Detail Job History – Back to Basics

With this script, I have the ability to quick show which step is failing, what the command is for that step, what kind of process is running on that step, any passwords (in the event of an SSIS password), and of course the failure frequency. This is golden information at the fingertips. There is no need to click through the GUI to gather this information. You can get it quickly and easily in one fell swoop.

Job History – Back to Basics

An important part of any DBAs job is to ensure database related jobs are running prim and proper. Sometimes that just doesn’t happen. When jobs are being overlooked, it is useful to be able to gather data related to consistency of job success or failure. This script will help you in your investigation efforts.

Public Role Permissions – Back to Basics

If you are being serious in your role, then the amount of times you grant permissions to the public role should either be a) never, b) when you want to have a data breach, or c) you are testing in a sandbox to improve your skills.

Indexed Views – Performance Panacea or Plight

An indexed view is a view where the result set from the query (the view definition) becomes materialized in lieu of the virtual table result set of a standard (non-indexed) view. Many times we see that an indexed view would be created to help improve performance. Far too often, an indexed view is created without consideration for the costs of the indexed view.

Connect To SQL Server – Back to Basics

The first critical task any data professional should ever learn how to do is how to connect to SQL Server. Without a connection to SQL Server, there is barely anything one could do to be productive in the data professional world (for SQL Server).

An Experiment with Deadlocks

There seems to be a myth out there that when deadlocks come a-knocking, then just throw this little directive (ROWLOCK) at it and all will be well. This is total fiction and we will explore that in this article.

The Curiously Large CASE Statement

A powerful little expression in SQL Server is the CASE statement. The CASE statement has the ability to “transform” data per business rules to help better understand the data in a given query. In the simplest form, the CASE statement is a statement that evaluates a list of conditions (in order) and returns the first matching result expressions.

Disk Space and SQL Server

One of the frequently required job functions of the database administrator is to track disk space consumption. Whether this requirement comes from management or from a learning opportunity after a production outage, the need exists.

Interview Trick Questions

Anybody that has interviewed for a job has most likely run into the trick question. Some interviewers like to throw out multiple trick questions all in an effort to trip up the candidate and get the candidate to doubt him/her self.

Defaults In msdb Database

The defaults in the msdb database are about what is missing. It’s missing quite a few things that could be critical to your environment.