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Aug 29

Backup and Restore Databases with CHECKSUM and VERIFYONLY

By Lori Brown | Backup and Restore , SQL Administration , SQL Maintenance , SQL Server

I found out that I have been missing something from our regular database backups that I had no idea that I should have been using all along.  I know about verifying your backup file and have incorporated into our standard maintenance routines one that will periodically test backups by restoring using VERIFYONLY.  However, I totally […]

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Mar 07

Should I Replace My FOR XML PATH String Merges with String_agg?

By Jeffry Schwartz | Function , Performance Tuning , Query Tuning , SQL Development , SQL Server

If you are looking for major performance gains, the answer is no.  However, if you are using SQL Server 2017 and developing new code, you should consider using the new String_agg function that is available on SQL Server 2017 because code that uses this function is so much more readable and easier to write and […]

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Aug 09

AlwaysOn – Create a Basic Availability Group

By Ginger Daniel | Always On , SQL 2016 , SQL 2017 , SQL Administration , SQL Server

AlwaysOn Basic Availability Groups (BAGs) are available with SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Standard edition.  The functionality is generally the same as database mirroring (which has been deprecated).  This feature replicates transactions to a database on a secondary server, and is useful for disaster recovery should something happen to the primary server. If you have […]

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Nov 16

Rx for Demystifying Index Tuning Decisions – Part 4

By Jeffry Schwartz | Missing Indexes , Performance Tuning , Query Tuning , SQL Administration , SQL Server

Review In Parts 1 through 3 of this blog series the author discussed various aspects of SQL Server indices such as: Types of indices and their variations, e.g., clustered, nonclustered, filtered, and covering Physical versus logical index access methods, e.g., seeks, scans, key/RID lookups, singleton lookups, and range scans Why index tuning should begin with […]

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Nov 09

Rx for Demystifying Index Tuning Decisions – Part 3

By Jeffry Schwartz | Installation , Missing Indexes , Performance Tuning , Query Tuning , SQL Development , SQL Server

Review In Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series the author discussed various aspects of SQL Server indices such as: Types of indices and their variations, e.g., clustered, nonclustered, filtered, and covering Physical versus logical index access methods, e.g., seeks, scans, key/RID lookups, singleton lookups, and range scans Why index tuning should begin with […]

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