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HOW TO Create Windows PE Bootable USB in 2016

In an earlier article, I discussed how to create a Windows PE disk using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8.1 Update. Like all things in life, the information changes and that is why I try to do my best to update […]

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HOW TO: Use ROBOCOPY to Move SQL Files

As you know I recently blogged an article about attending SQL Saturday #493 in Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley) and this is where I met Tim Ford (Blog | Twitter) for the first time. During his presentation, he asked for fellow bloggers to write about entry level topics. He stated that from time to time […]

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SQL Saturday #493 (Silicon Valley)

I have been really lucky the past two weeks as I was able to attend two separate SQL Saturday events back to back. For me, it is a day where I can both learn and talk with others about my passion with Microsoft SQL Server. The latest SQL Saturday #493 in Mountain View, CA (Silicon […]

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SQL Saturday #511 (Redmond)

One of the things I really look forward to recently is SQL Saturday as it is a day where I can both learn and talk with others about my passion with Microsoft SQL Server. The latest SQL Saturday #511 in Redmond on 2 April 2016 was no exception to this wonderful community of SQL server […]

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How to: Move SQL Databases (System)

This is the second article about moving system databases and I just got motivated writing it after reading Erik Darling‘s article Moving Databases with ALTER DATABASE. I wrote my rough draft in an earlier article (that I ended up putting up on my site) on how to move system databases in SQL Server 2008R2. In […]

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How to: Move SQL Databases (User)

This is an article that I have been meaning to write for a while and I just got motivated writing it after reading Erik Darling‘s article Moving Databases with ALTER DATABASE. I wrote my rough draft in an earlier article (that I ended up putting up on my site) on how to move system databases […]

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Moving the System Databases in SQL Server 2008R2

One of the more common tasks you will encounter in moving a system or user database from one physical location to another location. For example, Microsoft recommends that we place our backups, data files, transaction logs and tempdb files on four separate drives. However, the installer by default will place the system databases (Master, Model […]

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Types of MSSQL Joins

In Microsoft SQL Server, we have four types of joins. We use these joins to fetch data from multiple tables that are based on a condition. A join condition is a relationship among some columns in the data tables that take part in SQL join. Basically data tables are related to each other with keys. […]

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Language components of Structured Query Language (SQL)

Recently, I have been working on improving my querying ability in Microsoft SQL and have been reading Itzik Ben-Gan’s book. I thought I had written this topic in an earlier and to my surprise I was wrong. A good fundamental bit of information to know as I progress through data structures and the language used to […]

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HOW TO: Find the Physical host of a VM in Hyper-V

With the rising popularity of virtual machines, you may find yourself one day logging into a server troubleshooting an issue. Then all of a sudden it occurs to you that you are not sure if this machine is Physical or Virtual. Better yet you know this is a VM, but you are not sure which […]

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Creating a SQL Server mirror on an existing mirror

This is an article that I have been meaning to write for months. It was very exciting for me when I was trying to solve this issue and I was even more pleased with performing this task when I found a few DBA’s had never attempted this operation. I want to share that knowledge with […]

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Extend Windows 2008 R2 “activation grace” period

If you are like me, you might be testing new machines in a lab environment or making videos or blogs about new features. Virtualization has helped in numerous ways to facilitate this new learning. It helps to spin up new machines to test or validate these many different configurations. You also might be like me […]

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Update to an earlier article… Ola Recommendations for his script

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay in writing new content, but a lot of stuff has been going on for me. For the meantime, I will just say that the change of everyday life and the challenges (or opportunities depending on your point of view) that it will present you as we do our best to get […]

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Introduction to SQL Server Recovery Advisor

Backup and more importantly Restore operations are essential database maintenance tasks. I think Buck Woody said it best; we do not have a backup strategy as much as a restore strategy that defines our worth to an organization. You can watch his comment here Session1: Blitz! SQL Server Takeovers Having a good backup and restore plan in […]

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OLA Recommendations for his script

In an earlier article, I spoke about Ola Hallengren’s highly recommended database maintenance scripts. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about configuring his script in hopes that you don’t just download it and click execute without making some changes. Before I even think about executing Ola’s maintenance script, I configure SQL server to […]

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HOW TO FIX: RESTORE cannot operate on database because it is configured for database mirroring.

Recently a friend of mine asked me for help when he was not able to get a database out of restoring mode. When he tried to restore the database to the latest backup, he got this error message below: Msg 3104, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 RESTORE cannot operate on database ‘VirtualManagerDB’ because it […]

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SQL Server Default Database Backup Syntax Values

Every so often I see an article talking about TSQL Database backups and they give an example like the one below: BACKUP DATABASE [AdventureWorks]  TO DISK = N’C:\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Backup\AdventureWorks.bak’ WITH NOFORMAT, NOINIT, NAME = N’AdventureWorks-Full Database Backup’, NOSKIP, REWIND, UNLOAD, STATS = 10  GO Or I may run into a co-worker or friend who passes along a SQL backup job and I see the […]

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New Tool: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Performance Dashboard Reports

I been meaning to blog about this great feature for some time. It was released earlier this year, like way back in March of 2012. It is a report of your SQL server’s health in a very quick method and it is very simple, plus easy to install. Overview The SQL Server 2012 Performance Dashboard […]

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Set the Command line properties (i.e. Quick Edit) with PowerShell

If you are like me, you get annoyed at having to do the same thing over and over… especially, if it is tedious and goes on for hours, I am sorry, but I get bored very easily in that situation. One thing I get to do a lot on a daily basis is log into many different […]

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HOW TO: Use the Database Engine Tuning Advisor in Microsoft SQL Server

Before we begin, I want to provide a little background on this tool. Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) is a component of SQL Server Management Studio, which is an integral part of Microsoft SQL Server, the database management application. This tool is used for improving query performances by examining the way queries are processed and […]

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