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  • Visualizing Data File Layout I

    Part 1 of a blog series visually demonstrating the layout of objects on data pages in SQL Server Some years ago a gentleman called Danny Gould created a free tool called Internals Viewer for SQL Server. I’m a visual sort of guy, and I always thought it would be fun and educational to make a simple visualizer, like the one he created, in order to ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on January 22, 2013
  • Update to Rules-Driven Maintenance

    Back in August I posted a first version of a rules-driven solution for backups, index and statistics maintenance and integrity checks. The system in general has been working well, and has saved my team a huge amount of time and effort. We are coming to the anniversary of its use in production soon. Today I offer an update that contains a few ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on January 16, 2013
  • Backup File Naming Convention

    I have been asked this many times before and again just recently so I figured why not blog about it. None of this information outlined here is rocket science or even new but it is an area that I don’t think people put enough thought into before implementing.  Sure everyone choses some format but it often doesn’t go far enough in my opinion ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on October 5, 2012
  • Backup and the evil RETAINDAYS option

    ''So what bad has this option done?'', you probably as yourself. Well, not much, but I find it evil because it confuses people, especially those new to SQL Server. I have many times seen people specifying something like 3, and expect SQL Server to keep the three most recent backups in the backup file and overwrite everything which is older than ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 8, 2012
  • Analyzing the errorlog

    How often do you do this? Look over each message (type) in the errorlog file and determine whether this is something you want to act on. Sure, some (but not all) of you have some monitoring solution in place, but are you 100% confident that it really will notify for all messages that you might find interesting? That there isn't even one little ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 5, 2012
  • Ola Hallengren's maint procedures now supports logging to table

    This can for instance be very useful if you want to keep track how long time things take, over time. Check them out here.Version history here.
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 15, 2011
  • Article released about moving databases

    Just a short notice that I've released an article about moving databases between SQL Server instances: You find it at http://www.karaszi.com/SQLServer/info_moving_database.asp.
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 10, 2011
  • Using the catalog views : clearing out a "botched" schema

    A user on StackOverflow had populated a custom schema with a bunch of tables, and needed to replace them with a new set of tables due to various changes. But he couldn't just drop them all in any arbitrary order, because there were foreign keys in place. His workaround was to just run a ''drop all tables'' script multiple times until there were no ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on July 7, 2011
  • Project Atlanta Has a New Name

      Brad Anderson just completed a keynote in Las Vegas at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 and announced the new name for what was originally called Project Atlanta. Dot da da dah… And the new name is:  System Center Advisor.  You can find much more information at www.SystemCenterAdvisor.com.  The product also goes from a ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on March 22, 2011
  • A more reliable and more flexible sp_MSforeachdb

    I've complained about sp_MSforeachdb before.  In part of my ''Bad Habits to Kick'' series in 2009-10, I described how I worked around its sporadic inability to actually process all of the databases on an instance: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/aaron_bertrand/archive/2010/02/08/bad-habits-to-kick-relying-on-undocumented-behavior.aspx I ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on December 29, 2010
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