Why oh Why? Effects of Antivirus on a DB Server

At best these phantom backups cause undue headache in troubleshooting. At worst, they make it impossible to recover in the event of a database related disaster. Join me for a troubleshooting journey involving phantom backups.

The Mystery of Missing Backup Files

Managing database backups is a critical role of the successful DBA. Understanding what the backup plan is and ensuring backups occur on schedule is not always transparent to the DBA as exposed in this tale.

Endpoint Owners – Back to Basics

“What the heck is an endpoint?” Well, that is a good question. An endpoint in the simplest form is a connection or point of entry into SQL server.

Parse Dynamics AX Context Info

In this article I will only be discussing the AX product and an easy tweak to make troubleshooting that product much easier from the perspective of the database administrator. This tweak is to enable the context info from within the administration console.

User Contains Invalid Characters – Back to Basics

While creating database users, it is possible to encounter an invalid character error message. This article will help clarify the error message.

What Agent Job is Running – Back to Basics

It is quite common to be required to investigate performance issues on the server. With this, it is occasionally necessary to be able to interpret an obfuscated job name. Learn how to do that in this article.

Database Backups – Back to Basics

In this article, we will explore database backups. More specifically, how do you truly know if you have a successful backup? Here’s a hint: it has to deal with restores.

Database Backup History – Back to Basics

In this article I explore the basic of querying backup history data as a foundation to reporting on essentials such as storage and job management.

Last Restore of a Database – Back to Basics

In this article I explore the basics around how to determine when a database was last restored.

Compressing Encrypted Backups

A common requirement, whether it be based out of pure want or truly out of necessity, is to make a large database backup file, that is encrypted, be much smaller.