Cleanup Backup History

While looking at long running queries today I noticed that one of our worst performing queries was a monitoring tool that checked when the last backup ran. SELECT database_name = DB_NAME(DB_ID([database_name])) ,         type = [type] ,         backup_start_date = MAX([backup_start_date]) ,         backup_finish_date = MAX([backup_finish_date]) FROM    msdb..backupset WHERE   DB_ID([database_name]) IS NOT NULL GROUP BY DB_NAME(DB_ID([database_name])) ,[type] I had... Continue Reading →

CDC Jobs missing after Database Restore

We use Change Data Capture (cdc) in our production environment on a few tables so we can do some asynchronous processing of data. Our developers have a pre-deployment environment which is a nightly restore of our nightly backups (this has an added bonus of testing our nightly backups). Usually the testers don't care about testing the CDC... Continue Reading →

Failing Mirror Backups

Failing Backups! Is there anything more worrying for a DBA? Recently we have been having multiple failures a week for our full and differential backups. We use Ola Hallengren's backup scripts, and unless you are using a 3rd party product, you should be using Ola's scripts as they are amazing and so simple to use. We... Continue Reading →

Using named pipes

We run Analysis Services on the same server as an asynchronous copy of  SQL (mainly for licensing reasons). We have been having problems when processing the cube that it drops the TCP connection to SQL. It was suggested that we use Named Pipes instead of TCP connections. We don't want to turn off TCP completely, so... Continue Reading →

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