First Responder Kit

Updated First Responder Kit for November 2018: Get Into Sports Dummy

COACH! I dunno, I just like this picture. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1786 – @dallyhorton made a good point: if we’re gonna warn you about Change Tracking, we should tell you which database it’s enabled for. #1791 – Who do DMV queries think they are, blocking each other? Get over yourselves. #1793 – CheckIds shouldn’t be…
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How to Troubleshoot Blocking and Deadlocking with Scripts and Tools

When you need to find which queries are blocking other queries, your decision comes down to when the blocking happened. Is it happening now, recently, or coming up soon? During a live emergency, start with sp_WhoIsActive. Adam Machanic’s excellent free sp_WhoIsActive replaces Activity Monitor, sp_who, and sp_who2, and it’s way more powerful. The documentation is extensive –…
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First Responder Kit Release: Fingers Crossed!

This is a small release just to make sure you don’t forget about us. We know you’re busy. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1755 – @MisterZeus added a new check for alerts that don’t send information out. I mean, is that even an alert? #1766 – @jadarnel27 added some code to help folks who have a standard (non-sa)…
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First Responder Kit Release: What Does A Fish Know About Friday?

I know, it seems like just yesterday I was doing one of these releases. But no, it was three weeks ago. You’ve just been drunk for a really long time. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1698 – Now warns you about any SQL Modules that have ANSI_NULLS or QUOTED_IDENTIFIER off. Thanks @MisterZeus! #1719 – @TheUsernameSelectionSucks pointed out…
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First Responder Kit Release: A Year From Now These Will All Stop Working On 2008 And 2008R2

You think I’m kidding. Time bomb. Boom. Get your upgrade underwear on. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1664 – We’re officially smart enough to not warn people that we’re recompiling our own stored procedures. #1669 – Reworded the stacked instances details. Servers may be installed and not running. #1687 – @josh-simar has servers linked with AD accounts,…
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How to Fix sp_BlitzIndex Aggressive Indexes Warnings

sp_BlitzIndex gives your indexes a psychiatrist-style evaluation. It’s a lot like a real psychiatrist: it’s just flagging behaviors, and there’s not necessarily anything wrong with being a hoarder, or a workaholic, or a furry. They’re just behavioral traits. Let your freak flag fly. One of the warnings is “Aggressive Indexes,” which means sys.dm_db_operational_stats reports minutes of…
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First Responder Kit Release: Just When You Think There’s Nothing New Left To Do

T*m* f*r An*th*r F*rst R*spond*r K*t R*l**s*. All joking aside! A big thank you goes out to a few people this go around: @jadarnel27 for not only contributing a bunch of Super Professional T-SQL, but also for writing a web scraping application to compile a list of current SQL Server versions. @nedotter @ktaranov and Aleksey Nagorskiy for putting together…
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First Responder Kit Release: SQLBits was pretty awesome but now I have to do work again

APRIL FOOLS! IT’S ONLY MARCH FIRST! Tomorrow. Butthead. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1407: @parlevjo2 gave us a check to make sure databases are owned by an existing user. Existence is everything, so I hear. #1416: After existence is probably location. After that is collation. @ktaranov let us know that our collation wasn’t all that. Especially…
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First Responder Kit Release: It’s Too Cold Not To Do A Release

You look just like a snake when you crawl like a worm. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1310: @CferMN reported quite an odd conversion error! Turns out, division was a better idea than multiplication. #1341: We we missing the newest version of Windows, and we had a broken link. Thanks to @JaySpatzfor letting us know!…
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sp_BlitzQueryStore: A Gentle Introduction

Odds and ends During the precon, we asked how many people were on 2016, how many people were aware of query store, how many people were using it, and how many people were using sp_BlitzQueryStore. About 1/3 of the hands went up at first, then for each successive question, fewer and fewer hands stayed up.…
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First Responder Kit Release: Treating Object References Like Object Instances, Man

Object reference not set to an instance of an object. You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here. sp_Blitz Improvements #1281 We’ve lowered the priority of Query Store being disabled. It’s just not as important as the backups you’re not taking and the corruption checks you’re not running. sp_BlitzCache Improvements #1253 Due to an unfortunate copy and paste incident,…
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