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Database management has never been this easy. The Straight Path team is full of database gurus who can help you speed it up, sort it out or set it up right. And they do it with a pleasant attitude (in a world where unpleasant exchanges are all too common). Fast, flexible and armed with state-of-the-art tools and knowledge, database issues are no match. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Straight Path on behalf of multiple of our clients and they’ve become a key partner of ours. A growing business means a growing system – and a growing need to keep the systems properly optimized. Client satisfaction has increased because problems are solved and workflows are positively impacted. As a result, I am sleeping like a baby knowing our databases are being watched and managed diligently. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

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Building a Consultancy: More Principles

A couple of weeks ago, I started blogging about part of the journey of creating our SQL Server Consulting firm. I may someday work on more posts on the journey from full-time DBA to doing some side work to leaving with an “anchor client” to going off on my own (and my adventures with Linchpin … Read more
How to Setup a Standalone SSRS Server As Part of an Availability Group

How to Setup a Standalone SSRS Server As Part of an Availability Group

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a useful tool that can be installed on a standalone server (a license is required), or it can be installed on an existing SQL Server host (this shares the existing license of SQL Server). This blog post covers how SSRS is installed on a standalone server and how to … Read more
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The Curious Case of THREADPOOL Waits

Featured image photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash A client reached out for help with a performance problem that had been going on for over a day. The application was performing so slowly that it was nearly an outage to their users. I love working on production emergencies where there’s a severe performance problem. I … Read more

How UNsafe Is Your SQL Server? – Vulnerability Assessment and Access Audit

SQL Server is a repository of critical data, attracting potential threats from malicious individuals seeking financial gains. As a SQL Server DBA, it is essential to assess the security vulnerabilities of your SQL Server and perform an access audit to ensure the safety of your data SQL Server Vulnerability Scan I recommend you start with … Read more

How to Enable Transparent Data Encryption for Databases in Your Availability Group

Transparent data encryption is the built-in method for at-rest data encryption in SQL Server. Taking steps towards security has always been important, but it is becoming even more important every day as there is a looming cyber threat industry hungry for easy high-profit data. We should also remember that not all threats are from the … Read more