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Light Weight Monitoring using Extended Events

Introduction SQL Server 2008 introduces Extended Events for performance monitoring. SQL Server Extended Events is a general event-handling system for server systems. So  why another event handling system? We already have activity monitor, Perfmon, SQL Profiler, DMVs,. However, Extended Events have several major advantages: 1. Light Weight. This is the primary advantage of  Extended Events. […]

Retrieving Data from an Audit Table

Retrieving data from an audit table. Retrieving information from a history table for a given point in time is a common data task. For example, using a table that contains all historical prices, what where the prices of all products as they were 30 days ago? There are a number of ways to different methods […]

A High Level Comparison Between Oracle and SQL Server – Part IV

Error Log vs. Alert Log SQL Server maintains a running log of its operations. This log includes information about the start-up and recovery events, user actions, backups, configuration changes, invalid login attempts, errors, warnings etc. Every time the SQL service starts up, a new log file is created. This log file is known as the […]

A High Level Comparison Between Oracle and SQL Server – Part III

Start-up and Configuration Parameters When SQL Server is installed, a number of Windows registry keys are also created. These registry keys specify various parameters values required by the instance. For example, one registry key would specify the location of the error log file; another would contain the location of the default backup folder and so […]

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A High Level Comparison Between Oracle and SQL Server – Part II

Database Instance Architecture When an Oracle instance is created, it is nothing but a collection of some structured areas in the server’s memory and some background processes spawned to interact with it. Oracle literature quite extensively describes these memory structures and processes. The area occupied in the memory by a running Oracle instance is called […]

A High Level Comparison Between Oracle and SQL Server

Organisations often employ a number of database platforms in their information system architecture. It is not uncommon to see medium to large sized companies using three to four different RDBMS packages. Consequently the DBAs these companies look for often have to have a broad range of skills across a number of areas. Database professionals who […]

SQL Server 2008 R2 Multi-server Administration – A First Look

One of the most useful new features of SQL 2008 R2 for DBA’s is the ability to manage and administer multiple instances of SQL Server from a central location using the new SQL Server Utility tool. SQL Server Utility provides a unified view of the managed instances of SQL Server providing details such as CPU […]

An overview of Master Data Services – MDS in SQL Server 2008 R2

The key new features of SQL Server 2008 R2 relate to the management of organizations’ master data (Master Data Services – MDS ), administration of multiple servers (SQL Server Utility), and processing large amounts of data (PowerPivot for Excel, formerly known as Project Gemini). One of the main concerns of any organization is the management […]

Upgrading SSIS 2005 packages to SSIS 2008

There are couple of enhancements in SSIS 2008 from its predecessor SSIS 2005. For example, Lookup transformation has been enhanced, development environment for Script Task and Script Component has been changed from VSA to VSTA, name of certain connection providers have changed etc. If you intend to upgrade your SSIS 2005 packages to SSIS 2008, […]
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