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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
  • Does your 3:rd party backup software ruin your SQL Server backup plan?

    Sounds scary, huh? And it surely can be! Here’s an example of one such case: A client of mine had implemented a 3:rd party backup solution in their VM Ware environment. This shouldn't affect the SQL Server backups. Or that was the plan. I won’t mention what backup software this is, since I’m sure that there are other software also doing ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on April 8, 2014
  • Unexpected SPID change

    A few time ago I had the opportunity to investigate about an unexpected SPID (Session Process ID) change. The inquiry began when a customer of ours starts to complain for locks, and lock time out error. These locks sometime were more frequent and sometimes not. To investigate about this issue, I have taken two SQL Profiler trace files ...
    Posted to Sergio Govoni (Weblog) by Sergio Govoni on April 3, 2014
  • Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

    From Red-Gate website you can download (for free) the ebook Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views written by Louis Davidson (@drsql) and Tim Ford (@sqlagentman). DMVs are objects that publish information about the health state of a SQL Server instance. They allow you to monitor the heart of the system to diagnose ...
    Posted to Sergio Govoni (Weblog) by Sergio Govoni on March 14, 2014
  • Troubleshooting Clusters

    The session Troubleshooting Clusters by Allan Hirt (@SQLHA) has been published on channel SQLPASS TV. Abstract Whether you are new to clusters or have years of experience, you may still cross your fingers when implementing a failover cluster instance (FCI) of SQL Server or an availability group (AG). Both require an underlying Windows Server ...
    Posted to Sergio Govoni (Weblog) by Sergio Govoni on February 23, 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
  • Hey Amsterdam and Stockholm: Just Say No to Guessing About Performance!

    Have SQL Server performance problems? What are you going to look at? Can you quickly isolate the root cause? Or do you ever find yourself stuck, not sure of what to do next? That's what the No More Guessing seminar is all about. This seminar teaches you to use:Baselining: An analytical methodology based on statistical analysis and evidence ...
    Posted to Adam Machanic (Weblog) by Adam Machanic on September 20, 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
  • Recap - SQL Saturday 151 in Orlando

    It's always a feel-good experience for me to return to SQL Saturday in Orlando, the place where SQL Saturdays  were started by Andy Warren (Twitter | Blog).  On this trip, I delivered a full-day, pre-conference seminar on Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning SQL Server.  I also delivered a session on SQL Server ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 2, 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
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