How To Avoid Orphaned Database Users with SQL Server Authentication

One common issue that database administrators often run into is the old, familiar “orphaned” user problem. This happens when you use SQL Server Authentication to create a SQL Server login on your database server. When you do this, SQL Server generates a unique SID for that SQL Server login. After you create the SQL Server […]

New Versions of Useful Tools for SQL Server

There is a completely rewritten version of Geekbench, which is a very useful cross-platform processor and memory performance benchmark that you can use for comparing and validating processor and memory performance on anything from your laptop to a very expensive database server in just a few minutes, with no configuration of the benchmark needed. As […]

SQL Server 2012 Diagnostic Information Queries for August 2013

I have gone through and made some minor updates and bug fixes for all of my SQL Server 2012 Diagnostic Information Queries for this month, along with adding two new queries at the end of the script. The links for the queries and the blank results spreadsheet are below. SQL Server 2012 Diagnostic Information Queries                […]

Experiments with SQL Server VLFs, Part 1

Since SQL Server 2012 is relatively easy to install and get running, using just the default configuration settings, I thought it would be interesting to explore the negative performance effects of some of these default configuration settings, using a simple, repeatable test. My test machine is a desktop machine with an Intel Core i7-3770K processor […]

Building an Intel Haswell Desktop System for SQL Server 2012 Development

The 22nm 4th generation Intel Core desktop processors (aka Haswell) have been available for sale for a couple of months now, so I have had some requests to put together a suggested component list for a desktop system that would be suitable for SQL Server 2012 development and testing usage. As you may know, the […]

24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview

I had the opportunity to present a preview session of my upcoming day-long pre con, Scaling SQL Server 2012 for the last slot of the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview starting at 5:00AM Mountain Time on August 1. I think the session went pretty well, after some initial technical difficulties on my part. The […]