5 SQL Server White Papers Every DBA Should Read

There are countless sources for information on SQL Server available today.  There are books, webcasts, conferences, and blogs.  With all of these sources, it is easy to forget that there are white papers available from Microsoft.  It is important that  we make an effort to read the white papers that are available. The trouble is, … Continue reading 5 SQL Server White Papers Every DBA Should Read

White Paper of Supportability Roadmaps

Last week, a new white paper was released that discusses supportability roadmaps for ISVs.  The white paper is Testing and Developing Supportability Roadmaps for Independent Software Vendor Applications.  What a mouthful… aren’t you glad you aren’t working at an ISV?  Well, even if you aren’t I’d recommend reading this white paper because it applies to … Continue reading White Paper of Supportability Roadmaps

SQL Server Best Practice Whitepapers

If you talk to Sarah (twitter), she’ll tell you that I like lists.  Lists are awesome – they are almost like non-structured data.  They are hierarchies of information that I can work with.  They are Data. Microsoft must have known I liked lists because over the weekend I discovered (see below) their SQL Server Best … Continue reading SQL Server Best Practice Whitepapers

Management Data Warehouse Whitepaper

One of SQL Server 2008 features I’ve been especially thrilled about is the Management Data Warehouse (MDW).  Just recently, Microsoft released a white paper  by Kalen Delany that goes into a bit a depth on MDW and covers some best practices and things to watch out for. Happy reading!

Querying for Parallelism

While working on some parallelism issues today I started using the query that detects whether there are queries currently running utilizing parallelism.  It’s the same query that can be found in the white paper Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005. Which I’ve included below: The information that I like to have on hand is … Continue reading Querying for Parallelism

Troubleshooting Permission Issues with CREDENITIALS

I keep hearing this story and similar variations… ”On a dark and stormy night, I developed a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package.  It worked wonderfully on my desktop development environment.  All the files were properly accessed and the data was processed in a magnificent matter.” ”But suddenly I deployed the SSIS package to production … Continue reading Troubleshooting Permission Issues with CREDENITIALS

Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005

I was working through some performance issues on a "fun" table.  A bit of half a billion rows and with some apparent I/O issues as the entire table is being read by some of the clients services to create an extract.  In working through some of the performance bottlenecks, I found the following white paper … Continue reading Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005