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Log Buffer #262, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This week is packed with conference news, birthdays, tutorials, awards, and much more. From Pythian proud recipient of HIO Employer Excellence Award to the health checks of SQL Server, and from hints in stored outlines to the birthday of Paul Vallee, this Log Buffer Edition has it all in Log Buffer #262.

Moving MSDB to a New Location

In recent past we had a situation where in, we were required to move MSDB, Model and Master databases to a new location, the reason being a faulty drive. While moving the system databases to the new location we needed to be extra cautious. Let’s see the process step-by-step.

A Contact Sheet for your Website

I’m in the throes of a major redesign of the site of my comic book, Académie des Chasseurs de Primes. Like any of those redesign, it involves a lot of CSS whack-a-mole. Fine-tuning one page throws a second one slightly off another, and fixing that second one causes unforseen effects on a third one. And so on, and so bloody forth. Generally, to discover those oopsies, I have to navigate the whole site. Bah, humbug. Wouldn’t it be much efficient to have a single document showing all of the site’s page? Something like a contact sheet for the website, if you will. Well, let’s see how hard that would be.

Why would I upgrade to SQL Server 2012 ? PART I: Database engine

The process of upgrading SQL Server is usually time consuming, costs money and requires availability of human resources. If you don’t see the immediate need…Why bother?! Before deciding on upgrading, you should be aware of the new features and make sure you will really benefit by the upgrade. From our experience at Pythian with dozens of clients and hundreds of environments, what could be worth upgrading to SQL Server 2012?
Here are some of the top features related to the database engine (Part I):

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