Posts by Brent Ozar

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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for July 2019

Nothing too dramatic, mostly bug fixes this month. Been pretty quiet on the development front the last couple of months. Some stability is nice around here, eh? To get the new version: Download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip Azure Data Studio users with the First Responder Kit extension: ctrl/command+shift+p, First Responder Kit: Import. Download the updated Consultant…
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Yet Another Way Missing Index Requests are Misleading

Graduates of my Mastering Index Tuning class will already be familiar with the handful of ways the missing index DMVs and plan suggestions are just utterly insane. Let’s add another oddity to the mix: the usage counts aren’t necessarily correct, either. To prove it, Let’s take MattDM’s Stack Exchange query, “Who brings in the crowds?” He’s…
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Poll: what’s in your development database?

When the developers at your company are working on building an app, where do they work? Production, a development database restored from production, or a development database with made-up contents? One-question poll, and you can watch the live results. I’ll post the results and my thoughts on Friday. I know what I see regularly out…
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4 Ways to Move Data Into a Reporting Server

You’ve decided that you need to offload reports to a different SQL Server, and you’re willing to pay the costs. Here are the most common ways to move the data from production to a reporting server, arranged roughly from easiest-to-implement to hardest: 1. Log shipping. Log shipping is more of a technique than a feature:…
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What’s Better, CTEs or Temp Tables?

I get this question a lot, so let’s set up an example with the Stack Overflow database. My query’s goal is to: Find the top 5 Locations List the users who live in those top 5 Locations, alphabetized by their DisplayName There are a LOT of ways I could write this query, but for the…
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Brent Ozar presenting at SQL Saturday Israel 2019

Tips for Better Presentations

Today’s post is for those of you who give presentations to user groups and conferences. Upload your resources before the session starts. When you say “I’ll upload the resources later,” the attendee hears you saying, “I’m winging this, I barely finished this deck 15 minutes ago, and I didn’t even have the time to upload…
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