Update: Six Months later

Six months ago, I accepted a new position in Duluth, MN and moved to house we already owned in Wisconsin not too far from Duluth. And by not too far, my commute is about an hour, depending on the weather. It's about the same drive time I had in Denver, except there's...

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Wait Stats Library

Every so often you come across one of those tools that just changes everything. When it comes to troubleshooting tools, this is one of those defing tools. Paul Randal has assembled the greatest library of SQL wait statistics known to man - well to me anyway. If you...

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DateTime2 not like DateTime

I came across an article on SQL Server Central written by Claudio Silva (b/t) discussing that you can't do arithmetic operations on DateTime21 like you can with DateTime. For example: Old Way OrderDate < GETDATE() -1 You need to do something like this: OrderDate...

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T-SQL Tuesday #101: Tools I forgot

The 101st addition to the SQL monthly blog party is being hosted by Jens Vestergaard (b/t). For the topic this month, Jens has asked which tools are essential to our daily job. Or rather, which tools do I depend on as a DBA. Interesting Topic I would love to say I...

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Space: Unused vs Unallocated

I had previously blogged about working on a SQL job that deleted data older than 13 months. Today I thought I would follow up with the database and check to see how much space was available in the database. So I ran a disk usage report out of SSMS and got the...

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Getting whipped by GetDate()

I have recently been working on tuning a job that purges data out of various tables that are older than 13 months using getdate. Pretty straight forward right? Well originally the job consisted of 6 different statements like so: delete from table1 where...

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TSQL Tuesday #99 – Outside Interests

This month, Aaron Bertrand (b/t) is hosting the TSQL Tuesday topic. And this month, the topic of choice is either 1) an outside hobby or 2) bad habits found/used in TSQL. I somehow think by the time I’m done with this post, I’m going to blur the two together....

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A Month of SSMS

One of the things that has always frustrated me with Microsoft's tools like SSMS and Visual Studio, is the sheer depth of the tool. Figuring out how to create an SSRS or SSIS package in Visual Studio the first few times can result in half a day wasted. SSMS can be...

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