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  • Did You Know? Troubleshooting Tools Update

      Last May,  I blogged about free troubleshooting tools for SQL Server and today I received a comment that one of the tools listed seemed to no longer be available.  So I thought I would publish a refresh. There are dozens of great tools available, and I'm not even pretending that I am going to list them all. This post is really ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on January 23, 2009
  • Geek City: Reading the Transaction Log

    Sorry, I'm not actually going to tell you how to read the log. I'm just going to talk about it... and whether it's a good thing to be able to do or not, or whether it's an absolutely crucial feature that MS needs to provide for us immediately, in a hotfix, if not sooner. Forget about fixing bugs, I want to read the log because I forgot to set up a ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on August 23, 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
  • Geek City: Included Columns

    When an issue comes up more than once in a short period of time, I figure it is a message from the Universe. I might even assume it is a gift of blog fodder. So I won't turn down the gift, even if it means another juicy post before the end of year, much to Denis' disappointment. The issue is SQL Server 2005 ''Included Columns''. There was a post ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on December 31, 2007
  • Geek City: Christmas Present from PSS

    I rarely just make a post that is a link to someone else's blog post, but this one is too good to allow anyone to miss. So if you haven't seen any other announcements about this one, you'll see it here. Two of the incredible guys in Product Support Services for SQL Server at Microsoft have released a set of tools that could change your ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on December 18, 2007
  • Did you know? Cloning is Legal (and Available in SQL Server 2005)

      I first heard about the possibility of database cloning way back in version 7.0 and thought it sounded like a great idea. Who wouldn't love to have a bunch of identical little databases running around, of smaller size and easier manageability? Cloning a database means creating a statistics only copy of it, so that you can examine ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on November 21, 2007
  • Geek City: Poor (Wo)Man's Load Testing

      Last July, I posted about a way to run a batch multiple times when you use GO as the batch separator. I usually take advantage of this technique when I am loading test data into a table. I was mentioning this feature to my class last week in Minneapolis, and one of the students thought that this feature had another use. He thought it ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on October 24, 2007
  • Did You Know? Run a batch multiple times

      At first I thought I would just add another sentence to my previous post, but then I realized that this feature is not even documented anywhere, and it might be useful to mention it in its very own post.  I have no idea why it is undocumented, but it has been part of all command interfaces to TSQL that I have used for the last 20 ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on July 22, 2007
  • Geek City: My New Favorite Tool - SQL Internals Viewer

    At least, I think it might become my new favorite tool.  J One of my readers created a tool to graphically display database storage internals, like allocation information, actual page contents, etc. This is just the tool I would have wanted to write if I ever got back to doing any programming. Here's what the author, Danny ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on July 19, 2007
  • Best Practices Analyzer, July 2007, available

    Well, the title pretty much speaks for itself. Get it at
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 9, 2007
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