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Solving SQL Server Issues: The Easy Pickings

There are several issues that can affect the health and stability of your SQL Server performance. Most can be easily resolved without an extreme technical intervention.

Andy McDermid | October 2, 2014

SQL Profiler vs. Extended Events: Time to Switch?

Many people working with enterprise technologies live by rule, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Andy McDermid | September 23, 2014

Managing A Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance.

Andy McDermid | September 17, 2014

Choosing the Right Health Check

For some businesses, conducting a Health Check can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and the results, well, frustrating.

Andy McDermid | August 11, 2014

Who is afraid of the Data Collector? (Part 2)

In a previous blog post we talked about what scares me most. Sharks and avalanches. While they may terrify me, they are still pretty cool…

Andy McDermid | June 25, 2014

Who is afraid of the Data Collector? (Part 1)

What is scary to you? For me, top of the list, it’s avalanches and sharks. And I am afraid of the Data Collector. Yup… a little-bit. And also the Management Data Warehouse.

Andy McDermid | June 23, 2014

Standards for SQL Server Configuration and Maintenance

Standardization of common SQL Server maintenance tasks is a crucial aspect of efficient management of a MS SQL environment.

Andy McDermid | May 5, 2014

Hekaton Helps Build Faster Databases In 3 Ways (Part 3)

One nifty thing about Hekaton in SQL2014 is its seamless integration into the existing SQL Server product.

Andy McDermid | March 19, 2014

Hekaton Helps Build Faster Databases In 3 Ways (Part 2)

Think back to a time before Google, Wikipedia, and the internet -a time even before computers- and imagine a library.

Andy McDermid | January 21, 2014