Automate Credit Card Audits

In this article, I have shown how to use the power of automation to help identify the risk of having card data stored in the database. Identifying this risk is essential to helping maintain the trust of your clientele and protecting your companies most valuable asset – the data!

Unconscious Bias

This article helps to unearth a cultural issue that each individual needs to address on a personal level. Bias is an enemy to productive conversation.

Disappearing Data Files

This article has just shared the power of XEvents and yet another use in helping to audit the database environment for changes. Not only do we have this powerful tool at our disposal for troubleshooting, but it is there for use as an audit tool as well as to help us create an RCA when needed.  

Extended Events Gets a New Home

One of the most versatile and awesome power tools given to SQL Server now has a new home! This new home will serve as a fabulous repository of extensive resources and articles on the XEvents feature.

Audit Logons with Extended Events

This article shows how to audit the logon events for SQL Server 2012 and beyond through the use of XEvents.

Decoded Statistics Names and More

Auto-generated statistics names can seem like they are entirely random, but there is a method to the madness. With a little effort and a bit of TSQL trickery, we can decode those names and reveal what the names really mean. 

Collation Conflict with Extended Events

The default collation for SQL Server is a pretty bad idea. Sure, it works but so does SQL Server 7. When you have the opportunity to update to more current technologies, it is a good idea. Sometimes though, that upgrade can come with some pain. This article shows how to alleviate one such pain point by fixing problems related to collation conflicts and XE.

Window Shopping the Query Store with XEvents

This article has just shared multiple tools to help you become more acquainted with the Query Store! This acquaintance is coming via an extremely powerful tool called Extended Events. Through the use of these two sessions and two additional scripts, this article demonstrates how to become more familiar with the internals for QDS.

Top 3 Database Life Hacks

Three very powerful but simple hacks that can give you back dozens of minutes per day.