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SQL Server HA/DR Webinar

On Tuesday, 12/13/22, we presented a webinar about HA/DR (high availability and disaster recovery). Join Team Straight Path as we discuss what HA is, what DR is, and how they are different. We talked about the ways to achieve HA and DR. We’ll talk about the things we’ve learned about HA and DR along the … Read more

Data Migration Assistant

It’s upgrade season. Here at Straight Path, we have more than a couple of clients in the process of upgrading their SQL Environments to a more modern version. With the support door slamming shut soon for SQL 2008 (waaaay overdue), and others on 2012 (really not in a much better position – support wise) clients … Read more

How to Save Money on SQL Server Licensing by Upgrading

If you have SQL Server instances that are out of support, which is any version prior to SQL Server 2014, then I’m sure you have your reasons for not upgrading to a newer version. Let’s take a quick look at those reasons and then examine one reason you might not have considered. My hope is … Read more

SQL Server Migration Considerations from a Jr. DBA

SQL Server migrations are a necessary and expected part of keeping a modern SQL Server deployment. We have worked with many clients on migration projects, and I have organized some considerations for you and your team before, during, and after your SQL Server migration. We recommend working with a SQL server DBA on these kinds … Read more

PASS Prayers – The 12th?

It’s time again for the PASS (data community) Summit again! In fact, true to form – I am typing this from the lounge at the airport while I wait for my delayed plane to bring me to Seattle. What follows after the short announcement is a paste from last time (2019 – obviously, this gathering … Read more

SQL Server Health Check Worst Offenders

After performing hundreds of SQL Server Health Checks over the years, we wanted to share the most common repeat offenders we find time and again. These are: 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 … Read more
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Parameter Sniffing – Alerting in SQL Server Using Automatic Tuning

IMPORTANT NOTE: This requires SQL Server 2017 or newer, Query Store and Enterprise/Developer edition. In SQL Server 2016, we were given the Query Store feature, and all the perf tuners rejoiced. Finally we had a great tool to help us with SQL Server parameter sniffing issues. These days, any time I work on a parameter … Read more

A Simple SQL Server Security Checklist

This month I am providing a 12-point checklist of scripts to check your SQL server’s current security posture. Use these scripts to get an idea of where you are, so that you can make plans for the places you may want to go. The paradigms of least privilege and defense in depth are important to … Read more

Security, Ransomware, and the DBA

I hope you joined us for our monthly webinar and team discussion about SQL Server Health Checks in June! Our web guy should have the recording for that and some other posts from it soon. Check it out! This month – on Thursday, 7/21/2022, we’ll be discussing Security and Ransomware. Why are we talking about … Read more

A Simple SQL Server Health Checklist

Being part of a consulting team has given me experience with many environments, and part of the work I do every week is to check for the various best practices and monitor server health across over 20 environments. This post condenses the tools that can help and the configurations that are most likely to cause … Read more

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