Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for October 2022

First Responder Kit Updates

It’s fall – time to review your SQL Servers’ configurations, health, backups, and performance before fall turns into fail. To help, we’ve got a new version of the First Responder Kit.

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To get the new version:

Consultant Toolkit Changes

I updated it to this month’s First Responder Kit, but no changes to querymanifest.json or the spreadsheet. If you’ve customized those, no changes are necessary this month: just copy your spreadsheet and querymanifest.json into the new release’s folder.

sp_AllNightLog Changes

  • Fix: now works when system database collations don’t match. (#3132, thanks Bjorn Nordblom.)

sp_Blitz Changes

  • Enhancement: check for most recent log backup using DBCC DBINFO rather than msdb. This way, it works even if the log backups were taken on another AG replica. (#3143, thanks SQL Lambert.)
  • Enhancement: warn about additional dangerous 3rd party modules. (#3149 and #3150, thanks David Wiseman.)
  • Enhancement: works on Amazon RDS even if the server name has been changed. (#3146, thanks Bo Anderson.)

sp_BlitzFirst Changes

  • Fix: returns the Azure SQL DB compatibility that was broken in the last release. (#3139, thanks SJOrderDIRECT.)
  • Fix: even more compatibility for Azure SQL DB. (#3130, thanks DMonlineUK.)

sp_BlitzQueryStore Changes

sp_DatabaseRestore Changes

  • If you use sp_DatabaseRestore and you have servers in different time zones, we’d appreciate your help testing #3113. It’s not included in this release because no one has tested it yet. If you can test the StopAt parameter with different time zones and report back in that issue (not here in the comments) about how it worked, that’d be great.

Bonus changes: Anthony Green kept up the tireless work of keeping the SQL Server versions file up to date.

For Support

When you have questions about how the tools work, talk with the community in the #FirstResponderKit Slack channel. Be patient: it’s staffed by volunteers with day jobs. If it’s your first time in the community Slack, get started here.

When you find a bug or want something changed, read the contributing.md file.

When you have a question about what the scripts found, first make sure you read the “More Details” URL for any warning you find. We put a lot of work into documentation, and we wouldn’t want someone to yell at you to go read the fine manual. After that, when you’ve still got questions about how something works in SQL Server, post a question at DBA.StackExchange.com and the community (that includes me!) will help. Include exact errors and any applicable screenshots, your SQL Server version number (including the build #), and the version of the tool you’re working with.

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