Building a SQL Restore Script When Your Backup Runs

It is handy to have a SQL Restore script ready to go for every backup that you run.  Here is a script that will help with that.  

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Determining how much of your data file has been modified

SQL Server 2017 introduces a new column in the sys.dm_db_file_space_usage system table. The column is modified_extent_page_count, which tells how many pages have been modified in your data file since the last full backup. What is really interesting about this is that with

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My CheckDB Script

From time to time I get asked about checkDB, and there are many solutions out there, but I have one that I generally use that is very simple and does the job. The script below created a stored procedure in

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TempDB – Do This and Don’t Do That

Today I had the opportunity to present on TempDB to the Spokane SQL Server users group (PASS Chapter). The session was titled TempDB – Do This and Don’t Do That”, and it covers a bunch of tips and best practices around

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Visualizing VLF’s – Updated

A while back a wrote a blog post with a query to Visualize the VLF’s in your database. Today I have an update to that script. Here is an updated script that has adds another column called “TextStatus” to the

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Updating SQL Server Statistics

Updating SQL Server statistics may not be as obvious as it may sound. Imagine this scenario. I invite you over for dinner and a game of Scrabble. After dinner, I start to do the dishes, while you set up the

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TempDB – Do This and Don’t Do That

Today I am presenting my “TempDB – Do This and Don’t Do That” session at SQL Saturday Redmond. Here is the download of the presentation and samples. StedmanTempDbPresentation.zip   Some of the sample code from the session:   I hope

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Status of DBCC CheckDB

So you are checking your database with DBCC CheckDB and of course if you are like me you use the WITH NO_INFOMSGS parameter. But it turns out that CheckDB is taking longer to run that you expected, and you want

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Week 4 – Building the Corrupt Database

The following are the steps that I went through to create a more difficult Database Corruption Challenge for Week 4. Here is how I built the database, nothing fancy, however I did add an extra FILEGROUP called [UserObjects]. Notice, that

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Using The TSQL EOMONTH Function

Here is a quick video training on how to use the T-SQL EOMONTH function on SQL Server. This was originally part of my free SQL query training for the 70-461 certification exam. The EOMONTH function returns the last day of a given

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