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
  • SQL Server Setup Checklist – with the common questions I get about configs
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Planning Worksheet – communicating your RPO and RTO clearly
  • The Data Professional Annual Salary Survey responses

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?

Index Check: sp_BlitzIndex

Are my indexes designed for speed?

Query Check: sp_BlitzCache

Which queries have been using the most resources?

Who’s Doing What: sp_BlitzWho

Who’s running what queries right now?

Query Trending: sp_BlitzQueryStore

How has my query plan changed over time?

Recent First Responder Kit Changes

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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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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for August 2019

sp_DatabaseRestore can now restore to Azure blobs and change the database owner after a restore, and everything else gets bug fixes. 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:…
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sp_BlitzCache query warnings

DBA Training Plan 12: What Query Plans Are In Cache?

In the last episode, while talking about the basics of executing queries, I said that SQL Server caches execution plans in memory, reusing them whenever the same query gets executed again. I’ve also talked about the dynamic management views (DMVs) that let you query what’s in SQL Server’s memory. Let’s put those two things together…
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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for July 2019

Nothing too dramatic, mostly bug fixes this month. Been pretty quiet on the development front the last couple of months. Some stability is nice around here, eh? 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…
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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for April 2019

This month, lots of improvements and bug fixes, including checking for paused resumable index operations, Evaluation Edition expiration dates, sp_BlitzCache shows the number of duplicated plans for each query, sp_BlitzIndex will skip a list of databases for you, and more. To get the new version: Download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip Azure Data Studio users with the…
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Which Database is Causing the Problem?

Pick a bottle, any bottle (Moet & Chandon) You’ve got one SQL Server hosting a bunch of databases, and performance is bad. Which database should you focus on first? Here are a few ways you can pick – but keep in mind they may produce different answers, especially when you’ve got several databases that suck,…
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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for March 2019

This month, just half a dozen bug fixes, plus a new parameter for sp_BlitzCache to search the plan cache for specific strings. 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:…
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Updated First Responder Kit and Consultant Toolkit for February 2019

I hereby christen this the Rich Benner Memorial Release. He’s still alive, it’s just that we’ll always remember him for the work he put into this month’s version. (I’m kidding, of course. We won’t remember him. (I’m kidding. Rich will appreciate the humor in that.)) You can download the updated FirstResponderKit.zip here, and Consultant Toolkit customers…
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[Video] How to Capture Baselines with sp_BlitzFirst

Everybody tells you to capture baselines – but what exactly are you supposed to capture? Which Perfmon counters matter? How do you track which data files are growing, and which ones are slow? How can you track which queries are using the most resources? All you have to do is install the free, open source…
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