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[Video] The Junior DBA Workout Plan

Squat, deadlift, overhead press, and bench press. In the gym, it’s easy to figure out what you need to be doing to get stronger. When you show up to work, you’re overwhelmed by all the things happening on your server(s), and you can’t figure out where to begin. In this session, we’ll talk about building…
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Office Hours Podcast

[Video] Office Hours 2018/1/10 (With Transcriptions)

This week Brent, and Richie discuss validating backups using the backup set table, how to figure out if you’re a Mid-Level or Senior DBA, rollbacks, compatibility modes while upgrading SQL Server versions, MAXDOP settings, and Brent’s car purchasing tip. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our…
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[Video] Office Hours 2018/1/3 (With Transcriptions)

This week Brent and Richie discuss the latest big Intel CPU security flaw, distributed transactions, rebuilding indexes, SQL Server health check, GDPR regulations, Availability Groups issues, improving server performance, patching for instances that share DBs from multiple applications, using heaps, and more… Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/12/20 (With Transcriptions)

This week Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss truncating & repopulating, failed logins, their choice for high availability, PowerBI, read committed isolation, parameter sniffing, database mirroring, extended events and failing queries and re-indexing large tables. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast to listen on the…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/12/6 (With Transcriptions)

This week Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss filestream waits, what to use instead of filestream, Availability Groups & clusters, implicit data conversion, using snapshot backups, MERGE statement bugs, deadlocks, the future of on-prem servers, Erik’s new sp_Blitz lock, and if the SQL Server knowledge base “Virtual Assistant” can answer DBA interview questions. Here’s the video…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/11/15 (With Transcriptions)

This week Brent, Erik, Richie, and Tara discuss Docker, writing to different servers in different locations, SAN Replication, reducing the size of a database, patching Availability Groups, getting rid of failover cluster instances, long-term backup storage options, VLF numbers, and more. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/11/08 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Richie and Tara discuss Richie’s current projects, Availability Groups, offloading reads and backups, applying service packs, whether production should ship agent jobs to production recovery server, security checks and scans in SQL Server, CPU performance issues upgrading to SQL Server 2016 and 2017, database backups and restores, whether there’s currently a DBA shortage,…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/10/25 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss database corruption, multi-instance clusters, career advice, whether you should transition from contract work to full time, VMware vMotion, reducing failover time with AGs, query tuning, and more. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast to listen on the…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/09/27 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Richie and Erik discuss altering database columns, separating log files, encryption, NOLOCK issues, developing new skills and experience, troubleshooting deadlocks, Oracle, calling C# method from a stored procedure and the type of headset Erik uses. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast to…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/09/20 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Tara, Richie, and Erik discuss a most excepted solution for SA and securing an instance, how many VLFs should a database have, merge replication issues, query tuning tips, database restores, and Larry Ellison’s self-driving database. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/08/30 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss Availability Groups, versions of sp_BlitzIndex™, SQL Server installation issue, backing up SSRS reports, SQL Server on Linux, failovers, detaching/attaching databases, extended events, career progression of a DBA, and more. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast to listen…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/08/23 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss index fragmentation, Azure disk speeds, Availability Groups, database restores, optimize for ad hoc setting, forced parameterization, BI consultants, index views, SPN registrations, and more. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to our podcast to listen on the go. Enjoy…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/08/02 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss unit testing, tSQLt, availability groups, duplicate indexes, reporting services 2016 on availability groups, troubleshooting Entity Framework queries, joining views in tables, SQL Server caching issues, and why procedures have plans inside the cache. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or…
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