TechNet Magazine: Effective Database Maintenance article and August SQL Q&A column

Well, we’re just back from vacation (photo blog post to follow) and I’ve heard that the feature article on Effective Database Maintenance I wrote for the August issue of TechNet Magazine is live on the web. It also includes a 5 minute long screencast I recorded where I demo the effect of database shrink on index fragmentation.

You can get to the article at The topics covered are:

  • Managing data and transaction log files
  • Eliminating index fragmentation
  • Ensuring accurate, up-to-date statistics
  • Detected corrupted database pages
  • Establishing an effective backup strategy

It’s written around 2-300 level and presents a good overview (well, at least I think so :-)) of the concepts involved.

Also, the August SQL Q&A column is available at This month’s topics on the web (more in the print magazine) are:

  • Database version changes with upgrades
  • Benefits of partitioning
  • Consistency checking options for VLDBs


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