Checking for Strange Client Settings with sys.dm_exec_sessions

In my performance training class, people get really excited when I cover filtered indexes, computed columns, and indexed views. Then they get a really strange expression on their face when I talk about one of the biggest drawbacks: if your connection options aren’t set correctly, your delete/update/insert (DUI) operations will fail. That gave me a really…
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Ten Ways to Set MAXDOP

Whenever I work with SQL Server, I’m amazed at how many ways there are to influence its behavior. For example, take the maximum degree of parallelism for a query. Just offhand, I thought of ten different ways you can tweak it: 1. At the server level with SSMS. In SSMS, right-click on the server, click Properties, Advanced,…
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