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SQL Risk and Health Assessment Program (SQLRAP)

The SQL Server Riadk and Health Assessment Program, otherwise known as SQLRAP, isn't well known. It hasn't been blogged about much. Today I'm analyzing SQLRAP output and developing a plan to implement changes it suggests. You can read more about the program here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8D54DB4D-3232-4CF8-8BA5-E80557835421&displaylang=en

The SQLRAP service is when you pay for a premier support engineer to come to your site and run the SQLRAP tools to collect metrics about your SQL Servers. A verbal description of what's done doesn't do justice to SQLRAP. The real value of SQLRAP is in the presentation. DMVs, logs, and Perfmon already provide us with lots of data - often too much. SQLRAP turns the raw data into information we can easily use.

SQLRAP is a service I'm comfortable recommending. Here’s a screenshot of a small portion of the output:

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Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:47 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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