Defaults In msdb Database

The defaults in the msdb database are about what is missing. It’s missing quite a few things that could be critical to your environment.

Audit SQL Agent Jobs

One probably seldom thinks of the SQL Agent jobs scheduled on the SQL Server instance – unless they fail. What if the job failed because something was changed in the job? Maybe you knew about the change, maybe you didn’t.

Quick Permissions Audit

DBAs often need to figure out who has access to what. When that need arises, it is frequently adequate to just perform a quick permissions audit.

Automating like an Enterprise DBA

One of the things that should seem very commonplace to a data professional is the effort to become a lazy DBA. A lazy DBA is not a bad thing. It just means the DBA works hard to automate the repetitive mundane tasks that may be tedious and/or time consuming.

ArithAbort and SQL Agent Failures

ARITHABORT can be a short termed head scratcher.  Pay close attention to what has changed in the environment.  Test alternatives.  And check those connection strings.

Short Circuiting Your Session

It isn’t very often that one would consider a short circuit to be a desired outcome. In SQL Server we have a cool exception to that rule – Extended Events (XE).

Automatic Tuning Monitoring and Diagnostics

Thanks to Extended Events (XE), we have access to a guide of sorts that will help us better understand if our shiny new tool (automatic tuning) is operating as desired.

Event Tracing for Windows Target

There are many useful targets within SQL Server’s Extended Events. Of all of the targets, the most daunting is probably the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) target. The ETW target represents doing something that is new for most DBAs which means spending a lot of time trying to learn the technology and figure out the little nuances and the difficulties that it can present.

Checking your Memory with XE

It is well known and understood that SQL Server requires a substantial amount of memory. SQL Server will also try to consume as much memory as possible from the available system memory – if you let it. Sometimes, there will be some contention / pressure with the memory.