Year: 2017

Automatically Reseeding Identity Values on SQL Server

The Problem You have tables that have a lot of data inserted into them and deleted that use identity values and run out integers to use.  I have over 3000+ databases where this can occur so we have an alerts setup that checks the tables then checks a table to see if setup to be …

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What’s Tracy Up To, October 2017

Wow this year has been really busy.  I’ve completely turned into a SQL Saturday addict with 15 SQL Saturdays completed, two more scheduled, and one more potential one to go.  I might need an intervention or a 12-step program or I just may continue to have fun and meeting everyone and sharing my knowledge. This …

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Creating a PowerShell Module from a DBA’s Perspective

Problem The last T-SQL Tuesday a lot of data professionals shared their favorite PowerShell scripts including functions, but some DBAs are new to PowerShell and don’t know how to use the functions.  So this post will cover how to create a PowerShell module so you can store the functions you just found that are useful …

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Automatically Fixing High VLF Count on SQL Server 2012+

The Problem Our databases autogrow because we have thousands of databases and before we know we have databases with high VLF counts in the transaction logs.  If you don’t know why that is bad refer to the resources section of this article. The Solution Fix the high VLF count without any manual intervention by the …

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T-SQL Tuesday #94 – Automation Through PowerShell Checking the Status of AGs

This month Rob Sewell (Twitter | Blog) is hosting T-SQL Tuesday and wants us to automate more with PowerShell or at least learn PowerShell. My favorite thing to automate using PowerShell is checking on the status of things on multiple servers.  For example, after patching your environment running a quick query to make sure the …

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Determining Which Indexes to Compress Among Thousands

Our Problem In a shared in environment you may have hundreds of databases with the same schema but depending on the data loaded into them not all of them will benefit from being compressed so you don’t want to incur the overhead of compression on all the of the data. Our Solution We can write …

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Enable SSL Encryption and Import Certificate for Multiple Instances of SQL Server using PowerShell

A recent project involved setting up encrypted connections on all our SQL Servers. To this we would have to install a certificate in on the server and restart the SQL Server service. Direction on how to do this on an individual instance are provided by Microsoft.  We have test environments that we are going to …

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TSQL Tuesday #93: Interviewing Patterns & Anti-Patterns

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is brought to us by Kendra Little (blog | @Kendra_Little). Kendra asked to write about interviewing patterns and anti-patterns and to be careful to protect our past/current employers and candidates.  I’m going to talk about things I should have done better for interview that are really technical things but more soft things you …

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Setting Custom Fill Factors Based on Page Splits

Introduction There is a lot of talk about what fill factor should be set for an index.  We know for indexes that are ever increasing the fill factor should be set to 100% but for those indexes that are on things like last name or birthday it gets a bit trickier to decide a fill …

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Monitoring Availability Groups Part 3 – Extended Events

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Monitoring Availability Groups

In last part of the series, we will touch on how to monitor availability groups using extended events.  I prefer this method over using SQL Agent alerts just because I don’t like relying on the individual servers to send me emails.  I like to have our central monitoring server send out alerts based on queries …

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