Year: 2015

Optimize for Ad Hoc Workloads

The Optimize for Ad Hoc Workloads server configuration can improve performance, and is extremely unlikely to negatively impact performance. This was a new feature that was introduced in SQL Server 2008, and as with many new features in SQL Server,

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Jingle Bell Run – My second 5K run.

Today I participated in my second ever 5K race today, the Bellingham Jingle Bell Run. My running partner (Gypsy the black dog in the picture) accompanied me, and might have increased my speed at a couple of points due to

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Database Health Version 2.2 Released Today

Today I have the pleasure of releasing the next version of the Database Health Monitor application. Currently at version 2.2, I have been working on this since 2011, and I have introduced some new features in the latest version. Visit

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Bellingham SQL Server Users Group – Building a Static Data Warehouse Server

Please help spread the word to anyone who may want to attend this free users group meeting and presentation. The November meeting of the Bellingham SQL Server Users Group (PASS Chapter) will be held on Wednesday November 18th at 6:00pm.

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Epic Life Goal Completed: Speaking at PASS Summit – Advanced CTEs

Last week I had the great opportunity to speak at PASS Summit 2015. My presentation was on Common Table Expressions.   Here is the sample code from the presentation. AdvancedCTEs.zip   Related Links: Common Table Expression (CTE) Month at SteveStedman.com (introduction)

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Advanced Common Table Expressions and Recursive Query Technique

Friday morning at 8:00am at PASS Summit 15 in Seattle, I will be presenting my Advanced Common Table Expressions and Recursive Query Technique session. Advanced Common Table Expressions Here is the abstract: You might have been introduced to Common Table Expressions

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Transactions Rolled Back in Database

IF you are browsing your error log and come across an error message stating that “1 transactions rolled forward in database ‘msdb’”, or “X transactions rolled back in database ‘msdb’” you might be a bit alarmed. You might also notice

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PREEMPTIVE_OS_GETPROCADDRESS and xp_create_subdir

Here is a discovery that I made using the Database Health Monitor historic wait monitoring, on a server with slow storage where the backups were being written. If you are seeing excessive waits on the PREEMPTIVE_OS_GETPROCADDRESS wait type and xp_create_subdir is

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Using SQL Server Compressed Backups

The Quick Scan report in Database Health Monitor detects when you are performing SQL Server backups without compression, when the compression option is available. This applies to Full backups, Transaction log backups and Differential backups. Not using compressed backups? Why not?

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Free SQL Server Training Videos

Over the last year, I have published many videos to YouTube with Free SQL Server Training. You can find these on my YouTube Channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/steveStedman   Most of the focus has been around training people for

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