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  • Third Party Applications and Other Acts of Violence Against Your SQL Server

    I just got finished reading a great blog post from my buddy, Thomas LaRock (t | b), in which he describes a useful personal policy he used to track changes made to his SQL Servers when installing third-party products. Note that I'm talking about line-of-business applications here - your inventory management systems and help desk ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 12, 2014
  • Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server. (Now with Prizes for Participation!)

    The first big mistake I made as a DBA was coming to work with my zipper wide open. But I digress.Hear one of my most popular session via streaming media at SQLSentry.TV!Microsoft SQL Server is easier to administrate than any other relational database on the market.  But “easier than everyone else” doesn’t mean it’s easy.  And it doesn’t ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 9, 2014
  • Join Me on March 14 in Silicon Valley for a Full-Day of SQL Server Configuration Tuning Lessons

     Join me for a day ofReal World Database Configuration and Tuning for Microsoft SQL ServerSQL Saturday Silicon Valley 2014Friday, March 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)Mountain View, CAClick HERE to register Now! Seating is very limited! This full-day training event combines a thorough overview of fundamental architectural concepts ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 18, 2014
  • One Preparation that makes SSMS Crash Dumps Easy to Survive

     Uh oh!So you're plugging along in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) when it suddenly goes belly up. Now you're staring at various dialog boxes telling you that SSMS crashed. Usually the first dialog box you get will ask you if you'd like to close OR the program. If you choose to close the program, you'll be presented with the opportunity ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 10, 2014
  • One Piece of Advice for the Aspiring Junior DBA

    This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom (Twitter | Blog).''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?''John asked 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question. I share my own thoughts with you below and you can find all our answers together ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 10, 2013
  • Wait Statistics in Microsoft SQL Server

     (Originally appearing at http://kevinekline.com/2013/10/09/wait-statistics-in-sql-server/).When it comes to troubleshooting in relational databases, there's no better place to start than wait statistics.  In a nutshell, a wait statistic is an internal counter that tells you how long the database spent waiting for a particular ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 9, 2013
  • New Windows and SQL Azure Resources for the IT Pro

    Here's a new post from my website, with many thanks to Microsoft DPE for the Central Region, Keith Mayer (blog | twitter), for these great tips!     Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits available on MSDN and TechNet subscription sites. This is the version I'm waiting for since it fully preserves the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 17, 2013
  • Now Playing on SSWUG TV!

    Hi friends, I know a lot of you regularly read my blog either on my home page at KevinEKline.com, on SQLBlog.com, or one of the locations where it's syndicated. And you may also regularly take in my content on SQLSentry.TV or my monthly column on Database Trends & Applications magazine.   Click the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 10, 2013
  • Database Trends & Applications column: Database Benchmarking from A to Z

    Have you heard of the monthly print and web magazine Database Trends & Applications (DBTA)? Did you know I'm the regular columnist covering SQL Server?  For the past six months, I've been writing a series of articles about database benchmarking culminating in the latest article discussing my three favorite database ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 24, 2013
  • Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

    Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council (www.tpc.org) has already created a large number of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 29, 2013
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