The tempdb database is a strange place in SQL Server. This poster shows a view of the crazy world of tempdb and includes some reminders about tempdb configuration and monitoring. Someday I’ll publish my drawing bloopers of posters gone horribly wrong. Early versions of this one were hilariously horrifying. Moreso than the final product, I […]
A C# developer wants to be a DBA, but is having a hard time landing a job. Should they take a pay cut and go for a Junior level job? Or could there be another path? This is a “listen-able” 15 minute video. Find the podcast version at littlekendra.com/dearsqldba. A written version of the discussion with clickable […]
This question came up on Twitter’s #sqlhelp recently. The NOINDEX option does change the behavior of DBCC CHECKDB (even if you’re already using PHYSICAL_ONLY). Here’s how the two options compare to one another, and how to see the difference yourself in a simple example. PHYSICAL_ONLY is like having a doctor examine your body, but not run bloodwork PHYSICAL_ONLY looks at […]
You’d love to have a job tuning SQL Servers, but you don’t have an environment to practice in. Here’s how to teach yourself performance tuning and prepare yourself to land and succeed in job interviews. This is a “listen-able” 20 minute video. Prefer a podcast instead? Find it at littlekendra.com/dearsqldba. A written version of the discussion with clickable […]
Do you use templates to save typing in SQL Server Management Studio? Templates are extremely handy for tasks that you need to do repeatedly, but with different parameter values. The coolest part is that once you get the hang of them, you can create your own custom templates. Whether or not you’re using a template, always make sure […]
You need to change an INT column to a BIGINT in a large table. Learn why this schema change can make your transaction log explode, and how to avoid it. This is a “listen-able” 21 minute video. Prefer a podcast instead? Find it at littlekendra.com/dearsqldba. Show notes (transcript with links) are below the video. Here’s our question […]
Performance tuning is much easier when you have dragons. When I think about speeding up SQL Server, I think of three things: Index tuning Query tuning Server and application architecture Capture all three in one free poster. Want more posters? I’ve got download links for all my free posters right here.
Your boss wants you to automate patching for your SQL Servers. Is that a good idea? How far should you take it? Find out a DBAs perspective. This is a “listen-able” 17 minute video. Prefer a podcast instead? Find it at littlekendra.com/dearsqldba. Show notes (transcript with links) are below the video. Dear SQL DBA… I’ve been […]