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  • Quick Tip - Speed a Slow Restore from the Transaction Log

    Here's a quick tip for you:During some restore operations on Microsoft SQL Server, the transaction log redo step might be taking an unusually long time.  Depending somewhat on the version and edition of SQL Server you've installed, you may be able to increase performance by tinkering with the readahead performance for the redo operations. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 14, 2012
  • The Zombie PerfMon Counter That Never Dies! Quick Tip

    The PerfMon Counters That Just Won't DieOne of the things that's simultaneously great and horrible about the Internet is that once something gets posted out in the ether, it basically never goes away.  (Some day, politicians will realize this.  We can easily fact check their consistency).  Because of longevity of content posted to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 8, 2012
  • New on SQLMag.Com: Update to SP_WHOISACTIVE

    I profiled Adam Machanic's (blog | twitter) excellent stored procedure, SP_WHOISACTIVE, back in August of 2010 in my monthly SQLMag column, Tool Time.  Adam has been diligent about maintaining the tool and adding new features. Read the details on my SQLMag Tool Time column (here - ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 21, 2011
  • Database Maintenance Scripting Done Right

    I first wrote about useful database maintenance scripts on my SQLBlog account way back in 2008. Hmmm - now that I think about it, I first wrote about my own useful database maintenance scripts in a journal called SQL Server Professional back in the mid-1990's on SQL Server v6.5 or some such. But I digress... Anyway, I pointed out a couple ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 18, 2011
  • It's the Atlanta Attendance Contest!

    I'm speaking tonight on Top 10 Mistakes DBAs Make at the Atlanta SQL Server User Group meeting in Alpharetta, GA.  You can find all of the details here.The Best Dang Design Book for SQL Server Professionals - EVER!I thought I'd liven things up a bit with a little contest.  The rules are simple: A. If you don't follow me on ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 12, 2010
  • DBA Automation Roundtable Discussion

    My favorite event at Microsoft's TechEd 2008 conference held in Orlando this year was a roundtable discussion about automating DBA work with several other SQL Server experts.  The session was moderated by Allen White and included myself, Dan Jones (of Microsoft), Steve Jones (of SQL Server Central fame), and Buck Woody (also of Microsoft, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 20, 2008
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