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[Video] Office Hours 2018/4/18 (With Transcriptions) with Special Guest Drew Furgiuele

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This week Drew Furgiuele joins Brent and Richie to discuss patching, job interview suggestions, using PowerShell to solve various SQL Server issues, roles and responsibilities of a SQL or a database architect, enabling query store on production servers, SARGability, moving SSRS from the main production server, tempdb issues, Availability Groups troubleshooting, Drew’s upcoming Powershell class,…
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Failover Clustered Instances

[Video] Office Hours 2018/4/11 (With Transcriptions) with Special Guest Edwin M Sarmiento

This week @EdwinMSarmiento joins Brent, Tara, Erik, and Richie to discuss high availability disaster recovery, migrating from on-premises server to Amazon’s RDS, AlwaysON Availability Groups, auto-growth issues, rebuilding vs dropping/re-creating indexes, log shipping, using Service Broker with Always On Availability Groups, updating stats issues, VLF counts, measuring transaction log usage, upgrading versions, and much more.…
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[Video] Office Hours 2018/4/4 with Special Guest Pinal Dave

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This week, Pinal Dave joins Brent, Tara, and Richie to discuss replication latency, partitioning tables, transactional replication, troubleshooting 3-rd party application performance, SQL ConstantCare® update, SQL Server errors, copying data over from a database with read-only access, reducing blocking timeouts, backups to the cloud, and more replication questions! Here’s the video on YouTube: You can…
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[Video] Office Hours 2018/3/21 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss replication, SQL Source Control with Git, installing service packs in cumulative updates in SQL Server, query tuning, write errors, log backups, Azure-managed instances, 3-rd party backup software, and DBA porn. 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 2018/3/17 (With Transcriptions)

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This week, Brent, Tara, and Richie discuss VLF issues, SSAS tabular performance support, certification tests, query documentation tools, what to do when the executive team doesn’t value your contribution as 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 on the…
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[Video] Office Hours 2018/1/17 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Tara, Erik, and Richie discuss 3rd-party tools for object-level restore, patching, stringing multiple CTEs, Meltdown and Spectre, instance stacking, organizing DBA teams, DBCC checks, moving local databases to Amazon RDS, CTEs vs temp tables, and backups and restores. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register to attend next week’s Office Hours, or subscribe to…
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[Video] Office Hours 2018/1/31 (With Transcriptions)

This week, Brent, Tara, and Richie discuss a simple way to fill tempdb, tools for retrieving data from transaction logs, tools for diagraming server architecture, their favorite counters for checking if SQL server on VMWare has sufficient memory, SSRS subscription issues, change requests, thread pool issues, best practices for SELECT * into, failover SQL Server…
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[Video] The Junior DBA Workout Plan

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 2017/12/13 (With Transcriptions)

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This week Tara, Erik, and Richie discuss virtualization, replication & mirroring, switching SQL service logins to an AD account, temporal tables, tempdb issues, migrating from SQL 2015, and Richie’s outdoor adventures in “Breath of the Wild.” 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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Pocket Square

[Video] Office Hours 2017/12/6 (With Transcriptions)

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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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