File Maintenance – Cleaning Up Old Files

We have all run into a need or a desire to clean up old stale files from the file system, whether it be to remove old backup files or flat files that are created from one process or another.  And based on this need/desire, we have all come up with a method to help with achieve that goal.

PowerShell ISE Crashes

Working with PowerShell brings a lot of advantages and power to help manage a server. The more current your PoSh version, the more efficiently you will be able to manage your server. Sometimes getting to the current PoSh versions comes with a little pain such as ISE crashes.

Syspolicy Phantom Health Records

SQL Server comes with a default SQL agent job installed (for most installations) to help manage the collection of system health data. I would dare say this job is ignored by most people and few probably even know it exists. This job is the syspolicy_purge_history job.

SQL Server Configurations – Back to Basics

One thing that SQL Server does very well is come pre-configured in a lot of ways. These pre-configured settings would be called defaults. Having default settings is not a bad thing nor is it necessarily a good thing.

Common Tempdb Trace Flags – Back to Basics

In this article I introduce you to some basics in regards to default behaviors and settings in tempdb along with some best practices. It is advisable to investigate from time to time some of these recommendations and confirm what we are really being told so we can avoid confusion and mis-interpretation.

Changing Default Logs Directory – Back to Basics

In this article I will explore altering the default logs directory location. Some may say this is no big deal and you can just use the default location used during install. Fair enough, there may not be massive need to change that location

Incorrect Syntax – What?

Intuitive errors are very helpful when trying to troubleshoot a problem. On the other hand, when we receive an error that is vague, we sometimes find ourselves wanting to throw the laptop out the window. What do we do though when the error message really does look to be pretty intuitive but we can’t figure out where the problem is?

What’s that SSIS Password

From time to time it is necessary to find a way into an SSIS package that is password protected. This article will help you find your way in to be able to support the package in the event of emergency.

Drop That Schema

An often under utilized or maybe even mis-utilized feature of SQL Server is a database object schema. In the event of the latter, there is an occasional requirement for change.

Day 12 – High CPU and Bloat in Distribution

This is the final installment in the 12 day series for SQL tidbits during this holiday season. Previous articles in this mini-series on quick tidbits: SQL Sat LV announcement Burning Time Reviewing Peers Broken Broker […]