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  • Superhero powers for managing the enterprise

    This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Jen McCown of @midnightdba fame. She wants us to write about strategies for managing the enterprise, and as a database consultant, I find myself giving advice on this kind of thing to customers remarkably often. No, I’m not going to do stories about LobsterPot customers. We don’t do that. What happens ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 7, 2015
  • SQL 2014 queries under a strobe light

    I just wrote a post about Live Query Statistics. Let me show you how this technology in SQL Server 2014 can be used for some amazingly cool (nerdy cool, at least) stuff. Behind the scenes, LQS uses a DMV called sys.dm_exec_query_profiles. When you run a query with SET STATISTICS PROFILE ON, the engine puts data into this DMV for every operator in ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on August 31, 2015
  • Live Query Statistics in SQL 2014, not just SQL 2016

    One of the coolest things in SQL Server 2016 is Live Query Statistics (LQS). But did you know that it’s available in SQL 2014? (Edit: Needs SP1) The thing is that we haven’t been able to view it effectively before now, before SQL Server Management Studio 2016 became available. LQS provides the ability to watch an execution plan while the query ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on August 31, 2015
  • Can you still use DBCC PAGE to access data in dropped tables if TDE is turned on?

    Yes. #ShortestPostEver @rob_farley    Oh, ok... I’ll explain some more. Transparent Data Encryption encrypts data at rest. That’s the stuff that’s on disk – the encryption happens when the data is written to disk, and the decryption happens as the data is loaded into RAM from the disk. The engine handles this so that it’s invisible ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on August 11, 2015
  • Always Encrypted with SQL 2016

    Transparent Data Encryption has been around for some time now, making sure that data in SQL Server as stored on disk is encrypted. When it was announced, this was incredibly exciting. You see, by default, SQL Server data is not encrypted. If you open up the pages within a data file, you can read the data that’s in there. Numbers are stored as ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on August 10, 2015
  • SQL Formatting Matters…

    … to some folks more than others. We likely all have stories about working with folks who care a lot about the format of their SQL statements. I’ve worked with a lot of database developers and analysts. I cannot say SQL formatting distinguishes the good from the bad (or ugly), but I have noticed the sharpest developers have a preferred SQL ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 20, 2015
  • Corruption, corruption, more corruption

    No, not in my systems. Corruption does happen from time to time. At LobsterPot Solutions we get calls from people now and then who have corruption in their databases, that want help getting them repaired. Generally, it’s not too much of a problem, although I’ve seen some doozies over time. (And if you need help, get in touch!) Interestingly, I ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on July 17, 2015
  • Check the settings when installing SQL Server

    Next, next, next, next, next... you know the drill. Except that when installing SQL, it’s simply not good enough. The defaults might not work for you, and that makes this post qualify for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, hosted by Andy Yun (@sqlbek). Most things are fine, but there is one page which you really shouldn’t ignore. And it’s not even ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on July 13, 2015
  • Fetch once, write many times

    As I’ve said before these days I’m spending time working on Hadoop rather than SQL Server and one of my colleagues today alerted me to a rather cool feature Of Hive (in a nutshell Hive is the technology that makes enables us to write SQL statements against Hadoop). Check this out: Pretty cool, no? From a single tablescan I can summarise and ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on May 12, 2015
  • Monitoring skew in PDW

    When you have data stored across several servers, skew becomes very significant. In SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW), part of the Analytics Platform System (APS), data is stored in one of two ways – distributed or replicated. Replicated data is copied in full across every compute node (those servers which actually store user data), while ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on May 11, 2015
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