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May
25
2017

Antivirus Exclusion List for SQL Server

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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 […]

Feb
11
2016

List of Free Database and PowerShell Tools

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This Article covers the list of Free database and PowerShell tools I come across time to time, this list will keep growing as I discover them, leave comments if you like any one tool better than other.   SQL Server   Database Health – dashboard overview for quick database health checks (http://databasehealth.com) Idera Free tools for SQL server: https://www.idera.com/productssolutions/freetools, below are some of best which I like, they are not totally free but works for […]

Aug
24
2015

SQL Server TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) alternatives

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TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is an inbuilt encryption feature of SQL Server Enterprise Edition introduced by Microsoft from SQL server 2008 onwards, this comes in handy when someone has to secure the PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from prying eyes, as it is Enterprise Edition feature only hence comes with a premium price. So while I got a request to analyze implementation of it on more than 200+ SQL standard edition then first thing which has […]

Jun
15
2015

Ten Step Technique to learn

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One of best ten step technique for learning,   Link: http://boingboing.net/2015/05/11/the-only-technique-to-learn-so.html  

Jun
10
2015

Virtual Numa Overview – links

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Came across following links relevant to Virtual NUMA, read for additional knowledge,     Vmware: https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.resmgmt.doc%2FGUID-A80A6337-7B99-48C8-B024-EE47E2366C1B.html     Hyper-v https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn282282.aspx

Sep
4
2014

All about SQL Server Trace flags – Links

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  While doing search for SQL Server 2005 trace flags found few good links which greatly describe the info in detail, please use as per your requirement, most of them may be applicable to higher version of SQL Server as well.   Flags can be set for Session or Global (some are startup) levels though for later some can only be switched at startup using –T (you are suggested to avoid –t which turns on […]

Jan
1
2014

Generate SQL Server Database Diagrams – tools tips

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Came across a requirement where I need to generate database component chart and their relationships, though database diagram tool is available but it has some risks associated, hence just in order to generate component chart, third party tools are also available and can server purpose, below is just collection of such tools and related links for use of needy ones,     Using inbuilt Database Diagram Tool: Just right Click on Database Diagrams and create […]

Jan
1
2014

Database Backup Compression using SQL Server 2008 R2

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Database backup compression is a feature provided by Microsoft which reduces the native backup size by up to 66% depending upon the type of data stored in a database and similar other factors. By default backup compression is disabled as it has some limitations which needs to be looked as per environment setup and if suites one’s need then it can be enabled as default or a parameter can be added to backup script to […]

Sep
24
2013

Info – SQL Server Proxy accounts and job agent execution contexts

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SQL Server proxies are used in cases where impersonation is required in complex and secured environments and more control is required while executing packages, jobs, PowerShell commands etc. below links and details are collected to give more info on this topic, it requires a good amount of reading and may take up to 2-3 hours to understand it completely, so be patient if you land on this page and go through all links and articles […]

Feb
21
2013

Why there is separate package for SQL Native Client (SNAC) on cumulative update download page?

If you are wondering that Cumulative Update download page has a package for SNAC, should you download and install or not? Then probably you will find your answer below.   Everything about SNAC is clearly explained at following link, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/psssql/archive/2009/10/23/should-i-have-a-snac-with-my-cumulative-update.aspx   Just to brief it out,   What is SNAC? SNAC stands for SQL Native Client   Why separate package is there on download page? It is a package only to apply updates to native […]

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