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  • 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
  • Dev Advice: Make a Tiny Dev Database Act Like a HUGE Prod Database

    Here's an evergreen question. It's a question that never completely goes away. But lately, I've been getting it a few times per week. So I thought it's time to readdress the question, which usually takes some form of the following:I can't really do effective development on my little dev laptop because our production SQL Server database is 15 ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 16, 2012
  • SQL Live Monitor

    I just found this one out there and wanted to share it. It connects to an instance and show you a bunch of figures. Nothing you can't extract yourself with SQL queries, but sometimes it is just nice to have one tool which is very easy to use. Here's what it looks like when connecting to an instance with no load on it: As you can see, there ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on November 19, 2011
  • Simplifying CSV Data Loads

    Data files containing comma separated values, or CSV, are some of the most common data formats used for data representation and storage outside the database.  When it comes to loading CSV data into the database, many options exist, however, few make it as simple as CSVexpress, powered by expressor software.  I recently visited ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 27, 2011
  • Dear SQL Tools Team(s): Stop Starting Over. Seriously.

    I have two little boys at home, and my parents were both teachers. It gives me a strange relationship with our public schools – I am passionate about them, and the quality of education I want for my kids, but I have to keep my distance a little, lest they drive me completely around the bend. One reason it’s so frustrating: among all the complex ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on August 20, 2011
  • ETL Demo With Data from Data.Gov

    A little over a month ago, I wrote an article (Is There Such a Thing as Easy ETL) about expressor software and their desktop ETL application, expressor Studio. I wrote about how it seemed much easier than the native ETL tools in SQL Server when I was reading up on the tool, but that the ''proof would be in the pudding'' so to speak when I ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 5, 2011
  • What I'm Reading, July 22 2011

    I read too much, and that, my friends, is an entirely separate topic for a blog post. But I thought I'd share with you a little more about what I'm reading because sometimes, if I'm lucky, it might be something you'd enjoy too. So I'm going to start sharing what I'm reading at least once per week, partly so that I don't firehose too many ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 21, 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Platforms Blog Watch

    Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster Grab your own poster! A visual guide to key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008R2     Virtually Free Get the latest update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 and be sure to bookmark the Windows Virtualization ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 20, 2011
  • Ola Hallengren's maint procedures now supports logging to table

    This can for instance be very useful if you want to keep track how long time things take, over time. Check them out here.Version history here.
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 15, 2011
  • Is There Such a Thing as Easy ETL?

    E.T.L. That's Extract - Transform - Load. That doesn't sound like a lot of work when all you need to get loaded is a simple Access database or an Excel spreadsheet. In a situation like that, the process is so simple, all you really need to focus on is the L in ETL. There's not a whole lot of E.T. to process, despite how wonderful that movie ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 30, 2011
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