Oct
6
2017

Modern Servicing Model (Service Pack and Cumulative Updates) for SQL Server 2017 and onwards

With SQL Server 2017 GA announcement for October-2 2017, Microsoft is introducing changes to the servicing model through GDRs, CUs and SPs.   Excerpt from article published:   —————————————–   The Modern Servicing Model   Starting with SQL Server 2017, we are adopting a simplified, predictable mainstream servicing lifecycle: SPs will no longer be made available. Only CUs, and GDRs when needed. CUs will now accommodate localized content, allowing new feature completeness and supportability enhancements […]

Oct
3
2017

Fix: SSMS 2012 opening Debug window when pressing F5

During my evaluation of SQL Server 2014, I happened to face a problem, when I hit the F5 key in the Object Explorer, the SSMS was starting the Debug action instead of Refresh.Usually most of them will be happy for F5=Refresh and F5=Query Execution. Here is the procedure to Re-assign F5 key to refresh action in SQL Server Management Studio. Open Management Studio Go to Tools >> Options Expand Environment >> Keyboard >> Keyboard In […]

Oct
3
2017

Windows Cluster Asymmetric Disks – In Always ON Clusters

Starting Windows 2012, Windows cluster supports asymmetric disks which is required for Cluster participating in Always ON technology hence is a useful concept to be aware of,   http://www.sqlserverfaq.net/2012/09/16/when-do-we-need-asymmetric-storage-with-alwayson-fci-and-availability-storage/   https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/493bf438-eb9d-405c-81c5-42aaa31eef8a/configure-asymmetric-storage-for-crosssite-windows-failover-cluster?forum=winserverClustering  

Oct
3
2017

SQL Server End to End Encryption – Always Encrypt, SSL

As we know the solution for SQL Server Data at rest encryption is TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) but what if application need End to End data encryption for PII fields, the solution is Always Encrypt columns in SQL 2016 Ent. Ed., from support DBA perspective it’s more of setting it up and supporting it but major liability lies with application developer, they need to validate and implement solution in first place; certainly there are few […]

Sep
28
2017

Capture High CPU consuming process using Process Explorer

As a DBA we encounter situations when CPU is high on a DB server but DB is not consuming any CPU, we can see the processes consuming high CPU but don’t know how to identify that what process is doing causing issue and in cases where process is an encapsulated process like wscript.exe or any other system process we generally recommend server reboot but that generally washes out all logging; now as a DBA we […]

Sep
28
2017

Change SQL Server collation of master database

To change server collation following steps needs to be done,   Use the SQL Server set up, and run the following command from the folder where set up file is located,   Imp Note: this will rebuild master database and subsequently all information like user db, logins, jobs (msdb) will be lost, script out everything as described below before triggering the command.   <sql server media folder>:/Setup.exe /QUIET /ACTION=REBUILDDATABASE /INSTANCENAME=INSTANAMEHERE /SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS=DOMAINNAME\SERVICEACCOUNNTNAME /SAPWD= SAPASSWORD /SQLCOLLATION=SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AI (The […]

May
25
2017

Antivirus Exclusion List for SQL Server

After struggling a lot and working with vendor, identified list of exclusions for SQL Server related to Anti Virus Software (McAfee, Symantec, etc.), the details can be found in this link, last one is important as it impacts performance.   https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/309422/how-to-choose-antivirus-software-to-run-on-computers-that-are-running-sql-server   Directories and file-name extensions to exclude from virus scanning When you configure your antivirus software settings, make sure that you exclude the following files or directories (as applicable) from virus scanning. Doing this […]

Apr
10
2017

Error 17182 – TDSSNIClient initialization failed with error 0xd, status code 0x10

Issue: While trying to restart SQL Service, it failed and following error found in error logs,   yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.xx Server Error: 17182, Severity: 16, State: 1. yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.xx Server TDSSNIClient initialization failed with error 0xd, status code 0x10. Reason: Unable to retrieve registry settings from TCP/IP protocol’s ‘IPAll’ configuration key. The data is invalid.   yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.xx Server Error: 17182, Severity: 16, State: 1. yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.xx Server TDSSNIClient initialization failed with error 0xd, status code […]

Jul
25
2016

Windows Task Scheduler Error – transaction support within the specified resource manager is not started

While deleting a task in task manager, received following error reported by my team,   Error: “transaction support within the specified resource manager is not started or was shutdown due to an error”     We tried multiple options to modify job and delete but nothing worked, On further google search found that issue is similar to found on following forum,   http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/transaction-support-within-the-specified-resource/fba64f34-4c16-4551-82d7-f22169be0d97?auth=1   Executed following command on server, fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\   […]

Jul
15
2016

Transaction log file full because of log_reuse_wait_desc=replication, CDC, goldengate

Came across weird situation where received alert for SQL Server transaction log file full and found log_reuse_wait_desc=replication from sys.databases   Now before mentioning troubleshooting step, setup of the database is question is little bit complex because Database is part of SQL Server replication where database publisher is at vendor side and we don’t have access to publisher DB 🙁 Oracle Golden Gate replication is configured from this database to Oracle DB Database in question is […]

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