Log Backup Danger, Will Robinson!

For databases in Full Recovery Model, log backups should be taken at a frequency that ensures your recovery point objective can be met. So you schedule log backups to occur, setup email notifications so you…

Unreported SQL Server Agent Job Failures

SQL Server Agent provides an easy-to-configure framework for notifying DBAs when jobs fail to run for any reason. Unfortunately, there are circumstances where job failures may not result in SQL Server sending a notification. For…

Language used by the SQL Server binaries

SQL Server binaries come in various languages, such as 日本語 (Japanese), French, and English. It’s pretty easy to determine the language once SQL Server is *running*. A simple query does the trick: SELECT sl.name ,…

How long since you ran DBCC CHECKDB?

If you’re not regularly looking for corrupt databases with DBCC CHECKDB, you’re putting your organization’s data at risk. I run DBCC CHECKDB once per day, or as is reasonably possible. Typically, DBCC CHECKDB is setup…

Index reorg/rebuild script

Index fragmentation may be causing more I/O than necessary for efficient query processing. Fragmentation occurs as a result of inserting items into the middle of the index instead of appending them to the end. Inserting…