PASS BAC PREVIEW SERIES: SQL Professionals and the World of Self-service BI and Big Data

Are you excited about the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference? You should be! This conference will offer a wide range of sessions about Microsoft’s End to End Business Intelligence (including Self-Service BI), Analytics, Big Data, Architecture, Reporting, Information Delivery, Data Management, and Visualization solutions. Whether you are an implementer, a planner, or a decision maker…

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Taming the Tempdb Tempest – WI SQL Server Virtual User Group, 22 Apr 2011

Thanks to the Wisconsin Virtual SQL Server User Group for letting me talk about tempdb today! The slides and demo queries are attached. Once the recording is available I will update this blog with a link to it. Taming the Tempdb Tempest Summary: ·         Multiple data files of the same size, one log file ·        …

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New Releases – SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA)

We have shipped some updates to our migration tool – the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). It is now easier than ever to migrate to SQL Server 2005, 2008, and/or 2008 R2 from Access, Oracle, Sybase, and MySQL. You can even use SSMA to migrate from Access or MySQL to SQL Azure.   Customers and…

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Memory Trimming: A significant part of sql server process memory has been paged out.

I have written about this topic before (in my old SQLCommunity blog) but I still see lots of questions about it. So here is a simplified explanation of this memory trimming issue that is common with SQL Server on Windows 2003. On Windows 2003 you may occasionally see memory trimming messages in your SQL Server…

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CTP of SP2 for SQL Server 2008 is now available

SQL Server 2008 will soon have a new service pack – SP2. SQL Server service packs go through a CTP (aka beta) cycle prior to release. The CTP of SP2 is now available for you to download and test. This is only the pre-release version, so only use it for testing.   ·         SQL Server…

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Windows storport enhancement to help troubleshoot IO issues

For Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 you can download a Windows storport enhancement (packaged as a hotfix). This enhancement can lead to faster root cause analysis for slow IO issues. Once you apply this Windows hotfix you can use Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) via perfmon or xperf to capture more detailed IO information…

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DBCC CHECKDB / Database Integrity

It is very important to understand DBCC CHECKDB. Make sure you run DBCC CHECKDB periodically and that if you do find some sort of corruption you address it immediately – both the current problem in the SQL Server database and the underlying problem that caused it.   ·         How often should we run CHECKDB? o  …

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SQL Server lifecycle and the compatibility level settings

I’ve had several people ask how the compatibility mode/level fits in with the SQL Server lifecycle. For example, the question might be: once we no longer support SQL Server 2000, does that mean we don’t support databases restored/attached to later versions of SQL and still set to 80 compatibility mode for example? The answer is…

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New SQL Server Setup Portal is Live!

There’s a new setup portal to help you out with any SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 setup issues. You can search for setup content, get downloads, watch videos and more. Learn how to slipstream (new in SQL 2008 SP1) or sysprep (new in R2). Check it out and let us know what…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 is has released!

It’s here! SQL Server 2008 R2 is available and faster than ever! SQL Server 2008 R2 has five published TPC-E benchmark results. It holds the top four performance results and the best price/performance result. The testing used up to 96 cores. Did you catch that coolness? We can now use more than 64 cores! More details…

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