Let’s talk SQL Server to kick off the PASS Facebook Live series

I’ve had such a long, great history with the PASS Summit, Community, and all the great people that have run this organization. I owe a great debt to this community to help me build a brand and reputation for my passion and talks on SQL Server. Social Media was never really part of the equation…


SQL Server Management Studio Provides–“XE Profiler”

Bob Ward and I worked with our SQL Server Tool developers (thanks David) to enable ‘Quick XE Trace’ capabilities. The feature is available in the latest SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) release. Despite the deprecation of SQL Profiler several years ago, as well as various documents and blogs pointing out the older trace facilities shortcomings…

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SQL Server Linux: Distributed transactions requiring the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator service are not supported on SQL Server running on Linux. SQL Server to SQL Server distributed transactions are supported. – CLARIFIED!!!

  The Linux release notes (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/linux/sql-server-linux-release-notes) indicate support for a SQL Server to SQL Server distributed transaction type. The release notes state: Distributed transactions requiring the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator service are not supported on SQL Server running on Linux. SQL Server to SQL Server distributed transactions are supported. What they should state: Distributed transactions…

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Experience SQL Server 2017: Start your journey here

Updated Content! Please check out these new resources for SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server on Linux and Docker: Brk2045 upgrade sql server 2017 (on prem, iaa-s and paas) from Bob Ward Brk2051 sql server on linux and docker from Bob Ward With the 2017 PASS Summit approaching next week, I thought it would be…


Experience SQL Server 2017: The Fast and the Furious

Please check out a new blog post I created detailing how SQL Server 2017 is Fast, Built-In. Faster than you think running on Linux, using Columnstore, and with right features and configuration. How we keep you fast and tuned with Adaptive Query Processing and Automatic Tuning. And we are the fastest database everywhere you need…


SQL Server 2017 generally available on October 2nd…

Scott Guthrie and Rohan Kumar officially made the announcement today at Ignite that SQL Server 2017 will be generally available on October 2nd, 2017. Check out ScottGu’s blog post at: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-azure-advancements-remove-cloud-barriers-for-enterprises-at-ignite-2017 Rohan’s Blog post at: Microsoft for the Modern Data Estate Andrew Brust also wrote a very nice article detailing out all the great new features…


How It Works: SQL Server Deadlock Trace Flag 1222 Output

  The trace flag 1222 can be very powerful and helpful in tracking down the cause of a deadlock when used correctly. This week I was tracking down a blocking situation, which I expected the lock monitor to resolve as a deadlock.   The test in question is designed to cause large amounts of deadlocks in…

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SQL Server Mysteries: The Case of the Not 100% RESTORE…

I recently visited a customer onsite and presented to them topics on SQL Server 2016. After the talk, I opened up the floor for the audience to ask me questions. One question I got went like this “I’ve tried to restore a database on SQL Server using the WITH STATS option. When I run the…


SQL Server Mysteries: The Case of the Not 100% RESTORE…

I recently visited a customer onsite and presented to them topics on SQL Server 2016. After the talk, I opened up the floor for the audience to ask me questions. One question I got went like this “I’ve tried to restore a database on SQL Server using the WITH STATS option. When I run the…