Tag Archive for SQL Server 2008 R2

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STATS_DATE() Doesn’t Indicate The Validity of Statistics

From time to time, you might have caught yourself in a conversation similar to the following: Fred: Hey folks, we have a query that isn’t working right anymore? Wilma: I wonder if there’s a problem with the statistics.  Maybe they are out of date. Barney: I checked the statistics with STATS_DATE() and they are really…

Can You Dig It? – Determining Index Plan Usage

A while back I was asked, if you can use the plan cache to determine which plans are using specific indexes.  The answer is, of course, yes, you can.  And it’s important that people, especially DBAs, understand how to do this.  Usually during index analysis, we concern ourselves with whether an index is being used.…

T-SQL Tuesday #025 – Share Your Tricks #TSQL2sDay

Another month and it’s another T-SQL Tuesday.  This month we are being hosted by Allen White (Blog | @SQLRunr) and the topic is to Share Your Tricks. One of my favorite things to do in SQL Server is to run queries against the plan cache.  Within there, you have the ability to see what SQL…

SSWUG SSIS Expo Event This Friday

If you are looking for a little training on SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) without having to leave the comforts of your cubicle – this is your week.  This Friday (11/19/2011), SSWUG will be hosting an expo titled “Building and Developing with SQL Server Integration Services”. The event will consist of four sessions that will…

Pain of the Week: Understanding Your Indexes

Want to take a few minutes out of your day on to learn a bit more about indexes?  On Thursday, I’ll be presenting at Quest’s Pain of the Week webcast.  The session will be Understanding Your Indexes: Operational Stats. There’s a lot that goes on under the covers of SQL Server with your indexes. But…

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Tomorrow

Tomorrow is time for part two of my presentations this month on Extended Events for the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter.  If you missed the first part of this series, you can watch it before hand here. Below are the details on the event and the session description… Extended Events, Work Smarter Not Harder – Part…

Speaking at PASS DBA Virtual Chapter

If you are looking to become more familiar with extended events, take a gander at this month’s DBA Virtual Chapter meeting.  I’ll be presenting at both of the meetings for the month. The first meeting will cover the basics and some information on where Extended Events is going.  The second will cover some deeper content…