I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane
27 Sep 2017

I’m taking off tomorrow for a three-and-a-half-week adventure, representing DB Best Technologies in four different countries. In addition to some customer visits, and a week’s vacation with my daughter and grandson in Stuttgart, I’ll be presenting at the following four PUBLIC events. (more…)...

Webinar #1.2 SQL Server DMVs Follow-up
26 Sep 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended! You can get the slides and demo files here: Webinar 1.2 — SQL Server DMVs files If you missed the session, or would like to watch the recorded version, here’s the link. (Once you complete the registration information, you will get an email with a link to the webinar. Yes, it’s a little tedious, but the marketing team says I have to use this link.) Following are solutions to the homework exercises for Webinar 1.2: (more…)...

Webinar #1.1 SQL Server Metadata Overview Follow-up
22 Sep 2017

The link to watch Webinar #1.1: Metadata Overview can be found here: Webinar #1 – SQL Server Metadata Overview Once you complete the registration information, you will get an email with a link to the webinar. Yes, it’s a little tedious, but the marketing team says I have to use this link. 🙂 The zip file that includes the presentation and demo scripts is located at Webinar 1.1 — SQL Server Metadata Overview files. As I mentioned when telling you about my webinar series, I will be giving out homework. Of course, it is totally optional, but the problems give you an opportunity to put into practice some of the concepts discus...

SQL Server Internals: the Webinar Series
22 Sep 2017

         This past Tuesday, the 19th of September, I started broadcasting a series of webinars which cover all the material in my SQL Server Internals classes that I’ve been delivering around the world for almost 20 years. I’ll even be able to add additional information not included in the classes because our time constraints are not quite so strict. As Microsoft added new features to the SQL Server product, I had to remove some still relevant content to make room for the new information, and now, I’ll be able to put that content back in. In addition, you won’t be sitting just listening to me for 5 days straight. We’ll take...

Configuring a Database
19 Sep 2017

Before SQL Server 2016, configuration referred to instance-wide settings. But with Azure SQL Database not giving us access to any instance-level information or giving us any instance-level control, we only can see information and control settings for a specific database. So now, a new SQL Server 2016 feature allows us to have a bit more control of individual databases. And once a feature gets tested and verified in Azure, it’s ported to the SQL Server on-premises code. We now have ALTER DATABASE SCOPED CONFIGURATION which does not take a database name and always only applies to the current database. Some of the settings available with this ...

Reducing time and costs while building highly available system
Developing Always On Availability Group checklist with reduced configuration time and costs
11 Sep 2017

One of America’s largest transportation authorities was running the mission-critical system on SQL Server platform and any down times could harmfully impact millions of citizens. So, they contacted DB Best to help them modernize their system. We advised them to implement high availability and disaster recovery solutions to keep their system running without interruptions. To meet the customer’s needs, we performed technical support and delivered detailed instructions and automated scripts to implement the highly available architecture in compliance with Always On Availability Group checklist. Our solution allowed the customer to build ...

Changing How To Change Your Database Properties — ALTER DATABASE
07 Sep 2017

Long ago (in SQL Server years) many metadata changes were implemented with special one-off stored procedures. For example, we had sp_addindex and sp_dropindex, as well as sp_addtype, sp_droptype, sp_addlogin and sp_droplogin. For changing certain database properties, we had sp_changedbowner and sp_dbcmptlevel, to name a few. Gradually, Microsoft has started replacing these procedures with the more generic DDL commands ADD, DROP and ALTER. This is both good news and bad news. It’s good because these commands are more efficient and more predictable. It’s bad because the stored procedures were made up of T-SQL code that we could read and act...

How to determine Oracle migration ROI for complex systems
06 Sep 2017

A global pharmaceutical company has been supporting hundreds of applications on the Oracle platform. Their complex system became outdated over the years with 90% of end of life or extended support Oracle versions with very expensive contracts. They needed a cost effective solution, so they looked for a way to move their workloads to a higher value SQL Server solution. See how we helped our customer determine Oracle migration ROI (Return on Investment) for their highly complex environment. Let’s see how we approached the analysis to demonstrate that our customer could achieve an Oracle migration ROI within 1-year by moving to SQL Server...

Database Compare Suite update 4.11 with Vertica Analytics Platform support
04 Sep 2017

We’re happy to announce the latest release of DB Best Database Compare Suite. The new version marked 4.11 brings support for Vertica Analytics Platform. Learn more about the ultimate DBA tool and discover the major updates implemented in the latest release from our blog post. (more…)...

Kalen Delaney’s Midwest SQL Server Tour 2017
01 Sep 2017

DB Best will be hosting a series of FREE workshops in the Midwest region with Kalen Delaney presenting. The workshops will focus on ‘Getting the most out of the SQL Server Engine”. Kalen Delaney is a SQL Server MVP, renowned author of the SQL Server Internals book series. With over two decades of SQL Server experience, Kalen has been a frequent speaker and authority on all things SQL Server. The workshops will include extensive Hands On Lab sections facilitated by experts from DB Best Technologies. The Midwest SQL Server Tour will include the following cities: Chicago, Illinois Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 Time: 8:30am R...