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.

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.