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  • Set and Verify the Retention Value for Change Data Capture

    Last summer I set up Change Data Capture for a client to track changes to their application database to apply those changes to their data warehouse. The client had some issues a short while back and felt they needed to increase the retention period from the default 3 days to 5 days. I ran this query to make that change: sp_cdc_change_job ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on March 7, 2012
  • Endpoints Need Privileges Too

    Yesterday I delivered a session for the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter on Service Broker. In preparing for the session I was having trouble with my demo environment. Since early this year, after I upgraded my laptop to a Lenovo W510 with 10GB RAM, I've been using VM Workstation for my demo and test machines, replacing the Microsoft Virtual PC demos ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 26, 2011
  • Change SQL Servers Authentication Mode with PowerShell

    Lately I've been working on scripts to check and set security and configuration settings for SQL Server using PowerShell. One of the settings that I normally set and forget at install time is the Authentication Mode setting. Best practices suggest that you set this to Windows Authentication, but my experience has been that it's always better to ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 19, 2011
  • Discover Facets and Properties in PowerShell

    When you're trying to set up scripts to deploy policies to your servers (because you ALWAYS automate with PowerShell, right?), it can be sometimes difficult to determine exactly what facets are there, and when you do know the facet name, what properties are available to you. First, in a native PowerShell window you'll need to load the assemblies ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on September 27, 2010
  • PASS PowerShell/SQL Server PreCon

    PowerShell is an amazing tool to help you automate your administrative processes. There are a lot of books and online sources to help you learn PowerShell, but how do you learn how to use it with SQL Server? Simple, just sign up for my PASS PreCon session. Here's the outline: Use PowerShell to Get the Most out of SQL Server Module 1: ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on August 19, 2010
  • TechEd 2010 Followup

    Last week I presented a couple of sessions at Tech Ed NA in New Orleans. It was a great experience, even though my demos didn't always work out as planned. Here are the sessions I presented: DAT01-INT Administrative Demo-Fest for SQL Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 provides a wealth of features aimed at the DBA. In this demofest of features we'll ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on June 13, 2010
  • Speaking at SQLSaturday #33 in Charlotte

    I'll be presenting two sessions this Saturday (March 6, 2010) in Charlotte - Automate SQL Server Administration with PowerShell and Gather SQL Server Performance Data with PowerShell. The event takes place at the Microsoft Charlotte Offices on 8050 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. For more information please visit SQLSaturday.com or email us ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on March 4, 2010
  • Service Broker Basics - Part Deux

    Last week I introduced the Service Broker Basics. Today I'd like to cover some of the ''plumbing'' - the components that allow communication between different servers running Service Broker. Endpoints. There needs to be a channel for the communications coming in and out of the server, and in the IP world that channel exists in the form of a ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on January 12, 2010
  • Service Broker Basics

    I'm currently implementing a Service Broker solution at a client site, and it's been an interesting challenge, because there's not a lot of information out there to help guide you through the process. Here I'd like to walk you through the basics. Message Types. Service Broker sends messages asynchronously from one database to another. You can ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on January 6, 2010
  • Changing Server Default Collation

    An interesting problem develops when the standard default collation for SQL Server isn't appropriate. Working with clients here in the Czech Republic, I have to reset our lab systems server default collation to Czech_CI_AS, and I found it difficult to find out how to do this via Books Online. Since we have systems running SQL 2000, SQL 2005 and ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 29, 2009
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