Category: Scripts

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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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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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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PowerShell Function to Get Query Store Data Across Multiple Databases

In SQL Server 2016, Microsoft introduced to us the Query Store.  This has been proven to be a very beneficial feature especially at my job, saved the day on Christmas Eve. One of the limitations if see is when you have server with several databases on it trying to find the one that has the …

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Uploading New R Library Packages

Somehow I have become the R DBA at my job which I don’t mind, I plan on taking Microsoft’s Professional Program on Data Science to be familiar with it.  But recently I’ve had to upload files to our R servers which the first time wasn’t too bad.  Copy these files to six different servers but …

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Monitoring Availability Groups Part 2 – SQL Agent Alerts

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Monitoring Availability Groups

In my last post on monitoring Availability Groups I covered looking at Perfmon Counters now we take a look at getting alerts from SQL Agent. When it comes to checking on your Availability Groups one of the easiest ways to keep track at a high level of the health of the them is to setup …

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