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Understanding SQL Server Change Data Capture

DBA’s often encounter a requirement to audit DML activity such as INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE operations executed against a particular table or a group of tables in a particular database. Change Data Capture (first introduced in SQL Server 2008 R2) can greatly assist this function. Only members of sysadmin fixed server role can enable the Change Data Capture […]

SQL Server Performance Tuning – Index Tuning

In earlier installments of this series we looked at T-SQL Performance optimizations along with different T-SQL practices, we can now turn our attention to the second part of this series which is index Tuning In looking into Views we will break the article into two sections : Basic Index Tuning using DTA (Database Tuning Advisor) […]

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 […]

VARCHAR (MAX), NVARCHAR (MAX) and NTEXT Data Types

Despite NTEXT and TEXT being deprecated in SQL Server for some time they are still both used in production systems. In this article, I will briefly demonstrate the difference between a VARCHAR (MAX), NVARCHAR (MAX) and the NTEXT data types, and the impact on performance from using NTEXT/TEXT. Let’s create a table named Student using […]

SQL Server T-SQL Tuning – NOT IN and NOT Exists

Following on from the previous TSQL performance tuning article in this series, we now focus on the important topic of T-SQL “Not IN” And “Not Exists “ Not in and Not Exists commands : In some circumstances we will need to select/update/delete orphan data – that is data does not exists in the major table […]

Generalizing Charts in Reporting Services

I recently had to create a chart in SSRS which nneded to be have some generalized settings – in this case the X-axis of the chart needed to be adjusted as per the supplied parameters. The X-axis can be any type of values : Category values, Year or Month values. I have a tablix in […]

SQL Server T-SQL Tuning -TVF and Scalar Functions

In the first of this series we looked at TSQL tuning for temp tables, table variables and the Union command , we now turn our attention to User Defined Functions – either Table-Valued Functions or Scalar Functions. A UDF is very convenient for centralising business logic as we can specify a set of business logic […]

WebSite Performance Optimization – Core Concepts

[Note : This was originally published on my personal blog at JudeOKelly.com. However, since the topic is on performance optimization and many SQL Server installations are the backend for a website/webapp I am cross posting this.] When it comes to performance tuning a site, there are a multitude of possible optimizations so I thought it […]

SQL Server T-SQL Tuning – Temp Tables, Table Variables and Union

In this article series we will focus on the primary points of T-SQL performance tuning. In this first installment I will lopok at tuning temp tables, table variables and the Union command. Temp Tables and Table Variables Most database developers are used to breaking down code into small chunks using  temp tables or table variables  […]

Tuning your SQL Query – Generating a Proper Execution Plan.

Recently one of my developers came to and complained of slow performance on a particular query. During the investigation I noticed that the primary cause was the poor query execution plan. In this article, I will discuss the approach which I used to improve the execution plan. For demonstration purpose, I will be creating a […]
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