Getting intimate with Brent Ozar (The First Responder Kit)

Imagine this scenario, you are a database professional at your place of business and you look after a mountain of SQL Server databases and it is a battle just to keep the lights on.  If this sounds like you then you need all the help you can get. You can find this help from https://www.BrentOzar.com/first-aid/ where Brent, his team and community members (found here https://github.com/BrentOzarULTD/SQL-Server-First-Responder-Kit/graphs/contributors) have developed something known as the First Responder Kit and let me tell you, it will make your life “easier”. (In the long term)

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Why did my SQL Server database just go offline?

Note: This post contains a video clip where I show quirky behaviour of the scripted offline task. Personally I rarely use SQL Server Management Studio GUI to do day-to-day tasks, I rather just load a window and start typing stuff (I learn better that way). Recently I became lazy and just loaded up the tool and found something quite quirky, let me explain.

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TDE: Looking inside your database and backups

TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) encrypts the data files at rest but don’t forget that it also encrypts your backup file too. I fancied looking inside the MDF and a backup of my database before enabling TDE and comparing it to when enabled.

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Extreme situations require extreme commands

The title is adapted from a child-hood movie of mine and is my daily (database-related) WTF moment and it is my entry for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday found: http://www.pontop.dk/single-post/2017/03/07/Announcing-T-SQL-Tuesday-88-%E2%80%93-The-daily-database-related-WTF

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SQL Server Target vs Total Memory

For this blog post I want to discuss the meaning behind SQL Server: Memory Manager\Target Server Memory (KB) and SQL Server: Memory Manager \Total memory (KB) Perfmon counters.  I will mention how under different situations and configuration settings their behaviour changes.

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SSMS Presenter Mode

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) release candidate 17.0 RC2 works side-by-side with generally available releases (16.x), but it is not recommended for production use. There are many enhancements which you can read here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-ssms-release-candidate but there is one feature I really like. It is called Presenter Mode and it is something I will use for my upcoming presentation. (Yes you read that right – might as well try presenting because apparently I like talking)

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