[Video] Office Hours: Nine Minutes of Answers


Post your questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the ones you’d like to see me discuss during my live streams. This week, I took a break from working on my PASS Summit sessions in order to chat:

Here’s what we covered:

  • 00:00 Start
  • 00:32 Jeremy: We have an older web app we’re going to be rewriting to use microservices. We’ll also be migrating it from on-prem to Azure. Our dev consultant is recommending we use Postgres rather than MS SQL Server to save money. What are your thoughts on moving from MS SQL to Postgres?
  • 02:19 Peter: Have you ever deleted unused stats or think it might be worth deleting stats on a table to improve performance of a stats maintenance job? My pain point is an exceptionally long running stats update.
  • 03:27 Jacob H: Hi Brent, how do you approach tuning when you are not able to run a query in production?
  • 04:30 Kimberly Hathaway: Brent – battling sysadmins in my org. They want Veeam backups for all SQL svrs & not SQL backups. Claim is point in time DB recovery with Veeam. I say logs are not getting truncated so Veeam is not talking to SQL. Can you point me to a doc that will support this.
  • 06:19 Cats_Everywhere : Hey Brent, I’m planning a new SQL Server build. I expect the Business people want this server to exist for 8-10 years. Are there any good arguments (business people would love) to persuade them to stick to a 5 year max? I picked 5 years due to Patching support from MS.
  • 07:39 Ólafur: Any indexing tips for “SELECT DISTINCT F1, F2, F3”? Is this more / less important than indexing for the WHERE condition?
  • 08:17 Bingo Boy: What are the pros / cons of setting up a SQL Server learning environment for log shipping / A.G. using containers vs virtual machines?
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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Linda A Lorentz Fletcher
    October 26, 2022 4:20 pm

    Aloha e Brent,

    Your e-mail today had a response about Veeam and SysAdmin issues – and there is one ‘gotcha’ that you missed.

    Our SysAdmins only run Veeam backups daily. When they originally set it up, they also tried to convince us to run the log backups within Veeam for SQL. Unfortunately, what they ended up doing was grabbing ONE of the Tlog backups into Veeam, while the rest of our every-15-minute Tlog backups to the o/s were elsewhere. They couldn’t do a point-in-time with Veeam, and they broke our backup log sequence. It was a mess. Now they configure Veeam to do a COPY ONLY backup so it doesn’t interfere with our DBA backups, and their Veeam backups grab all of our local disk backups so we are both good.

    [Sorry – this is a duplicate to an e-mail that I don’t know if the address would still be good.]

  • TechnoCaveman
    October 26, 2022 6:13 pm

    Also for “Cats Everywhere” – Vendors do not always support the latest version ” surprise” and a business may stop paying for support. We just finished purging SQL 2008. Upgrading older SQL 2012 “if the vendor supports 2016/ 2019” So often a DBA’s hands are tied by what business leaders like to hear: “Supported version”, “Gartner magic quadrant”. Later one finds out they lack HA support or latest patch support. The security person helps me get patching and upgrade permission.


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