disaster Recovery
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July 17, 2021

List all Databases on an Instance with user created Service Broker Queues
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Service Broker
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April 4, 2021

Get all Ports configured in Always On Availability Groups Environment
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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January 23, 2021

Always On Health Dashboard
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
availability_replicas, dm_hadr_database_replica_cluster_states, dm_hadr_database_replica_states, dm_hadr_availability_replica_states
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November 28, 2020

Determine if your current UDFs are inlineable to benefit from SQL Server 2019 performance boost
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.sql_modules, sys.objects
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October 31, 2020

Automate Enable or Disable SQL Jobs in Always On Nodes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.availability_groups_cluster, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_cluster_states, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_states, sys.availability_group_listeners, sysjobs
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September 1, 2020

Get number of Pending IO's
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_io_pending_io_requests
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June 20, 2020

Windows Failover Cluster - Using Paxos Tag to monitor cluster configuration synchronization across the system
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
WSFC, Always On Availability Groups
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May 12, 2020

Always On - Check if Primary Replica
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.availability_groups_cluster, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_cluster_states, sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_states, sys.availability_group_listeners
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January 10, 2020

miniDBA.com - a great tool for Microsoft SQL Server Instance monitoring, performance analysis & much more
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
A game changer in terms of features + price from the other tools in the marketplace.
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December 28, 2019

Windocks.com develops a new option for SQL Server Disaster Recovery using Database Image & Clones
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Automated refresh with Transaction Log backups and deliver current Production Databases for D.R. requirements.
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October 7, 2019

Powershell - Disk Space Alert
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Get-WmiObject
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August 26, 2019

Microsoft SQL Server - Database Compression Estimator (PAGE and ROW)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_estimate_data_compression_savings
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July 14, 2019

Get SQL Agent Job Last Run Status
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.sysjobservers, msdb.dbo.sysjobs
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May 24, 2019

Get SQL Server Modules loaded
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL Server VAS (Virtual Address Space)
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May 3, 2019

View SQL Job Last Status in Microsoft System Center
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
OperationsManager
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April 16, 2019

Powershell - Log CPU - per Process - to a Table & Output File
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Get-Counter, Invoke-sqlcmd
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April 2, 2019

Azure Powershell - Delete all files in Storage Files Share
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Remove-AzureStorageFile
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February 28, 2019

Server-Level Trigger to notify on any Drop Database
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
ALTER TRIGGER [DropDatabaseNotifier] ON ALL SERVER FOR DROP_DATABASE
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February 15, 2019

SQL Server Transactional Replication - Get all Publication Article Columns, Get all Publication Article Filtered Rows
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Run in each Published Database
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January 30, 2019

SQL Jobs Monitor
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Receive alerts on any SQL Jobs Failed
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January 21, 2019

Log Shipping Real-Time Processing Engine v2
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.restorehistory, msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediaset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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January 15, 2019

T-SQL - Using Bitwise Operators to store multiple values in one column
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Bitwise operators perform bit manipulations between two expressions of any of the data types of the integer data type category...
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January 10, 2019

Restore a SQL Server Database Faster
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MAXTRANSFERSIZE, BUFFERCOUNT
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December 18, 2018

T-SQL - Determine the last DBCC CHECKDB date
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
DBCC DBINFO
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December 6, 2018

T-SQL Monitor TempDB Usage
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.database_files, sys.dm_os_performance_counters, sys.dm_db_file_space_usage
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December 4, 2018

Extracting Metrics from MSlogreader_history - "Approximately 45000000 log records have been scanned..."
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Distribution.dbo.MSlogreader_history, Distribution.dbo.MSlogreader_agents
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December 3, 2018

T-SQL - Dynamically Re-Size TempDB Files
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Alter Database tempdb Modify File
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December 3, 2018

Distribution Database in Recovery Pending State
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Alter Database Modify File
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November 23, 2018

Use Extended Events to monitor SQL Server Transactional Replication
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
ring_buffer
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November 23, 2018

SQL Server Reporting Services - Report Usage Stats
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
ExecutionLog2
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November 23, 2018

T-SQL List Permissions for an Object
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.objects, sys.database_permissions, sys.database_principals
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November 22, 2018

SQL Server Reporting Services - File Share Account
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Reporting Services Configuration Manager
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November 20, 2018

Migrating a Giant to the Cloud
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing
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November 18, 2018

T-SQL - Get all Distribution Agents, UndelivCmdsInDistDB & DelivCmdsInDistDB
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSdistribution_agents, MSdistribution_status, MSARTICLES, SYS.Servers, MSagent_profiles
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November 18, 2018

T-SQL - Get All Publications & Articles
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSPUBLICATIONS, MSARTICLES
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November 2, 2018

Log Shipping Real-Time Processing Engine
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.restorehistory, msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediaset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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November 1, 2018

T-SQL Delete Extra TempDB Data Files
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Alter Database Remove File
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October 31, 2018

T-SQL - Get Transaction Log Restore History on the Secondary Database Server for any Log Shipped Database(s)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediaset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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October 27, 2018

Use Powershell to monitor S2D(Storage Spaces Direct) Performance
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Get-StorageSubSystem, Get-StorageHealthReport
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October 19, 2018

Use Azure Function with Timer Trigger to call an Azure SQL Database Stored Procedure
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Azure Functions is a solution for easily running small pieces of code, or "functions," in the cloud...
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October 17, 2018

Cycle Error Logs
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_cycle_errorlog, sp_cycle_agent_errorlog
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October 12, 2018

T-SQL - Get Unused Indexes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
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October 6, 2018

T-SQL - Backup All Databases in an Instance and Return Backup History
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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September 26, 2018

T-SQL - Get Currently Running Jobs
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.sysjobs, msdb.dbo.sysjobactivity
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September 15, 2018

T-SQL Compare sys.database_files with sys.master_files
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Output any differences with System Catalog Views
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September 4, 2018

Query Cache Analysis
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL_Handle, Plan_Handle, Query_Hash, Query_Plan_Hash, Query Cache Statistics, Plan Attributes
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August 22, 2018

T-SQL - Check Always On Transactional Replication re-directed Publisher to Listener Name
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
dbo.sp_validate_redirected_publisher, dbo.sp_Validate_Replica_Hosts_As_Publishers, dbo.MSRedirected_Publishers
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August 14, 2018

T-SQL Encryption Status of a database
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_database_encryption_keys (Transact-SQL)
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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 (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Logon failed for user SQLCluster01
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June 21, 2018

Use Powershell to Stop & Start SQL Server Service
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Get-Service, Stop-Service, Start-Service
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June 19, 2018

T-SQL Check if a Table has a ColumnStore Index
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.indexes
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June 17, 2018

Fing Queries using Parallelism
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 13, 2018

Find the root cause of a TEMPDB LOG growth issue
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Extended Events, DBCC OPENTRAN, INPUTBUFFER & SYSPROCESSES
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June 6, 2018

Use SQLCMD Mode to connect to numerous SQL Instances & loop through all databases & execute query
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SSMS..SQLCMD Mode
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June 5, 2018

Get Azure API Versions for Web and Azure SQL Database
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Get-AzureRmResourceProvider
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June 4, 2018

Execute SSRS Report Subscriptions manually / on-demand
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
EXEC ReportServer.dbo.AddEvent @EventType='TimedSubscription',@EventData=''
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May 22, 2018

T-SQL - Log Linked Servers
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
[MASTER].sys.Servers, [MASTER].sys.linked_logins, [MASTER].sys.server_principals
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May 20, 2018

SQL Server Audit
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Create Server Audit, Create Server Audit Specification
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May 18, 2018

Automate DBCC UpdateUsage per select list of databases
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
DBCC UPDATEUSAGE
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May 18, 2018

Automate DBCC UpdateStats per select list of databases
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Exec sp_updatestats
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May 14, 2018

T-SQL - List Databases, Logins & SQL Jobs
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
master.sys.databases, master.sys.server_principals, msdb.dbo.sysjobs
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May 6, 2018

T-SQL Generate Logins for a specific list of databases for Migration purposes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Use a Driver table for Database List
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April 29, 2018

Running SQL Server Post-Installation Checks
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Builds
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April 28, 2018

Automate SQL Server Database Data & Log File Growth Sizes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.master_files, sys.databases, sysaltfiles
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April 28, 2018

Check Allocation Unit Size for Disks in a SQL Server System
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
DISKPART
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April 28, 2018

SQL Server Automated Database Migration using Backup & Restore Method (v1)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
FULL, DIFFERENTIAL, LOG
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April 21, 2018

Monitor real-time query progress using sys.dm_exec_query_profiles DMV
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Use this DMV to determine which part of the query is running slow.
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April 16, 2018

Find the Authentication scheme(SQL Server or Windows Authentication) used with all connections.
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_exec_connections
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April 13, 2018

Automate XCOPY of Database Data & Log Files
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Useful for SQL Server Database Migrations that use DETACH & ATTACH process
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April 10, 2018

The term 'New-AzureStorageContext' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQLPS.exe, New-AzureStorageContext, Get-AzureStorageBlob, Remove-AzureStorageBlob
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March 23, 2018

Using Microsoft Data Migration Assistant and Extended Events to capture any Deprecated Features
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sqlserver.deprecation_announcement, sqlserver.deprecation_final_support
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March 22, 2018

Using Extended Events to capture failed logins
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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March 10, 2018

Using Extended Events to capture Stored Procedure calls, Log & Extract Duration Buckets of % and/or #
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
CREATE EVENT SESSION, ADD EVENT, ADD TARGET
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March 7, 2018

Find out which Connections are using the highest network bandwidth from SQL Server
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
DMVs
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March 3, 2018

Automated Report for any Database Restores occurring on an SQL Server Instance
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
HTML Report, Database Mail
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February 24, 2018

Using PowerShell to spin up Windock's Docker Containers running SQL Server with Cloned Databases
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Clone Terabyte data in seconds
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February 13, 2018

Extract Blocking Chains from your SQL Servers
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Find the Head / Lead Blockers to eliminate/lower your rate of Blocking
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February 11, 2018

Hitting the 16 Terabytes Data File Limit
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Maximum Capacity Specifications for SQL Server
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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 (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL Server Error Log, Failover Cluster Cluster Events, Cluster.log
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January 28, 2018

Using Windock's Docker SQL Containers to deliver multiple SQL Server Environment(s) in seconds on a single machine
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Automation, Continuous Integration
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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 (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.trace_events, sys.trace_subclass_values
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January 22, 2018

The request limit for the database is 400 and has been reached
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Azure SQL Database resource limits
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January 19, 2018

Powershell Functions to check if TLS 1.2 updates are required
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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January 9, 2018

SQL Always On Monitor
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Captures, Logs, Alerts & Reports for Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups Metrics.
Read More
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December 18, 2017

Automate Database Attach or Detach of all User Databases for a Migration
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_detach_db, sp_attach_db
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December 12, 2017

Find Long Running Queries in SQL Server, Queries with High Execution Counts, Query Cache Analysis
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Max Worker Time, Max Elapsed Time, Execution Counts, Last Elapsed Time
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December 12, 2017

Reporting Services 2016 Subscriptions Error - "An error has occurred. Something went wrong. Please try again later."
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
No Subscriptions Available
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December 12, 2017

Replacement of Remote Transactional Replication Distributor in an Always On Setup
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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December 11, 2017

Huge Transaction Log File with Always-ON Availability Group Database in SQL Server 2016 STD
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
log_reuse_wait_desc, DBCC sqlperf(logspace), DBCC LogInfo
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December 9, 2017

"The specified network name is no longer available" error while connecting On Premise Applications to Azure Always On Listener.
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MTU Setting
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December 3, 2017

DatabaseMail - Queuing
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sysmail_help_queue_sp, msdb.dbo.sysmail_allitems
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December 2, 2017

Troubleshooting Azure VM SQL Server Database Mail using SmtpClient class, PowerShell and SendGrid
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
System.Net.Mail.MailAddress, System.net.mail.smtpclient, System.Net.NetworkCredential
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November 30, 2017

Automate DBCC CHECKDB Per Instance
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Execute against each Database in the Instance + Log Results + Check for any errors + RaiseError(Alert)
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November 29, 2017

SQL Server Transactional Replication Error: Count not find stored procedure sp_MSdel_TableName
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_scriptpublicationcustomprocs (Transact-SQL)
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November 29, 2017

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installation failed
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Exit Code: -2061893565
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November 24, 2017

Troubleshooting SSIS Package Execution using dtexec Utility (SSIS Tool)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL Server Execute Package Utility
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November 23, 2017

Replication Monitor - Agent Profile - HistroryVerboseLevel
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
HistoryVerboseLevel 2
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November 18, 2017

Enable or Disable All SQL Jobs
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSDB..sysjobs
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November 17, 2017

Monitor the progress of an Azure SQL Database Tier Scaling Operation
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_operation_status - Returns information about operations performed on databases in a Azure SQL Database server.
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November 9, 2017

T-SQL - Query all SQL Server Error Log Files
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
xp_enumerrorlogs
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November 8, 2017

T-SQL - Check Statistics Last Updated and Update All Statistics
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.stats, sys.stats_columns, sys.columns, sys.partitions, sys.objects
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November 8, 2017

T-SQL - Find Missing Indexes - incl. Improvement Measure and Avg User Impact
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_db_missing_index_group, sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats, sys.dm_db_missing_index_details
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October 4, 2017

Automate Azure SQL Database (As-A-Service) Copy From a Logical Server to another Logical Server
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Import-AzureRmContext, Get-AzureRMResource, New-azurermsqldatabasecopy
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September 26, 2017

T-SQL Index & Heap Space plus Rolled Up Table Space
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.tables, sys.schemas, sys.indexes, sys.partition, sys.allocation_units
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September 9, 2017

SQL Replication Monitor
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Captures, Logs, Alerts & Reports for Microsoft SQL Server Transaction Replication Distribution Metrics.
Read More
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August 30, 2017

Get Number of Microsoft Systems Center (SCOM) Events Per ComputerName
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
EventallView
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August 29, 2017

Speeding up SQL Server Database Restores
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Multi-Threaded Approach, Database Instant File Initialization, Azure VM SSDs
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August 28, 2017

List SQL Server Non-Default Configuration Options
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Server Dashboard Report
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August 25, 2017

T-SQL Get SQL Server Transaction Log Backup Size (or Database Backup Size)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSDB..backupset
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August 24, 2017

Automate Azure SQL Database Backup to Azure Virtual Machine running SQL Server
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SqlPackage.exe - /export, /import
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August 22, 2017

Transaction Log Large File Size
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
800+GB Transaction Log File
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August 18, 2017

SQL Server Database Transaction Log Backups - Activity-based (vs Time-based)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_db_log_stats
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August 18, 2017

T-SQL - Get Stored Procedure Created and Modified Dates
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.objects, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES
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August 17, 2017

Get Number of Microsoft Systems Center (SCOM) Monitor's State changes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
StateChangeEvent, State, MonitorView, ManagedType
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July 31, 2017

Create a Microsoft SQL Server Audit Report using Powershell
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO, HTML Report, Email Delivery
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July 30, 2017

T-SQL - Get Logins Connect Permissions
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.server_principals, sys.server_permissions, sys.sql_logins
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July 29, 2017

T-SQL - Get SQL Server Up-Time - Services, SysProcesses & TempDB
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_server_services, sysprocesses, sys.databases
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July 26, 2017

T-SQL - Get list of Indexes with Fillfactor less than 90 (incl: #Pages, #Rows, % Fillfactor, % Fragmentation)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats, sys.indexes
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July 24, 2017

T-SQL - Get Tables, Fields & Data Types
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.columns, sys.objects, sys.types
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July 23, 2017

T-SQL - sp_clean_db_free_space
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Removes residual information left on database pages because of data modification routines in SQL Server.
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July 21, 2017

T-SQL Get Database Backups Throughput
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.backupset, msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily
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July 19, 2017

T-SQL Display Operating System Version Information
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_os_windows_info vs sys.dm_os_host_info
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July 12, 2017

SQL Space Monitor - Version 2
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.database, sys.master_files, sys.data_spaces, sys.dm_os_volume_stats, sp_send_dbmail
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July 8, 2017

SQL Space Monitor - Version 1
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.database, sys.master_files, sys.data_spaces, sys.dm_os_volume_stats
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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 (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.sysjobhistory
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June 30, 2017

SQL Server Buffer Pool Usage per Database and per Objects
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.objects, sys.partitions, sys.allocation_units, sys.indexes, sys.dm_os_buffer_descriptors
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June 28, 2017

Auditing SQL Server Systems - Logins
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_readerrorlog, sp_helptext
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June 25, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_db_log_info
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 24, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_os_enumerate_fixed_drives
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
A New DMV to identify free disk space. It is a replacement for XP_FIXEDDRIVES.
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June 23, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.dm_os_file_exists
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
A New inline TVF to check if a file exists or not. It is a replacement for XP_FILEEXIST.
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June 20, 2017

SQL Server 2017 - sys.query_store_wait_stats
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 19, 2017

sp_configure - RECONFIGURE or RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL Server Configuration options are available to manage via SQL Server Management Studio Application (SSMS) or sp_configure stored procedure...
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June 18, 2017

SQL Server PBM - Policy, Condition, Facet
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 18, 2017

SQL Server Management Studio - Web Browser
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Create an New Vertical Tab Group with Query Editor & Web Browser...
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June 14, 2017

T-SQL Get Permissions for a Role
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.database_principals, sys.database_permissions, sys.schemas, sys.objects
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June 7, 2017

sp_server_diagnostics
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 7, 2017

Transactional Replication Monitoring - SQL Job Perspective - Last Run Time and Run Status
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
This query returns all Replication SQL Jobs and reports on it's Last Run Time and Run Status...
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June 5, 2017

Capture Microsoft SQL Server Waits Stats
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 3, 2017

T-SQL List Database or Log Backups
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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June 2, 2017

Use AzCopy to copy SQL Server Backup Files to Azure Blob Storage
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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May 31, 2017

How to Monitor Log Shipping in SQL Server
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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May 29, 2017

T-SQL Getdate as Integer
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
With Time, With Uniqueidentifier
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April 11, 2017

T-SQL - Constants vs Parameters vs Local Variables - Execution Plans, Statistics, Assumptions
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Procedure Cache, Parameter Sniffing, SSMS Compare Execution Plans Tool, SSMS Live Execution Plan Tool
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March 30, 2017

SQL Server - File IO - Sizes, Usage, Stats - Write(Insert) vs Read(Select)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SSMS, Process Monitor
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March 29, 2017

SQL Server Database Mail - Success, Failure, Logs, Config
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
msdb.dbo.sysmail_sentitems, msdb.dbo.sysmail_faileditems, msdb.dbo.sysmail_event_log, msdb.dbo.sysmail_configuration
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March 16, 2017

Microsoft SQL Server Replication - Distribution - CmdsPerSec Delivery Rate Dropped
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Distribution.dbo.MSdistribution_history
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February 27, 2017

SQL Server High Availability - Monitor AlwaysON Availability Groups using Powershell, DMVs and TSQL
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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February 21, 2017

Use Microsoft Message Analyzer to capture TDS Packets
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
The Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol is an application layer request/response protocol that...
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February 2, 2017

T-SQL Transform Row Data into Columns using PIVOT
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Example - Transactional Replication Pending Commands
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January 27, 2017

List all SQL Server Reporting Services Subscriptions
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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January 27, 2017

SQL Server Get Latest Database or Log Backup History
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
DB, Log, Diff
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January 18, 2017

Calculate RTO(Recovery Time Objective) in AlwaysON Availability Groups
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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January 15, 2017

SQL Server on Linux
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Microsoft Azure, Linux VM, SQL Server vNext
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January 12, 2017

T-SQL Get Maximum Value from a list of Columns Values
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
VALUES Clause...
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January 3, 2017

DBCC CLONEDATABASE
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Generates a Schema and Statistics only copy...
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January 1, 2017

SQL Server 2016 Compress() & Decompress()
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Built-in T-SQL functions in SQL Server 2016
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December 30, 2016

JSON in SQL Server 2016
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
JSON_VALUE, JSON_QUERY, JSON_MODIFY, OPENJSON, FOR JSON
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December 27, 2016

Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
A new type of user table in SQL Server 2016
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December 17, 2016

T-SQL Merge
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Inserting, Updating, and Deleting Data by Using MERGE
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December 17, 2016

T-SQL Pivot Data
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Pivoting the data based on a column values
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December 15, 2016

The User Data directory in the registry is not valid. Error code: 0x851A0043
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SQL Server Service Pack(s), Registry Key
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December 13, 2016

Reseed Identity Column in a SQL Server Table
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
IDENTITY, DBCC CHECKIDENT
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December 13, 2016

SQL Server Schema Change History
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.traces, fn_trace_gettable, fn_dblog, SSMS Report
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December 9, 2016

T-SQL - Recursive CTE's
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Generate a List of Numbers, Generate a List of dates(DATEFROMPARTS, EOMONTH, MAXRECURSION), Navigate a Hierarchy
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December 8, 2016

Add a new Article to an existing Publication in Transactional Replication (Push Subscription) using T-SQL
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sp_helppublication, sp_helpsubscription, sp_addarticle, sp_addsubscription
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December 6, 2016

Retrieving the input buffer in SQL Server 2016 using the new Dynamic Management Function - sys.dm_exec_input_buffer
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Functionally equivalent to DBCC INPUTBUFFER
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December 6, 2016

T-SQL Delete Duplicate Records
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
CTE, Row_Number(), Over(Partition by)
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December 5, 2016

T-SQL Create a Distinct Comma Separated List of Postal Codes
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
COALESCE
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December 5, 2016

T-SQL - Extract out the Date within File Names
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SUBSTRING Function w/ PATINDEX(Pattern Index Function) and a REGEX(Regular Expression)
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December 1, 2016

Find out when an AlwaysOn Availability Group Failover occurred
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.dm_xe_sessions, sys.dm_xe_session_targets, sys.messages
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November 29, 2016

Microsoft SQL Server Replication - Log Reader Agent - History, Status & Configuration
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSlogreader_history, MSlogreader_agents, sp_replcmds
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November 19, 2016

Using Extended Events to Monitor Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Capture DDL, Capture Availability Replica State Changes, Capture Total Events Captured
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November 4, 2016

T-SQL Get Replication Distribution History Errors
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSdistribution_history, MSdistribution_agents
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October 15, 2016

T-SQL Analytic Functions FIRST_VALUE(), LAST_VALUE(), LEAD(), LAG()
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
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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October 15, 2016

T-SQL Ranking Functions ROW_NUMBER(), RANK(), DENSE_RANK(), NTILE()
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Ranking functions return a ranking value for each row in a partition
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October 13, 2016

T-SQL Get Total Database Size
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.databases, sys.master_files
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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 (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
OPENQUERY
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October 6, 2016

Azure SQL Database Geo-Replication Logins and Users Configuration
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Create Login, Create User, sys.sql_logins , sys.database_principals
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October 3, 2016

Azure SQL Database Geo-Replication - Initiate a Failover using T-SQL
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Alter Database FAILOVER, sys.dm_geo_replication_link_status, sys.dm_operation_status
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October 3, 2016

Failed to update database because the database is read-only. Error Code 3096.
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Transactional Replication, Distribution Database, MSrepl_errors table, Set-AzureRmSqlDatabaseSecondary
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September 29, 2016

SQL Server Transactional Replication "The process could not connect to Subscriber" and "Cannot open server requested by the login"
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
On-Premise Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure SQL Database
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September 9, 2016

SQL Server List all Tables with no Primary Key
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
information_schema.tables, sys.tables, replication
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September 7, 2016

Text was truncated or one or more characters had no match in the target code page
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SSIS Package, SQL Job
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September 6, 2016

Powershell Azure Virtual Machine Alerts with Webhook & Logic App
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Loop all Resource Groups & Virtual Machines in a Subscription
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September 2, 2016

T-SQL SET PARSEONLY ON vs SET NOEXEC ON vs SET FMTONLY ON
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Parsing T-SQL Statements
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August 28, 2016

Use Extended Events to capture Deadlocks in SQL Server
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Histogram, XQuery
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August 24, 2016

Create Alert for Azure SQL Database using Powershell Code
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Add-AzureRmMetricAlertRule
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August 22, 2016

T-SQL Log Long Running Open Transactions
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Transaction Log Size, Number of VLF(Virtual Log Files), Connection Details
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August 10, 2016

Transactional Replication - Out of Synchronization
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
SkipErrors, Validate Subscriptions
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July 27, 2016

How to Migrate an On-Premise SQL Server Database into Microsoft Azure As-A-Service (PAAS)
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Export Data-tier Application, AzCopy Tool, Microsoft Azure Portal Import Database
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July 20, 2016

SQL Server Replication Get Undistributed Commands
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Distribution.sys.sp_MSget_repl_commands
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July 17, 2016

SQL Server Distribution Agent is retrying after an error
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Transactional Replication, Distribution.dbo.MSdistribution_history, Distribution Retention Period
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July 14, 2016

View Microsoft SQL Server Replication Publication details
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Publication Name, Publication DB, Article Name, Distribution Name, Subscriber Name, Subscriber DB
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July 11, 2016

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Copy Operation
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Start-AzureSqlDatabaseCopy, Get-AzureSqlDatabaseOperation, Monitor Progress
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July 3, 2016

Create Microsoft Azure SQL Database using Powershell
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Module AzureRM.sql, New-AzureRmSqlServer, New-AzureRmSqlDatabase, SAAS
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June 30, 2016

How to prevent schema changes to tables configured for SQL Server Replication
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Database-level Trigger
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June 29, 2016

T-SQL Check the last X days for any SQL Agent Job steps that were retried
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
MSDN function dbo.agent_datetime for Date & Time, Filter out Replication Jobs
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June 28, 2016

T-SQL Stuff() vs Replace()
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Transact-SQL Functions
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June 22, 2016

Capture Slow Stored Procedure Calls in Microsoft SQL Server using Extended Events
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sqlserver.rpc_completed
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June 20, 2016

Cross-Database Queries in Azure SQL Databases
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Extension in the DDL for external data sources and external tables
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June 15, 2016

MSrepl_errors - TCP Provider: The semaphore timeout period has expired & Communication link failure
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Distribution DB
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June 15, 2016

Delete Microsoft Azure Storage Blob(s) based on specified retention period
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Microsoft SQL Server .bak & log files
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June 10, 2016

TechDevOps.com shared a Session - "SQL Server Index Internals: A Deep Dive (Tim Chapman; Microsoft)"
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
PASS
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June 1, 2016

SQL Server Management Studio - Include Client Statistics
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Measure Round-Trip Client-to-Server Time
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May 19, 2016

SQL Server Management Studio Multiserver Queries
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Groups, Status Bar, MultiServer Results
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May 16, 2016

SQL Server Deadlock Detection & Logging
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Trace Flag, DMV
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May 15, 2016

Procedure Cache Analysis Queries
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
sys.procedures, sys.dm_exec_procedure_stats, sys.dm_exec_cached_plans
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May 9, 2016

T-SQL Cross Apply vs Derived Table vs Subquery
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Enter Short Description Here
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May 6, 2016

SQL Server Execution Plan Handle Changes - Monitoring, Logging & Alerting
by BF (Principal Consultant; Architecture; Engineering)
Alert if Plan_Handle changes
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April 13, 2016

Rebuild Indexes based on Fragmentation Percent