SQL Server Blog

Free Training – New England Area

Adam Mechanic over on his blog has announced a code camp offered by Microsoft, and the New England and New Hampshire SQL Server User Groups. Looks like a great time of learning and the price is right

Don’t Touch that SQL ServerShrink Database Button!

Updated [2016] This post continues to be a popular destination for searches like “How do I shrink a database?”  I made some copy edits. I also wanted to reiterate a default position: It isn’t usually a good idea to shrink your SQL Server database. There are exceptions, but they are exceptions. This post is part 1 in a series … Read more

Good information on upgrade to 2008

The SQL Server Customer Advisory Team has a great blog and they have a good article here about upgrading to 2008. Lot of reasons to upgrade to 2008 (especially if you are on SQL Server 2000 or earlier). Check it out; http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlcat/archive/2008/12/08/ultimate-guide-to-upgrading-to-sql-server-2008.aspx

Good use for WITH RECOMPILE

Haven’t looked into all of the details underneath but at the surface probably a good reminder of where WITH RECOMPILE can be helpful… Using SQL Server Reporting Services, a workaround was used (this is the part I want to look into more) to basically get a blank report showing when a user first links to … Read more

Rolling Back (or is it??)

Interesting Issue Today/Yesterday – A query was using a linked server to grab data from DB2 via an ODBC connection. Normal execution time is about 15 minutes. This had run on for at least 7 hours when it was decided to kill it, appeared to be doing nothing but causing blocks (due to Intent Shared … Read more

Troubleshooting Methodology

What is a troubleshooting methodology? A lot of the technical problems I encounter with clients or in various roles are not really the fault of the technology at hand. They are either the result of rushed work, apathetic work or botched troubleshooting. Before talking about what troubleshooting is, let’s talk about what it is not. … Read more

First Entry

Hello,  This is the first post on the new site. I am hoping to make this blog a useful one. I hope to post here regularly and am promising myself I will only post something if it meets some of the following criteria: It is something I spent time researching/investigating to discover the tidbit I … Read more

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