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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Quickly setup SQL Server on Linux using an Azure SQL Server VM template

There are already some templates that are available in Azure that run SQL Server on Linux. This tip describes the step by step process to quickly set it up.

SQL Server Proportional Fill Algorithm Example

I have a SQL Server user database with single file group containing 2 data files. If I were to insert 1GB worth of data into this database, does it mean each data file will always get 500MB worth of data because of Proportional Fill algorithm in SQL Serve

How to change default backup directory in SQL Server on Linux

In this tip, I will show you how to change the default backup location on a Linux based SQL Server instance compared to a Windows based SQL Server.

Finding SQL Server Object Dependencies with DMVs

Using sys.sql_expression_dependencies DMV to find SQL Server object dependencies.

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

Improve Query Performance with DB PowerStudio

Poorly written SQL queries and missing indexes can have a significant impact on SQL Server performance. IDERA’s DB PowerStudio tools can help identify problem SQL and missing indexes, even for third-party applications. IDERA’s Gary Smith will show you how to use DBArtisan and DB Optimizer to obtain index recommendations, query rewrites and hints to make your SQL more efficient.

Compare SQL Server Schema and Data with SQL Comparison Toolset

With SQL Comparison Toolset, analyze and synchronize the structure of SQL Server databases in an intuitive graphical user interface. View differences for database schemas and propagate schema changes from one environment to another. Compare and synchronize tables across servers, databases, and versions to migrate data, copy databases, and audit data. Customize and automate comparison and synchronization operations. Generate ready-to-use synchronization scripts to minimize errors.

Got HA? Getting Cost-Effective High Availability for SQL Server in the Google Cloud

In this webinar, Dave Bermingham, Microsoft MVP, will show you how easy it is to create a SQL Server high availability cluster environment in a Google cloud environment.

Performance Tuning Your SQL Server Database and Maybe Even Your Data

In this session, we will go over key performance issues affecting both SQL Server OLTP & OLAP workloads, show how to identify them, and options for correcting them. And while SQL Server has made great strides in improving performance automatically, some fixes are a little less obvious, some fixes require talking to your end users, and sometimes, it’s the data itself that needs to be performance tuned.

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