Capture the Flag – The Trace Flag

Despite the controls in place there always seems to be some change that is unknown or even some cowboy that makes changes as s/he sees fit and forgets to notify people or follow process.

Ghosts in your Database

Yes Virginia, there are ghosts in your database.  More specifically, there are ghosts in your SQL Server database.  They are not there to haunt you.  They are not there just for this holiday season (speaking of Halloween Month).

How can there be ghosts in the database?

Why would there be ghosts in the database?

Do they happen because somebody issued a KILL statement?

Internal Tables and Space Used

Some of the beauty of SQL Server is the complexity that it holds. Some of that complexity is right before our eyes. And some of that requires a little bit of diving into the internals to figure out what is happening or even why it is complex.

Last Execution of a Proc

SQL Server is full of good stuff.  There are plenty of features to be used.  Plenty of applications to help it.  And there is even plenty of metadata within SQL Server to help you better […]

Trapping Online Index Operations

Recently I wrote an article about Capturing Online Index Operations.  In that article, I discussed a problem that I had encountered.  Well, there were multiple problems.  One was an issue with a vendor app that […]

Ghosts – an eXtrasensory Experience

Really, at this point what is there that hasn’t been done about the ghosts?  Well, if you are well tuned to these apparitions, you may have received the urge to explore them with Extended Events – sometimes called XE for short.

Database Ghosts

Recently you may have seen my first article on this topic over at SQL Solutions Group.  If not, here is the link so you can read that article first before proceeding here.  This article is […]