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Database Health Monitor Version 2.4.1 Released

Just one day after releasing Database Health Monitor version 2.4, today I released version 2.4.1. Version 2.4.1 includes a bug fix and 2 new feature that were added after the release of version 2.4. Feature: Support for SQL Server 2016. Since

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Database Health Monitor Version 2.4 Released

If you haven’t tried Database Health Monitor Version 2.4 might be a good time to try it out. Five and a half years of my development time has gone into Database Health monitor, and hopefully the features will show it. Here

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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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Is enabling xp_cmdshell a security risk?

After listening to a podcast from Carlos L Chacon (twitter) at SQL Data Partners interviewing Sean McCown (twitter) and some lively discussion on xp_cmdshell, I decided it would be a worthy enough discussion to create a blog post. At a

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Database Corruption Webcast – May 3rd

Please join Carlos L Chacon and I for our first Database Corruption webcast on May 3rd. I have teamed up with Carlos and we will be presenting some thoughts on database corruption with an extended Q&A session. Carlos is with SqlDataPartners, and

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DBCC ShrinkDatabase – I want to shrink my database.

TL;DR summary: Don’t do it. Stop reading here if you want, but just don’t do it. This post refers to shrinking your database files (mdf, or ndf files), not shrinking the log file. The log file is a completely different

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GE Centricity EMR Performance Tuning.

I have been doing work with multiple clients using the GE Centricity EMR product which makes extensive use of Microsoft SQL Server. The performance issues that you run into with Centricity are very similar to what I see working with

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SQL Server 2005 End of Life – End of Support Today

Today marks the end of life of SQL Server 2005, originally release in November of 2005, this product has finally come to its end of life point. One of my favorite features that was introduced in SQL Server 2005 was

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Visualizing Log File VLF Sizing

One of my favorite queries this week is the following query that creates a text based bar chart to quickly help visualize the VLF files on any database log file. In the last month I have given the “TempDB Do

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