Dinesh Asanka

Dinesh Asanka

SQL Server auditing with Server and Database audit specifications

November 20, 2017 by

Auditing is a key feature in any application or any system as it provides end users with better analysis for administrators. Apart from analysis, auditing can be used as a troubleshooting mechanism too. Apart from organizational reasons, there are compliance reasons for enabling auditing depending on the domain of operation.

Auditing is mainly about answering four questions, i.e. who, when, what and where. However, depending on the situation, it might be decided what questions of the mentioned four should be answered.

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Point in Time Recovery with SQL Server

December 19, 2016 by


How often are you working with multiple environments? For example, if you are a database administrator who is responsible for a production environment as well as another environment, it most likely that you will be working with both environments simultaneously. What is the probability that you will execute a script on production, which actually needs to be executed on the other environment? I would say it is high. To prove this point let me present you an example.

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How to Avoid CXPACKETs?

November 25, 2015 by

CXPACKET is one of the famous wait types that database administrators are experiencing. Before moving into the details of the CXPACKET wait type, first, let us discuss the waits in SQL Server in brief.

SQL Server is a mini operating system. When SQL Server is executing any task and if for any reason it has to wait for resources to execute the task, it will wait in a list until it gets the relevant resources. This list is called the Waiter list or suspended list. This is not a queue as whenever that task is ready with required resources it will move to the runnable queue which means that it is ready to execute whenever the processor is free to execute. Depending on the type of wait, there are more than 200 wait types. CXPACKET, WRITELOG, ASYNC_NETWORK_IO are the most common wait types. This is a very brief discussion about waits. For any case where this is not clear, it will be better to get more details from other sources as this article is not intended to discuss waits in detail.

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