Backing up to NUL:

December 31, 2017 Andy 0

Linux folks have lots of jokes & fun t-shirts about /dev/null/. The null device is a handy location to dump output to, when you don’t actually care about the output. In PowerShell, you can use Out-Null to dump extra output into the ether, and keep … [Read More]

Interviewed by Mohammad Darab

December 20, 2017 Andy 0

As part of Mohammad’s series of interviews, he interviewed me on my thoughts on the future of SQL Server, the DBA role, and the cloud. Read the interview on Mohammad’s site.

Alerting on SQL Server Blocking

December 18, 2017 Andy 15

Identifying blocking is one of the most basic things that a DBA should be monitoring for. I previously wrote about how to identify blocking in SQL Server and find the leading blocker. Recently, my friend Jim Donahoe (blog | twitter) asked me about setting up … [Read More]

Q&A with the MVP Award Program

November 1, 2017 Andy 0

I was recently interviewed by the Microsoft MVP Award Program about organizing the LGBT meetup at PASS Summit last year, and about running diverse, inclusive tech events here in Boston. We discuss why it’s important to have LGBT events, and other events that focus on … [Read More]

Ten tips for PASS Summit Attendees

October 29, 2017 Andy 0

I won’t be at PASS Summit this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give advice to those who will be there. I got an email asking for advice for Summit First-Timers, and after sending over the list of tips, I figured I’d write a … [Read More]

Finding the Leader Blocker

October 26, 2017 Andy 9

During the course of normal processing in a database, blocking happens. Blocking is “by design” because your database is on ACID. In an OLTP database, most of your transactions are short in duration, so we expect blocking to also be short in duration. If blocking … [Read More]

Multi-Statement TVFs in Dynamics CRM

August 22, 2017 Andy 0

In this post on SQLPerformance.com, I look into a database performance issue with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and find a fix that speeds up nearly every database call in the application. If you’re familiar with supporting the database behind Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you probably know that … [Read More]

SentryOne Community Ambassador

July 20, 2017 Andy 1

Last week, SentryOne announced their new PAC Community Ambassador program. I’m incredibly excited to be part of this new program. PAC? Huh? SentryOne doesn’t fuel their monitoring software with power-pellets, the PAC is their Product Advisory Council. This is a group of their users and … [Read More]