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2.4 How to Fix Blocking Waits (LCK%)

In the blocking, locking, and deadlocking modules in Mastering Index Tuning and Mastering Query Tuning, I covered how to fix those problems with index & query changes. Another solution is to make database-level changes like the default isolation level or offloading reads to another server with techniques like log shipping, replication, or Availability Groups.

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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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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 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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[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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Running SQL Server in the Cloud: 2017 Edition

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You have two basic options: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is just VMs running in someone else’s data center – be it Amazon, Google, or Microsoft. Job duties for a DBA are the same as on-premises virtual machines: you manage HA, DR, patching, backups, and performance tuning. It’s just that you may have slightly different…
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[Video] Office Hours 2017/11/08 (With Transcriptions)

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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 2017/10/11 (With Transcriptions)

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This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss the new Extended Events Profiler, using SQL audit vs a trigger to log what people do, log shipping, migrating from on-prem to cloud, best practice for a database owner, SQL Server performance improvement, the difference between simple, bulk-logged, and full recovery models and when to use them, tools…
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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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Breaking News: Using TDE on 2016? Doing Backups? Time to Patch.

Normally, when you use Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) to secure your database at rest, you can’t get backup compression. Encrypted data basically looks like random data, and random data doesn’t compress well. SQL Server 2016 introduced the ability to compress your TDE databases. Yay! Unfortunately, it has bugs that can leave you unable to restore…
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An Expensive Reason To Avoid AGs In Azure

Cash Rules Most people, when they get through paying for Azure, and SQL Server Enterprise Licensing, are left with a hole in their wallet that could only be filled with something that says “Bugatti”, and has a speedometer with an infinity sign at the end. Recently, while working with a client, I found out that…
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What If Week: What Would You Add?

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For this week’s What If series, we’re exploring what would happen if you had access to SQL Server’s source code – like if you got a job at Microsoft, signed a partner NDA, if the code leaked, or if it went open source. Today’s question is, “What would you fix or add?” Erik says: Skipping…
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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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