Posts Categorized: Pythian

Reading System Logs on SQL Server

Recently, while I was working on a backup failure issue, I found that it was failing for a particular database. When I ran the backup manually to a different folder it would complete successfully, but not on the folder that it was directed to when the backup jobs were originally configured .  This makes me suspicious about…

So, What Kind of Person Are You?

It’s my not-so-humble opinion that it takes a special kind of ‘someone’ to work in a successful and innovative collective such as Pythian.  We’re a diverse team of thought-leaders, technology forecasters, technical prodigies and individual contributors.  When we look for people to join our global company we’re looking for people who want to see that…

Prepare for the Leap Second

Catch up on how to handle the Leap Second and whether you’re ready for it with our previous updates on the impacts it will have on Cassandra and Linux.   Background Information A leap second will be inserted at the end of June 30, 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC.  There is a small time difference between the…

Pillars of PowerShell: Windows OS

Introduction This is the fifth blog post continuing the series on the Pillars of PowerShell. The previous post in the series are: Interacting Commanding Debugging Profiling The Windows Operating System (OS) is something a DBA should know and be familiar with since SQL Server has to run on top of it. I would say that on…

Tracking ASM Metrics

Collecting ASM IO Metrics If you are an Oracle DBA, then it is quite likely that Oracle ASM is used as the storage management for at least some of the databases you manage. Eventually you will want to see ASM metrics that can be used to track the performance of the storage over time.  There…

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