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  • Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server. (Now with Prizes for Participation!)

    The first big mistake I made as a DBA was coming to work with my zipper wide open. But I digress.Hear one of my most popular session via streaming media at SQLSentry.TV!Microsoft SQL Server is easier to administrate than any other relational database on the market.  But “easier than everyone else” doesn’t mean it’s easy.  And it doesn’t ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 9, 2014
  • Updated File & Wait Statistics Procedures

              For many years I have been using a set of stored procedures to capture and report on both the file and wait statistics inside of SQL Server and I just recently did some minor modifications that I want others to be aware of. Since many of you have received copies of the past revisions ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on February 13, 2014
  • One Preparation that makes SSMS Crash Dumps Easy to Survive

     Uh oh!So you're plugging along in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) when it suddenly goes belly up. Now you're staring at various dialog boxes telling you that SSMS crashed. Usually the first dialog box you get will ask you if you'd like to close OR the program. If you choose to close the program, you'll be presented with the opportunity ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 10, 2014
  • Wait Statistics in Microsoft SQL Server

     (Originally appearing at http://kevinekline.com/2013/10/09/wait-statistics-in-sql-server/).When it comes to troubleshooting in relational databases, there's no better place to start than wait statistics.  In a nutshell, a wait statistic is an internal counter that tells you how long the database spent waiting for a particular ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 9, 2013
  • Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

    Let's talk about database application benchmarking.This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade. In this article published in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine, I'll give you a brief introduction to TPC benchmarks and, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 22, 2013
  • Learn More About SQL Server IO and Query Tuning in These Webcasts

    I'm doing two new webcasts next week on Wednesday, December 19th, one in the morning and the other after lunch.   SSDs are a Game Changer for SQL Server Storage No, session is not exclusively about SSDs.  But this is my first session on IO and storage tuning that emphasizes SSDs over hard disks.  As Bob Dylan said ''Times, they ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 14, 2012
  • Quick Tip - Speed a Slow Restore from the Transaction Log

    Here's a quick tip for you:During some restore operations on Microsoft SQL Server, the transaction log redo step might be taking an unusually long time.  Depending somewhat on the version and edition of SQL Server you've installed, you may be able to increase performance by tinkering with the readahead performance for the redo operations. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 14, 2012
  • The Zombie PerfMon Counter That Never Dies! Quick Tip

    The PerfMon Counters That Just Won't DieOne of the things that's simultaneously great and horrible about the Internet is that once something gets posted out in the ether, it basically never goes away.  (Some day, politicians will realize this.  We can easily fact check their consistency).  Because of longevity of content posted to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 8, 2012
  • Two New Slide Decks. Plus, the Week in Colorado.

    I had the honor of traveling the great state of Colorado last week, speaking at the PASS chapters in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver.  At all three events, we had a stellar attendance and, at least in Denver, broke all the records in recent memory both in terms of overall attendance and in first-timers. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 20, 2012
  • New White Paper: SQL Server Extended Events and Notifications

    SQL Server comes with a wide array of tools for monitoring your environment. There are logs and traces that provide information when errors occur, but these are often used passively to react to events that have already occurred.  There's PerfMon, and Profiler, and loads of Dynamic Management Views to check.  But where to look? As ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 25, 2012
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