Database Settings Changes – Red Handed

One of my pet-peeves (and consequently frequent topic of discussion) is finding database settings (or any setting that has changed) without knowing about it. Worse yet is finding that the change has occurred and nobody […]

New Extended Events for 2016

As we begin to get a grasp of all that is available with SQL Server 2016 and all of the new features, it is a great idea to see what else has been made available […]

Database Drops in SQL 2012

In the previous article on this topic (which can be read here), I discussed the problem of having a database get dropped and the need to find out who dropped the database and when they dropped […]

Reading Extended Event File Session Data

Using Extended Events to trap/trace information allows the trapping of that information to various targets. One of the targets I will frequently tell people to use is the file target. The reasoning for this is the […]

Execution Plans in Extended Events

Extended Events is a wonderful tool. Execution Plans are also some wonderful things – or are a wonderful tool as well. Both of these tools are fantastic for troubleshooting. Combined, they can potentially be even better. […]

Extended Events, Birkenstocks and SQL Server

I bring you yet another installment in the monthly meme called T-SQL Tuesday.  This is the 67th edition, and this time we have been given the opportunity to talk about something I really enjoy – […]

Extended Events and Data Types

Today is another one of those installments in the long-running TSQL Party held monthly (a.k.a TSQL2SDAY). This month we have an open invitation from Mike Donnelly (blog | twitter), asking us to talk about something new […]

Audit who Dropped the Database

In the first article on this topic (which can be read here), I discussed the problem of having a database get dropped and the need to find out who dropped the database and when they […]

On the Ninth Day…

Creating a custom data collector can be very handy for a DBA.  Especially in times of troubleshooting.  These collectors are also quite useful for trending and analysis.  Consider this a tool in the chest for the poor man.