Microsoft SQL Server

Why Would I Upgrade to SQL Server 2012?

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):

Download free eBook for SQL Server 2012

Microsoft has released one more free eBook, this time it is on SQL Server 2012. This is the second draft of this book. SQL Server MVP Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner has covered Administration and BI part, there are 10 chapters in total divided in two parts, they are:

Log Buffer #260, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Nothing pleases the technology bloggers more than the moment when somebody thank them for a helpful blog entry. That is one of the many awesome advantages of the technology blogs. In database arena, the developers, DBAs and evangelists are sharing their tips and tricks through their blogs and this Log Buffer Edition is projecting them…

Embedding Perl in SQLite

The extension system is good for anything written in C. So, in theory, I could — probably shouldn’t — but I could write a thin wrapper for a Perl interpreter. At that point, I had no choice. The idea was so preposterous, I had to try it.

Log Buffer #258, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Database blogging is more than about announcing that your last night’s backup was successful. While that’s extremely important to keep track of, the database world across Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server technologies has grown way beyond. This Log Buffer Edition also extends beyond and more in this Log Buffer #258.

HP Cloud starts to Rain!

So HP Cloud is finally yielding for some beta rain since their announcement late September. It started late September when I signed up for private beta testing. Two weeks ago, I got invited to join the beta and start testing the platform, here’s whats offered.

When DBCC INPUTBUFFER disappoints

Today we have an alert from one of the client server about blocking,Yes, I’ve found the culprit SPID that is occupying more resources, using DBCC INPUTBUFFER(SPID). so, instead of seeing what exactly this SPID is doing I have received SP_EXECUTESQL, surprised!!! No, it’s bound to happen when SPID is running dynamic TSQL (using SP_EXECUTESQL) and/or cursor. But, yes, at the same time I would like to know what it is running behind the scene. There are two options that came to my mind

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