STATS_DATE() Doesn’t Indicate The Validity of Statistics

From time to time, you might have caught yourself in a conversation similar to the following: Fred: Hey folks, we have a query that isn’t working right anymore? Wilma: I wonder if there’s a problem with the statistics.  Maybe they are out of date. Barney: I checked the statistics with STATS_DATE() and they are really … Continue reading STATS_DATE() Doesn’t Indicate The Validity of Statistics

T-SQL Tuesday #025 – Share Your Tricks #TSQL2sDay

Another month and it’s another T-SQL Tuesday.  This month we are being hosted by Allen White (Blog | @SQLRunr) and the topic is to Share Your Tricks. One of my favorite things to do in SQL Server is to run queries against the plan cache.  Within there, you have the ability to see what SQL … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday #025 – Share Your Tricks #TSQL2sDay

SSWUG SSIS Expo Event This Friday

If you are looking for a little training on SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) without having to leave the comforts of your cubicle – this is your week.  This Friday (11/19/2011), SSWUG will be hosting an expo titled “Building and Developing with SQL Server Integration Services”. The event will consist of four sessions that will … Continue reading SSWUG SSIS Expo Event This Friday

Can You Dig It? – Researching Index Scans

Follow the rest of this series at the Can You Dig It? - Plan Cache series introduction post. It’s been a while since the last plan cache series post.   In the last few posts, I was focusing on specific attributes.  Instead of continuing on that vein, I want to cover a use case that fit … Continue reading Can You Dig It? – Researching Index Scans

Pain of the Week: Understanding Your Indexes

Want to take a few minutes out of your day on to learn a bit more about indexes?  On Thursday, I’ll be presenting at Quest’s Pain of the Week webcast.  The session will be Understanding Your Indexes: Operational Stats. There's a lot that goes on under the covers of SQL Server with your indexes. But … Continue reading Pain of the Week: Understanding Your Indexes

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Tomorrow

Tomorrow is time for part two of my presentations this month on Extended Events for the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter.  If you missed the first part of this series, you can watch it before hand here. Below are the details on the event and the session description… Extended Events, Work Smarter Not Harder – Part … Continue reading PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Tomorrow