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10 Free SQL Server Resources We Love

Featured image photo by Susan Holt Simpson on Unsplash Everybody loves freebies, and the SQL Server community is full of them. Free scripts, stored procedures, blog posts, books, and helpful advice from some of the smartest minds are all available to you right now. So whether you’re just starting your career as a Database Administrator … Read more
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SQLwatch.io as a Free Monitoring Tool for Your SQL Servers: A Jr. DBA Review

I have been working for Straight Path for a while, and I have grown comfortable with the monitoring tools we use and what we look for on a daily basis. I thought I would branch during our second “Community Tools Month” and try out SQLWatch since it is a free community tool designed to help … Read more

5 common Problems to Troubleshoot with sp_WhoIsActive in SQL Server

If there were a Mount Rushmore of SQL Server community tools, Adam Machanic would have to be one of the four faces. You may not know his name, but you more than likely know the free troubleshooting tool he created over a decade ago: sp_WhoIsActive. Fix your performance problems, fix your blocking, fix a bunch. … Read more
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SQL Server Maintenance With Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution.

Perspective from a Junior DBA. Welcome to our month of community tool blog posts! We will discuss some of our favorite and most used tools and how we use them in the coming weeks. Our first post is on Ola Hallengren’s SQL Server maintenance solution. For some, this will be old news; this will be … Read more
6 Common Mistakes Made With SQL Server Backups

6 Common Mistakes Made With SQL Server Backups

People are always saying things about the importance of data, like how it is the lifeblood of a business. It sounds cliché, but there’s a lot of truth to that. You and I can’t survive without any blood, and there’s a good chance your business wouldn’t exist for long if they suddenly lost all their … Read more
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SQL Server Upgrade/Migration Webinar

This month’s webinar is all about SQL Server upgrades and migration. We cover the following topics: This topic is part of our monthly SQL Server webinar series. Webinar registrants get access to the entire recording, which includes the office hours Q&A. If you would like to be notified about upcoming webinars, be sure to subscribe … Read more
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High Availability and Disaster Recovery With SQL Server Standard Edition

There are many ways to setup High Availability and Disaster Recovery, most of which are focused on SQL Server Enterprise edition.  However, the licensing for Enterprise edition gets costly fast.  One less talked about approach to building a cost-effective HA/DR solution is building a failover cluster instance using SQL Server Standard with SIOS Datakeeper. SQL … Read more

Books and Covers…

Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. Longfellow, Hyperion (1839) This post has been rattling around in my head for several years. Of late, though, the rattling has turned into a steady vibration. The day before I … Read more

HA/DR Troubleshooting from a Jr. DBA

Availability groups, Failover Clusters, Log Shipping, and more. These are tools we use to ensure that the data is highly available and disaster recoverable. This post will be the general walkthrough for how to determine what may be going wrong with your HA/DR solution, as well as some general tips and tricks from what we … Read more
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6 Common Pitfalls of SQL Server Migrations and Upgrades

If you’ve ever tried migrating a SQL Server database from one server to another, you know it can be a white-knuckle ride from start to finish. You need to wait forever while you backup and restore, change all your connection strings to point to the new server, and forget to change the data sources for … Read more

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