1 July 2020 - Bill Graziano
At one of my clients, I've seen the benefits of using tools like Puppet to push configurations to servers. I've long tried to write idempotent configuration scripts for my servers. Those are scripts that can be run multiple times without changing the end result. They try to bring the server
28 April 2020 - Bill Graziano
I've always had a love-hate relationship with linked servers. On one hand, they are very easy to use and query. On the other they can be a pain to configure, secure, and performance tune.
I wrote about naming linked servers in 2011. After living with various schemes, I'm happy with
7 July 2019 - Bill Graziano
I found the time to update ClearTrace to support Extended Events. You can download ClearTrace for Extended Events from my corporate site. A few notes about this build
11 November 2018 - Most Valuable Yak (Rob Volk)
HOLY COW!! I was once again selected to participate in Speaker Idol at PASS Summit, and I advanced to the final! Many thanks to PASS for providing the Speaker Idol sessions, and even more thanks to Denny Cherry for originating, arranging and hosting the event for all these years.
17 July 2018 - Bill Graziano
Checklist for successfully running a GO executable as a Windows service
13 June 2018 - Bill Graziano
xelogstash is a great way to send SQL Server Extended Events to Logstash and Elastic Search and Kibana (ELK)
16 May 2018 - Bill Graziano
I have finally jumped on the Extended Events bandwagon. It was tough to pry Trace and Profiler from my cold, legacy hands! But I'm mostly there. I'm still working on a good way to hook up ClearTrace to these things. It might be as simple as requiring you to pull
15 May 2018 - Bill Graziano
It's finally time to push another release of Is It SQL out the door. This has a few big features I've been working on.
First, it handles remote Availability Group backups properly. In an AG, you can run a backup on a secondary node. IsItSQL now finds backups on
SSMS Tools Pack 4.7 is out with new features (Expand SELECT *, Find Item in Object Explorer), and a few bug fixes
28 March 2018 - Mladen Prajdić
SQL Editor Plus New: Expand SELECT * to show columns from the tables, views, UDFs, CTEs, etc used in your query. New: Quickly find an object in Object Explorer by pressing F12.
11 October 2017 - Mladen Prajdić
Full support for SSMS 17 All reported issues during the beta support have been resolved. Connection Coloring Connection Coloring is now improved by coloring the server/database in Object Explorer as well.
5 October 2017 - Bill Graziano
Today, through various snafus and situations, I found myself waiting a LONG time for a lock to clear up. Here's how I got an alert to pop up on my phone (an iPhone) when that stupid SPID finally rolled back.
You'll need to have database mail configured and ready to
25 September 2017 - Most Valuable Yak (Rob Volk)
I’m extremely honored to have been chosen once again to participate in Speaker Idol at PASS Summit 2017! I’m in deep trouble too, considering the contestants this year: https://www.dcac.co/syndication/your-pass-summit-2017-speaker-idol-contestants-are I’ve previously blogged about why Speaker Idol is such a great opportunity: http://weblogs.
27 July 2017 - Bill Graziano
I'd like to tell you this release has some great unifying theme. It doesn't. It's just a bunch of things I felt like fixing.
But let's start with tags. That's what I originally wanted to focus on for this release. The first change is to separate out the user-tags from
11 May 2017 - Bill Graziano
It's finally time to push Is It SQL 1.0.25 out the door. I sent it to the newsletter subscribers last week and we haven't discovered any problems yet.
Before upgrading, please read the README in the zip file! Especially if you have custom connection strings and this is
20 April 2017 - Bill Graziano
The latest release of Is It SQL now shows missing backups.
The top section gives you a summary of all servers with missing backups and the bottom section lists each individual database that doesn't have a good backup. Right now a "good" full backup is defined as
31 December 2016 - Bill Graziano
One of my clients has applications that use MSDTC. We’re spinning up a SQL Server 2016 Availability Group to take advantage of the MSDTC support it introduced. Most of these distributed transactions take place across linked servers. And of course the new servers are in a new domain with
19 December 2016 - Bill Graziano
The latest release of Is It SQL is out and includes a variety of features. I’d like to start with some screen shots of previous features. First up is database mirroring. You can see the mirroring status of a database when looking at the databases for a particular server.
28 November 2016 - Mladen Prajdić
Beta support for SSMS 2017 RC1 Beta support for SSMS 17 RC1. Due to beta status this might have various bugs. Since SSMS 17 RC1 has just been released and is not recommended for production use the SSMS Tools Pack for it might run into various issues as well.
10 November 2016 - Bill Graziano
Release 1.0.22 is out and available at the Is It SQL home page. The biggest feature here is database mirroring.
There are two ways to see database mirroring. The first is on a server page it will show the databases that are mirrored. There is also a global
4 October 2016 - Denise McInerney
As part of the PASS Board election process community members can provide statements of support that are included in a candidate's application. I was pleased to provide such a statement on behalf of Wendy Pastrick.
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