First Responder Kit


My free First Responder Kit is packed with scripts, worksheets, and checklists like:

  • sp_Blitz, sp_BlitzIndex, sp_BlitzCache – free health check scripts
  • White papers – on Availability Groups, Google Compute Engine, disaster recovery in the cloud, and more
  • Worksheets and e-books – like our SQL Server Setup Checklist and the HA/DR Worksheet

It’s totally free because I’ve been there too. I know how hard it is to keep SQL Server fast and reliable, and I want to make your job easier. Later, if you need consulting or training for tough pains that have you stumped, I hope you’ll stop by.

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Instructions

Also known as the fine manual that you probably won’t read at first. You’ll regret that later. It’s okay. I’m the same way.

Health Check: sp_Blitz

Is my SQL Server healthy, or sick?

Speed Check: sp_BlitzFirst

Why is my SQL Server slow right now?

Query Check: sp_BlitzCache

Which queries have been using the most resources?

Index Check: sp_BlitzIndex

Are my indexes designed for speed?

Vital Stats: Power BI

Graph server and query performance over time.

Cloud Restores: sp_AllNightLog

How can I use the cloud for disaster recovery?

Query Trending: sp_BlitzQueryStore

How has my query plan changed over time?

Who’s Doing What: sp_BlitzWho

Who’s running what queries right now?

Recent First Responder Kit Changes

Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for March 2020

In the immortal words of “Orange” Julius Caesar as written by Shake’s peer, “Beware the bugs of March.” It took us 2,064 years, but we’ve finally fixed those bugs, plus added a couple of new features. To get the new version: Download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip Azure Data Studio users with the First Responder Kit extension:…
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How to Track Performance of Queries That Use RECOMPILE Hints

Say we have a stored procedure that has two queries in it – the second query uses a recompile hint, and you might recognize it from my parameter sniffing session: Transact-SQL CREATE OR ALTER PROC dbo.usp_SearchUsers @Reputation INT AS BEGIN /* Query 1, always the same: */ SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.Users; /* Query 2, recompiles…
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How I Use the First Responder Kit

Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for February 2020

We spent Valentine’s Day removing the bugs from your chocolates. You’re welcome. 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 Toolkit in your account EU customers: check your email for the updated version from Gumroad,…
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How I Use the First Responder Kit

Wanna Learn How I Use the First Responder Kit?

My newest class, How I Use the First Responder Kit, has been going great – but there’s a catch. I designed this class as a mix of training and consulting, so I’m giving you advice on your server as we go. Because of that, I can only fit so many people (around 50) per class.…
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How I Use the First Responder Kit

Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for December 2019

It’s the hap-happiest season of all. 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 Toolkit in your account EU customers: check your email for the updated version from Gumroad, our European distributor Consultant Toolkit Changes…
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How I Use the First Responder Kit

Announcing a New Live Online Class: How I Use the First Responder Kit

During the hands-on labs for my Mastering classes, when I’m answering an attendee question, this kind of thing happens a lot: Attendee: “How would I find the query causing that missing index recommendation?” Me: “Oh, good question – you can use the sp_BlitzCache @SlowlySearchPlansFor parameter. Here’s how it works.” (Does a quick demo) Attendees in…
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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for September 2019

This month’s release has a lot of new feature goodness: the Consultant Toolkit can automatically upload the results to Amazon S3, plus sp_BlitzCache adds a new sort order to better catch unparameterized queries burning up CPU, a new warning for selects that are doing writes (other than >500MB spills, which we’ve been warning you about…
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