If you know about DBCC CHECKDB then most likely you will know about DBCC CHECKTABLE. Quite simply this command performs primitive system-catalog consistency checks, per-table consistency checks on the single table specified, and cross-table consistency checks on indexed views that reference the specified table. (Page 899 Microsoft SQL Server Internals 2012, Chapter 14, Page 899, Paul Randal)
I worked on testing interleaved execution with Microsoft back in January, I didn’t do much, just tested the functionality against some in-house code we had. (If you need a detailed primer on the subject, please see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlserverstorageengine/2017/04/19/introducing-interleaved-execution-for-multi-statement-table-valued-functions/)
With Halloween around the corner what better topic to discuss than phantom reads. A phantom read occurs when rows have been inserted after a read operation and becomes visible in a follow-up read operation within the same transaction.
I love the query store, it is powerful (can be dangerous) , easy to use and packed full of information. I use it frequently across my local SQL Servers and Azure SQL Database.
So I had a corruption issue and I was thinking about running repair but I wanted to know what would potentially get deleted.
Let’s work through some code to do an encrypted backup. This feature is available to you if you are using SQL Server 2014 onwards but I decided to use SQL Server 2017.
To encrypt during backup, you must specify an encryption algorithm, and an “encryptor” to secure the encryption key. I have decided to use the following options:
- Encryption Algorithm: AES 256
- Encryptor: A certificate
Here is a quick Extended Events script I knocked up where I wanted to track Tempdb file size changes for both the data and log file. I wanted to know who caused the tempdb growth, when it was done, what the T-SQL was and what sizes were involved. Not exactly complicated but hopefully useful.
You have the ability to actually pause SQL Server, if you are in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), you might have noticed it as the below image.
Have you ever wanted SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17 to have a dark theme? Seeing the below image (visual experience color theme options) really got me excited.
Did you know that SQL Server tracks suspect pages and puts the details into the msdb database in a table called suspect_pages? Well it does, but the question I want answering is what happens if the page within the suspect pages table is fixed? Does it automatically get removed/updated or do we as the administrators have to do anything manually?