Ahmad Yaseen

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SQL Server audit - New Temporal Table Creation

Performing a SQL Server Audit using System-Versioned Temporal Tables

May 14, 2019 by

In previous articles of this SQL Server Audit series (see the TOC at the bottom), we discussed the main concept and real-life needs for having a SQL Server Audit solution. After that, we went through the different methods that can be used to audit the SQL Server instances and databases. In this article, we will show how to take advantages of the System-versioned Temporal Tables feature to audit database table DML changes.

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SQL Server Audit Specification

Using the SQL Server Audit Feature to Audit Different Actions

April 22, 2019 by

In the previous article of the SQL Server Audit series, SQL Server Audit Feature Components, we discussed the three main components of the SQL Server Audit feature; the SQL Server Audit, the Server Audit Specifications, and the Database Audit Specifications in details. In this article, we will show how to use the SQL Server Audit feature to track, log and review the different operations performed at both the SQL Server and the database levels.

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Create SQL Server Audit

SQL Server Audit Feature Components

April 15, 2019 by

In the previous articles of the SQL Server Audit series (see the TOC at the bottom), we discussed the concept of the SQL Server Audit, why we need an audit solution to track and log the different events performed in our SQL Server instances and databases, and went through the different methods that can be used to audit the SQL Server databases. In this article, we will discuss the SQL Server Audit feature components and how to configure it.

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SQL Server Transaction Log Growth Monitoring and Management

April 1, 2019 by

In the previous articles of this series on the SQL Server Transaction Log, we discussed the importance of the SQL Server Transaction Log and the role that it plays in maintaining the database consistency, by ensuring that the committing transactions data will be preserved and the failed transaction will be rolled back. It also helps to recover the database to a specific point in time in case of system or hardware failure. This is achieved by writing a log record to the SQL transaction log file before writing the data pages to the physical data file, using Write-ahead Logging process.

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SQL Server Always on Failover Cluster topography

SQL Server Transaction Log and High Availability Solutions

March 21, 2019 by

In the previous article of this series on the SQL Server transaction log, we discuss the SQL Server database recovery models, Full, Simple and Bulk-Logged, and the how the recovery model option of the database affects the way the SQL Server Engine works with the transaction logs. In this article, we will discuss the different types of high availability and disaster recovery solutions and the role of the SQL Server transaction log in these technologies.

SQL Server Transaction Log and Recovery Models

February 27, 2019 by

In the previous articles of this series (see TOC at bottom), we discussed the main concept of the SQL Server transaction, the internal architecture of the SQL Server Transaction Log and finally the Virtual Log File and the best practices in managing the VLFs. In this article, we will go through the relationship between the SQL Server Transaction Log and the three database recovery models.

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Auditing by Reading the SQL Server Transaction Log

February 25, 2019 by

In the previous articles of this series, we discussed the reasons behind auditing the different SQL Server instance and database events, how to audit the SQL Server instance manually and using the Extended Events and Triggers methods. In this article, we will show how to audit your SQL Server instance by reading the content of the SQL Transaction Log file of the user database.

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Creating a SQL Server audit using SQL Server Extended Events and Triggers

February 13, 2019 by

This article will provide an overview of manually creating a SQL Server audit using SQL Server Extended events and triggers. It will provide an overview of SQL tracing/profiling as well as extended events. I’ll walk you through how to create a new extended events session and how to use it, in a worked example, to audit failed logins. Finally, we’ll touch on an auditing approach using triggers

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Implementing a manual SQL Server Audit

January 25, 2019 by

A SQL Server audit can be performed using various number of methods. This includes using the built-in SQL Server Audit feature, using third party tools from the SQL Server market or simply perform the audit task using the legacy methods manually. In the previous article of this series, SQL Server audit overview, we discussed the main concept of a SQL Server audit, the importance of auditing the SQL Server instance changes and the SQL server audit checklists. In this article, we will go through the manual procedures for auditing the SQL Server instance.

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SQL Server Audit Overview

January 9, 2019 by

To fill an optimal role in all business’s computerized operations, information technology systems and infrastructure should be guaranteed, well controlled, aligned with the business goals and secured. Technology auditing ensures the evaluation and examination of these business requirements on an organization.

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SQL Server Transaction Overview

January 8, 2019 by

In general, a Transaction is a single unit of work consists of multiple related tasks that should succeed or fail as one atomic unit. To make the concept of the transaction more familiar and why it should go all or none, imagine one of the most critical transaction examples in our daily life, which is withdrawing money from the ATM.

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Saving your SQL Execution Plan

November 28, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series (see the index at bottom), we discussed the characteristics of the SQL Execution Plan from multiple aspects, that include the way the SQL Execution Plan is generated by the SQL Server Query Optimizer internally, what are the different types of plans, how to identify and analyze the different components and operators of the Execution Plans, how to work with the plans using different tools and finally, tuning the performance of simple and complex T-SQL queries using the Execution Plans. In this, the last article of this series, but not the least, we will discuss where the Execution plan is stored and how to save it for future use.

Using the SQL Execution Plan for Query Performance Tuning

November 23, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series (see the index at bottom), we went through many aspects of the SQL Execution Plan, where we discussed how the Execution Plan is generated internally, the different types of plans, the main components and operators and how to read and analyze the plans that are generated using different tools. In this article, we will show how we can use an Execution Plan in tuning the performance of T-SQL queries.

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A new SQL Execution Plan viewer

November 20, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series (see the index at bottom), we discussed many aspects of the SQL Execution Plans, starting with the main concept of SQL Execution Plan generation, diving in the different types of the plans and showing how to analyze the components and operators of the SQL Execution Plans.

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SQL Execution Plan enhancements in SSMS 18.0

November 13, 2018 by

This article will provide an overview of the SSMS 18.0 with particular focus on improvements to the SQL execution plan feature. To work with Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine, you need to have an environment to edit, debug and deploy scripts written in different languages such as T-SQL, DAX, MDX, XML and JSON. In addition, you need a GUI tool that helps you to configure, query, monitor and administrate your SQL Server instances wherever they are hosted; locally at your machine, on a remote Windows or Linux server or in the cloud. All this can be achieved using SQL Server Management Studio aka SSMS.

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SQL Server Execution Plan Operators – Part 4

October 29, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series, we went through three sets of SQL Server Execution Plan operators that you will meet with while working with the different Execution Plan queries. We described the Table Scan, Clustered Index Scan, Clustered Index Seek, the Non-Clustered Index Seek, RID Lookup, Key Lookup, Sort, Aggregate – Stream Aggregate, Compute Scalar, Concatenation, Assert, Hash Match Join, Hash Match Aggregate , Merge Join and Nested Loops Join Execution Plan operators. In this article, we will dive in the fourth set of these SQL Server Execution Plan operators.

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SQL Server Execution Plan Operators – Part 3

October 29, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series, we discussed a group of SQL Server Execution Plan operators that you will face when studying the SQL Execution Plan of different queries. We showed the Table Scan, Clustered Index Scan, Clustered Index Seek, the Non-Clustered Index Seek, RID Lookup, Key Lookup and Sort Execution Plan operators. In this article, we will discuss the third set of these SQL Execution Plan operators.

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SQL Server Execution Plan Operators – Part 2

October 26, 2018 by

In the previous article, we talked about the first set of operators you may encounter when working with SQL Server Execution Plans. We described the Non Clustered Index, Seek Execution Plan operators, Table Scan, Clustered Index Scan, and the Clustered Index Seek. In this article, we will discuss the second set of these SQL Server execution plan operators.

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SQL Server Execution Plan Operators – Part 1

September 12, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series, SQL Server Execution Plans overview , SQL Server Execution Plans types and How to Analyze SQL Execution Plan Graphical Components, we discussed the steps that are performed by the SQL Server Relational Engine to generate the Execution Plan of a submitted query and the steps performed by the SQL Server Storage Engine to retrieve the requested data or perform the requested modification operation.

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