How To : SQL 2012 Filetable Setup and Usage

One of the cool things about my job is that I get to work on the latest technologies earlier than most people. I recently stumbled upon an issue related to Filetables, a new feature in SQL Server 2012. To start with, a Filetable brings you the ability to view files and documents in SQL Server,…

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Why the registry size can cause problems with your SQL 2012 AlwaysOn/Failover Cluster setup

I recently worked on a very interesting issue, where one of the cluster nodes in an AlwaysOn environment became unstable, and the administrators ended up evicting the node from the Windows cluster as an emergency measure. Ideally, since the primary node/replica was no longer available, the Availability Group should have come up on the secondary…

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SQL Server Cluster Failover Root Cause Analysis–the what, where and how

I know many of you get into situations where SQL Server fails over from one node of a cluster to the other, and you’re hard-pressed to find out why. In this post, I shall seek to answer quite a few questions about how to about conducting a post-mortem analysis for SQL Server cluster failover, aka…

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SQL 2008/2008 R2/2012/2014 setup disappears/fails when installing Setup Support files

I’m sure many of you would have seen this issue when running SQL 2008/2008 R2/2012/2014 setup on a new server. The setup will proceed to install Setup support files, the window will disappear but, strangely enough, the next window never shows up. Here’s what you need to do: Click on start->run and type %temp% and…

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