Gerald Britton

Discovering SQL server instance information using system views

February 28, 2017 by

Introduction

Out of the box, SQL Server comes with a substantial and – release by release – ever-growing set of system tables, views, stored procedures and functions. There’s a good chance you’ve never directly used more than a handful of them. That’s certainly the case with me!

This is the first article in a series designed to explore this world that lives just below the surface of our everyday interactions with SQL Server through the same objects we create to enable the applications we write and support.

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Vitor Montalvão

How to use the SQL Server Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA) tool

February 24, 2017 by

Introduction

This is my second article about Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA). Please refer to my previous article to see how to download and install DEA.

The Database Experimentation Assistant is the new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades. It enables customers to gather performance insights for upgrades by customers to conduct experiments on production database workloads across two versions of SQL Server.

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Paul Stanton

How to use Windows hosted file shares to support SQL Server containers

February 23, 2017 by

In a previous article, Automate Delivery of SQL Server Production Data Environments Using Containers, we introduced SQL Server containers for delivery of production data environments to development and QA teams. In this article we look at the methods used for working with SQL Server data, and use of file shares to support delivery of production databases with containers.

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Ahmad Yaseen

Saving the Plan Cache storage using the Optimize for Ad hoc Workloads option

February 23, 2017 by

When you run a query in SQL Server, the SQL Server Query Optimizer will draw the road map for that query, specifying the optimal way to execute it, which is called the query execution plan.

Generating the execution plan will take few milliseconds from the CPU cycles, which is negligible for one query or small load, but it will be considerable for a very heavy transactional workload. Because of this, SQL Server caches these generated plans in a special type of memory called the Plan Cache to eliminate the overhead generated by the query plan if the same query is executed again. When you submit your query to the SQL Server Engine, it will search in the plan cache if there is any existing execution plan that can be reused, if an available execution plan is found in the plan cache, the plan will be used to execute that query, otherwise, the SQL Server Query Optimizer will create a new plan and keep it in the plan cache for future use.

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Mustafa EL-Masry

How to analyze Storage Subsystem Performance in SQL Server

February 23, 2017 by

Introduction

To improve performance, it is common for DBAs to search in each aspect except analyzing storage subsystem performance even though in many times, issues are, in fact, caused by poor storage subsystem performance. Therefore, I want to give you some tools and recommendation that you can use it to prevent your storage subsystem from being a performance issue for you.

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Aamir Syed

When to Use Temporary Tables vs. Table Variables

February 21, 2017 by

It is very beneficial to store data in temporary tables rather than manipulate or work with permanent tables. Let’s say you want full DDL or DML access to a table, but don’t have it. You can use your existing read access to pull the data into a temporary table and make adjustments from there. Or you don’t have permissions to create a table in the existing database, you can create a temporary table that you can manipulate. Finally, you might be in a situation where you need the data to be visible only in the current session.

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Monitoring SQL Server Deadlocks – the easy way

February 21, 2017 by

SQL Server is a very powerful tool and wherever I go, I see the tool being way much underutilized. Some people even don’t know about the features which are already in the SQL Server and they have not used it, like SQL Server Extended Events. Though, Extended Events is a way more complex and detailed topic which I cannot cover in just one article I will discuss one of its very good utilities out of the countless.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Top 5 Deprecated Features in Reporting Services 2016

February 17, 2017 by

It’s not often that I write negative articles surrounding SQL Server’s latest release but ever since we upgraded one of our BI boxes to run SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 (SSRS 2016), I have picked up on some frustrations from my team when using the upgraded Report Manager portal due to the unavailability of features that used to exist in versions prior to SSRS 2016. I have since realized that in spite of the many exciting features and improvements introduced in SSRS 2016, there is a downside to this latest version of reporting services that is likely to leave many administrators frustrated.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Server Database Recovery Process Internals – database STARTUP Command

February 14, 2017 by

A database recovery process is an essential requirement for database systems, It can be a tedious job and the process of recovery varies on lot of scenarios. The desire to improve recovery results has resulted in various procedures, but understood by few and prone to errors. In this article, I’ll illustrate the impact of stopping the database instance in the middle of a large transaction that was running and discuss several techniques and tools that are available for faster and successful recovery.

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