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SQL Server Audit Walkthrough

So, you are the Database Administrator in your company and your boss wants you to “have a look” at a SQL Server that you would be managing from now on.  You didn’t know about it before, somebody else had installed it before you came on board, but now your work is to make sure it’s […]

SQL Server Logical Reads – What do they really tell us?

SQL Server trace, the most common tool DBAs use to evaluate query performance, provides the ‘logical reads’ counter on which many DBAs rely for evaluating a query’s I/O performance. In this article, we will examine this counter’s true meaning and provide examples that prove it can sometimes be quite misleading… I am sure you have […]

Physical Join Operators in SQL Server – Hash Operator

In second part of this series on physical join operators we looked at the Merge Operator. In the final part of the series we turn our attention to the Hash operator. For this article series I am using an analogy of two sets of standard playing cards. One set with a blue back and another […]

Physical Join Operators in SQL Server – Merge Operator

In Part I of this series on physical join operators we looked at Nested Loops. We now turn our attention to the Merge operator. For this article series I am using an analogy of two sets of standard playing cards. One set with a blue back and another with a red back that need to […]

Techniques to Monitor SQL Server memory usage

Memory has a dramatic impact on SQL Server Performance. Fortunately, in SQL Server you can either use DMVs, , Extended Events, sp_server_diagnostics system procedure or SQL Profiler to server memory usage and track down root cause of SQL Server memory bottlenecks. In this article, I will provide you high-level overview of these memory-related tools. Dynamic […]

Recovering a SQL Server Database from Suspect Mode

A couple of days back at I got a call from my support team informing me that one of our database located on the Production Server went into Suspect Mode. The version used was SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3. Being a Production Database server, it was a Priority 1 incident and the expected time […]

SQL Server Hardware Optimization

An important concern in optimizing the hardware platform is hardware components that restrict performance, known as bottlenecks. Quite often, the problem isn’t correcting performance bottlenecks as much as it is identifying them in the first place. Start with obtaining a performance baseline. You monitor the server over time so that you can determine Server average […]

Configuring the Maximum Degree of Parallelism

A commonly altered setting is Maximum Degree of Parallelism (MAXDOP), which controls the maximum number of CPUs that can be used in executing a single task. For example, a large query may be broken up into different parts, with each part executing threads on separate CPUs. Such a query is known as a parallel query. […]

Implementing Database Settings Using Policy Based Management

Introduction Database Administrators have always had a tough time to ensuring that all the SQL Servers administered by them are configured according to the policies and standards of organization. Using SQL Server’s  Policy Based Management feature DBAs can now manage one or more instances of SQL Server 2008 and check for policy compliance issues. In […]

Physical Join Operators in SQL Server – Nested Loops

SQL Server implements three different physical operators to perform joins. In this article series we will examine  how each  operators works, its advantages and challenges. We will try to understand the logic behind the optimizer’s decisions on which operator to use for various joins using (semi) real life examples and how to avoid common pitfalls. […]

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