New Whitepaper: Deciding Between Merge and Peer-to-Peer Replication

Replication is still a major component of SQL Server today even with Availability Groups as an alternative to certain scenarios. Availability Groups does not allow you to have more than one writeable version of the data at any given time. Replication is the only native component or feature in SQL Server that will allow you to have multiple writeable databases that maintain data in sync to any near-real-time degree. Once you have determined that you need a solution that provides
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Performance Counters: Why It Depends

When you’re working through some vague performance issues (e.g., “SQL Server seems slow today”), one of the common things to do is to collect some performance counters. If you are collecting performance counters for the first time on the server, you don’t have anything to compare them against. This usually leads to searching the web for resources that will tell you what numbers the counters should be. And sadly, it quite often ends with either misleading advice or with a
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Size Matters: 2 Products to Accelerate SQL Traffic

I talked previously about network pipelines and how to get the most out of a fat network in the post Network Packet Size: to Fiddle With or Not to Fiddle With. If you need to move large amounts of data and have a network infrastructure that can support a larger then normal packet size, you can get tremendous performance boosts by increasing packet size. The big performance boosts can only be realized if every part of the path between server
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Why is Your SQL Server Slow? All-for-one and One-for-all

I have one more thing I want to talk about regarding the conversation I had recently with my friends and former colleagues at Idera about the things that slow down SQL Server. Another “quick performance wins” you can take advantage of is segregating the types of files SQL Server uses. If you install SQL Server by just clicking NEXT until you get to the end, you end up with everything running on the same drive. Different files have different types
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New Whitepaper: 5 Most Common Critical SQL Integrity Issues

Have you been putting off running integrity checks on your databases? Are you unsire where to start or what to do? Stop hesitating and get started right now. If you are new to database integrity and corruption, we have a helping hand to get you started. A new whitepaper on the 5 Most Common Critical SQL Integrity Issues that DBAs will face in their career will get you started. A crucial part of managing SQL Server is performing regular integrity
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Whitepaper: Demystify Tempdb Performance & Management

Whitepaper: Demystify Tempdb Performance & Management There are many misconceptions and myths about tempdb and purported best practices are inconsistent at best. It’s hard to know which advice to follow when one resource says to always do it one way and another tells you to always do it the opposite way. Many times, both resources are correct in certain situations or to a certain degree. Part of the problem is that rarely is there a single correct solution to any
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New Whitepaper: Performance Evaluation of Hosting TempDB on FusionIO

New Whitepaper: Performance Evaluation of Hosting TempDB on FusionIO A colleague I work with on the PQO* Operations SQL V-Team, Jonathan Foster, has authored and published a whitepaper on using FusionIO SSD drives for tempDB performance in SQL Server. I served as technical reviewer and Jimmy May (blog|@aspiringgeek) from Microsoft’s SQL Cat Team (blog|@SQLCat) and Ken Hughes from FusionIO provided highly beneficial technical advice. Andre Ciabattari and John Yi from the PQO Operations Infrastructure/Lab team provided technical excellence with installing
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