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…

Inspect server and session User Options in effect

SQL Server can be configured to provide certain behavior to client sessions, via the SET OPTIONS= command, or via the sys.sp_configure ‘user options’ system stored procedure. The SET OPTIONS= command only affects the current session,…

SQL Saturday #837 Winnipeg – March 2nd 2019

SQL Saturday is coming to Winnipeg, for the 2nd time, on March 2nd, 2019 at the Red River Community College – Downtown Campus! SQL Saturday #837 Winnipeg should be a fantastic event; the last SQL…

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:

However, if…

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…