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  • Top Tools I Didn’t Know I Needed as a DBA

    Today’s post is an unabashedly subjective plug for a bunch of unrelated tools I have come to rely on and love. I’m not really a “tools guy,” so there are no doubt better and worse tools for these tasks out there. I’m not affiliated with any of the vendors or authors. There’s no scientific method here - I just like these, and use them daily, and ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on April 7, 2011
  • SCOM, 90 days in, III. Stuff to Add

    This is the third installment of a series on our deployment of System Center at my workplace, emphasis on SQL Server MP. At this point we’ve got Operations Manager installed, and up and running, and we’ve been able to categorize all the monitored servers into production, preproduction, test and DR using groups that have dynamic membership rules. ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on March 3, 2011
  • SCOM, 90 Days In, II. Noise.

    Once you get past the basic architecture of a SCOM implementation, and build the servers, and so on, the first real problem is … well, noise. Suddenly (depending on how you deploy) the system will reach out, like marching army ants or some very clever cybernetic spider and find, and then proceed to yell at you about, every single problem on every ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on February 24, 2011
  • SCOM, 90 Days In, I

    At my office we’re about 90 days into our implementation of System Center Operations Manager for Windows Server and SQL Server monitoring. All in all it’s been a good experience, and I’m really excited to have access to this tool. I’ve logged a fair number of years as a DBA on products like Idera’s SQL Diagnostic Manager and Quest Spotlight on SQL ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on February 23, 2011
  • POSH-y SQL Disk Space Monitoring

    In a prior post I expressed my dismay that apparently Operations Manager (which I dig in other respects) has no love for SQL Server storage that uses mount points. Herewith, henceforth, forthwith is a PowerShell workaround I am using until I find out I am wrong, or there’s a management pack fix. The crux of the issue, I think, is that SQL Server ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on January 5, 2011
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