On Saturday September 22nd I will be speaking at SQL Saturday San Diego presenting on 2 fun topics:
- Database Corruption! Preventing Disaster to your Database
- Environmental SQL Server Troubleshooting
Read on about my presentations…
SQL Memes! I have put together a bunch of SQL Server, database related, general technology, and office memes. Some you may find funny and others perhaps not. That’s cool. You can post your own or comment here and I can evolve this over time.
Today I want to talk about some of the language settings in SQL Server and the impact they have. Read on to see about setting up a default language in SQL Server, setting language for a scoped session, and differences between SQL Server and Windows Server settings.
Every SQL Server instance relies heavily on tempdb to function. Because of this it is important to properly setup and configure tempdb. If you work on a system with a sub optimal tempdb setup then you may have to move files. Read on to see a technique for getting this job done.
Today I want to show off a quick trick I learned many years ago that is useful to this day.
The Scenario: you have a spreadsheet, CSV file, or some other delimited flat file and need to load that into a database. There are many options to load data into SQL Server; however, a quick method I am fond of is to use Microsoft Excel and manipulate the data to craft insert statements then paste into SSMS and execute.
Read on to see how to parse and load a CSV flat file, character delimited flat file, and columnar text.
In my previous post, SQL Server Database Corruption! Understanding and Diagnosing, we talked about database corruption. We discussed what it was so we could better understand the threat we face. Then we learned how to diagnose database corruption. Today we are going to talk about remediating and preventing database corruption.
If you haven’t already read the previous post please read it first.
Of all the things that can ruin your day as a DBA and possibly get you fired, database corruption ranks right up there with backups and security enforcement of the database. Database corruption can be a resume generating event! A corrupt database can affect system stability, lead to unnecessary downtime, and possibly the loss of some data. To manage the risk you must know what database corruption is, how to diagnose, how to fix, and how to prevent.
Read on to learn how to understand and diagnose database corruption.
UPDATE: Part 2 on Fixing Database Corruption
On Saturday June 9th I’ll be speaking at SQL Saturday Houston. I am excited to be presenting a lively and practical session about Environmental SQL Server Troubleshooting.
When called in to diagnose a performance issue what are the 1st things you review? Many DBAs and developers make the mistake of diving straight into the code looking for an answer. However, often times the solution is not in the code but rather in the overall environment.
Environmental troubleshooting is often a quick and overlooked method for discovering and configuring SQL Server to perform at a higher level without the need for application change controls.
In this session we will discuss both performance pitfalls and optimizations that can be made to the system outside of code changes. We will diagnose configurations commonly misapplied and review best practices in SQL Server, Windows Server, and VMware!
If you want a preview of the talk and some supplemental info please look at these: