How to fix the ‘Class not registered (pfutil)’ error in SQL Profiler

Yesterday, on a whim I launched SQL Profiler on my laptop. I had not launched the Profiler client for a long time, especially given its deprecated status. All the more, with the recent introduction of XE Profiler within SSMS 17.3, there is even lesser motivation to use the old standalone Profiler. But still… I launched…

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How to fix SQLIOSim error “Failed to create random hash”

Hi there! If you have been working with SQL Server for any length of time, I am sure you know how crucial I/O is to the overall reliability of your SQL Server instance. Many years ago (over a decade now, actually!) we released SQLIOSim, which has been included in the out-of-box installations for SQL Server…

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SQL Server 2017 Setup: the step ‘sql_inst_mpyConfigAction_upgrade_confignonrc_Cpu64’ seems stuck, or slow? Here’s why!

SQL Server 2017 is one more step further in Microsoft’s philosophy of bringing advanced analytics capabilities closer to where the data resides. With Python now supported as an ‘external script’ language (adding to the existing support for R), customers have the full power of Python at their disposal, including external packages like Tensorflow. Now, what…

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