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  • New Post on my SQLMag Blog – Free DMV Monitoring Tools

    I’ve posted a new entry on my SQL Server Magazine blog about two free DMV monitoring tools available on CodePlex.Read the article here: a look at the two tools and let me know which you like better and why.  Inquiring minds want to know!Cheers,-Kevin Twitter ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 18, 2009
  • Match those types!

    This is a recommendation I believe is worth repeating from time to time: Make sure you match data types when you write TSQL code. Else you in most cases end up with an implicit data type conversion. And in worst case, this conversion is performed at the column side - not the literal side of your query. What does that mean? Consider below: WHERE ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on April 28, 2009
  • Memory from Every Angle

    It seems like questions always come up about how to monitor memory.  But each time the question comes up, it’s slightly different.   Here’s a sort of FAQ for memory questions:   1.  How can I figure out memory and CPU consumption by database? a.  In SQL Server 2005, DMVs are of course the way to go.  Pre-SQL ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 14, 2008
  • SSIS Packages Need Love Too, er, Memory Too!

    I received a question this morning about whether there are any ways to estimate the memory requirements of executing SSIS packages?  In the case of the question, the emailer wanted to know how to do things like find out the data size at the source and at the destination of a data transformation, or how to reckon the memory consumption of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 9, 2008
  • SQL Server Memory Tracking with Windows Task Manager

    Have you ever looked at the Windows Task Manager for a quick read on SQL Server 2005 memory consumption?   You can get good information from the Windows Task Manager about SQL Server memory, but you have to know what to look for. When running with AWE memory enabled on a 32-bit system, you may see an unusually low amount of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 29, 2008
  • Did You Know? Free SQL Server Troubleshooting Tools

    I'm very excited about the new Management Data Warehouse coming in SQL Server 2008 (which was called Performance Studio at one point), but keep in mind there are lots of available tools in the current versions. One of the students in my class last week put together this list of his favorites. Note that some of the tools can be used together. For ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on May 17, 2008

    You might encounter a situation, under a very heavy workload, where processing for certain transactions starts out very efficiently, but over time becomes much less efficient.    A good place to start troubleshooting is, of course, PerfMon.  But PerfMon can fail to reveal the culprit, since the CPU can remain stable and moderate ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 14, 2008
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