Unicode, Emojis and Databases Oh My!

Explore an easy method to create a table of all unicode (and emoji) characters to store within your database environment. This easy solution can save you a significant amount of time as you become more familiar with the world of code points and special characters.

Creative XE Sessions – Funky Data

Playing around with emojis in a database is a fun endeavor. Not only is it fun to play with for personal growth, but it does have some business advantages.

Creative Extended Event Sessions

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Sometimes, a picture for an event session just may be able to say it better than 50-60 letters used to try and describe the session.

Creative Database Naming

Every now and again, we as DBAs need to get away from the daily grind of the hum drum tasks. We need to find a way to have a little fun and this article shows how!

Cannot Open Backup Device

When running into error 1326, it makes plenty of sense to try to create a backup dump device (only as a testing exercise) as well as test the connectivity to the UNC path from the local server instead of a remote server.

Negative Port Numbers

Validating your server setup is an integral component of your duties as a SQL Server DBA. When performing those validations, it is possible to run into an intriguing difference in reported port values.

Get a List of Files with Data

The trick here is to find a way to search thousands of files quickly and filter easily the bad from the good. Sounds like an opportunity for an automation or script.

Where is that Mask?

In this article, I share one easy script that could help eliminate one database feature as a culprit to an anomalous data masking suddenly getting enabled.

Easy Audit Index Changes

When looking for an easy method to audit Index changes, one of the first technologies to try really should be Extended Events (xevents).