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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Queries to inventory your SQL Server Agent Jobs

In this tip we cover tables and scripts you can query to get information about SQL Server Agent jobs.

SQL Server 2016 ColumnStore Index String Predicate Pushdown

Learn about the SQL Server 2016 ColumnStore Index String Predicate Pushdown performance improvements for data warehouses.

Implement a SQL Server 2016 Availability Group without Active Directory Part 1

In this tip we learn how to implement a SQL Server availability group without active directory.

SQL Server Management Studio Tips Generating Scripts

In this tip we look at how to generate scripts for database and instance level objects using SSMS.

SQL Server Tutorials

SQL Server Backup Tutorial

One of your last lines of defense for just about any system is to have a backup in place in case there is a need to recover some or all of your data. This is also true for SQL Server. In this tutorial we will discuss selecting the correct recovery models, what backup options are available, and how to create backups using T-SQL commands and SQL Server Management Studio.

SQL Server Restore Tutorial

What good is a backup if you do not know to restore the backup. In this tutorial we will look at what restore options are available and which options are only accessible using T-SQL commands.


The INFORMATION_SCHEMA views allow you to retrieve metadata about the objects within a database. These views can be found in the master database under Views / System Views and be called from any database in your SQL Server instance. In this tutorial we look at some of these INFORMATION_SCHEMA views and how they can be used.

SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Tuning Tutorial

In this tutorial we will cover some of the common issues with performance such as: deadlocks, blocking, missing and unused indexes, I/O bottlenecks, poor query plans, statistics, wait stats and fragmentation.

SQL Server Webcasts

Supercharge Your SQL Server Data Warehouse with Columnstore Indexes

Join this webinar to get up to speed on SQL Server Columnstore Indexes for Data Warehousing. You'll learn which types of columnstore indexes there are, how you can integrate them into your data warehouse and what performance gains you can expect.

Optimize the Configuration of SQL Server Instances and Databases

To prevent and diagnose availability, health, and performance issues it is important to review and manage the configuration of SQL Server instances and databases. Whether you want to view and modify the settings of instances and databases or compare settings to historical snapshots and other instances, it is important to have a quick and easy way to access this information. Learn how SQL Admin Toolset can help.

Deploying and Maintaining SQL Server Configuration Standards

Configuring systems to a standard and maintaining those standards is a key aspect for meeting audit & compliance requirements. In this presentation we'll look at what tools are available out of the box for your SQL Server farm, where you will likely need to augment checks and corrective actions using scripts, and how to plan a custom reporting architecture to be able to show an auditor you're performing these actions regularly.

Identify Inventory Issues in SQL Server Environments

Learn how SQL Inventory Manager provides all the details you need for complete visibility and enables you to compile and review the information about your SQL Server environment, so that you can effectively manage your inventory.

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