Creating SQL Server Agent Alerts for Critical Errors

One necessary part of being a responsible DBA is to try to configure your SQL Server instances in such a manner so they will be as reliable as possible. This begins with how you initially install and configure the operating system and SQL Server, and what you do over time to maintain and monitor your […]

Performance Related Fixes in Post-SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Builds

As you may be aware if you have been reading my blogs or books over the years, I am a pretty strong advocate of staying current with both SQL Server Service Packs and SQL Server Cumulative Updates. This is also something that SQLskills recommends on our customer engagements. Despite this, it is still quite common […]

Most Recent Cumulative Updates for SQL Server

Here are the most recent cumulative updates for SQL Server 2012, 2008 R2 and 2008. SQL Server 2012 RTM CU10 (11.0.2420)          released on October 21, 2013 SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU6 (11.0.3381)            released on September 16, 2013 If you are on SQL Server 2012, both RTM and Service Pack 1 are still a “supported service […]

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CU9

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CU9, which is Build 10.50.4295. This CU has eighteen hotfixes in the public fix list. Some of the more important ones are listed below: FIX: Poor performance when SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 requires memory from a local node in a NUMA environment FIX: […]

CPU-Z Version 1.67 is Available

On October 12, 2013, Frank Delattre released CPU-Z 1.67, which has some support for some new processors and a new validation tool. Even though CPU-Z was originally developed for the hardware enthusiast over-clocking community, it actually is very valuable for server administrators and for database professionals. First, it lets you identify your exact processor model, […]

SQL Server 2012 RTM Cumulative Update 10

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2012 RTM Cumulative Update 10 (Build 11.0.2420). This CU only has four fixes in the Public hotfix list. Two for SSAS, one for SSRS, and one for the Database Tuning Advisor (DTA). From a Database Engine perspective, there is not too much to get excited about for this particular cumulative […]

PASS Summit 2013 Summary

The PASS Summit 2013 was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a big change from the usual location in Seattle. This new location may have been more successful in attracting what seemed to be an unusually high number of first-time attendees, which I think is a good thing. I heard fewer complaints during the […]

Performance Related Fixes in Post-SQL Server 2012 SP1 Builds

There have already been six Cumulative Updates (CU) for the Service Pack 1 branch of SQL Server 2012. There have been a fairly high number of hotfixes in every one of these early Cumulative Updates, as more people are using SQL Server 2012 over time. SQL Server 2012 SP1 has all of the fixes through […]