Category Archives: Problem Resolution

  1. Start with stupid

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    March 17, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    True story: I worked in a computer lab many years ago and one day this guy (a grad student) checked …
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  2. Check your SQL Agent history settings before it’s too late!

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    February 10, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    A little while back I was doing some research into a failed job and ran into a slight problem. The …
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  3. Negative session_ids

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    January 27, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    I probably had the most fun all week when a query I was running came up blocked. Sounds strange right? …
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  4. Transactions: Who, What and Where

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    January 20, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    Recently we had a scenario where we had a handful of queries being blocked. Nothing unusual there but when I …
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  5. A pattern to do beginning of period calculations.

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    November 20, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    Beginning of period calculations are common things. Rolling month reports, queries to pull everything from last month etc require beginning …
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  6. Query to compare indexes between two tables

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    October 16, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    We have a set of databases at my office that use the load and swap method of loading data with …
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  7. Why you should know how to script as well as use the GUI

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    October 14, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    Personally I’ve always enjoyed learning the T-SQL for any given task. The GUI is usually pretty easy to figure out …
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  8. I’ve refreshed a test database from prod but now the users can’t access it.

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    October 9, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    This happens to me all the time. I get a request from a developer to overwrite the test copy of …
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  9. Brad Shultz’s blog on reviewing your database

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    September 17, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    This is possibly the best blog I have every read on the subject of reviewing a database. It is witty, …
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  10. The most important skill to practice when preparing for any certification exam!

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    August 28, 2013 by Kenneth Fisher

    I like practice tests. Once I feel like I’m getting ready to take a certification exam I start taking an …
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