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Wes Brown is Vice President at Cantata Health and maintains his blog at http://www.sqlserverio.com. Previous experiences include Product Manager for SQL Litespeed by Quest software and consultant to fortune 500 companies. He specializes in high availability, disaster recovery and very large database performance tuning. He is a frequent speaker at local user groups and SQLSaturdays.
Home page: http://sqlserverio.com
Posts by Wes Brown
Recently Brent Ozar (blog|twitter) wrote a post SQL Server Standard Edition Sucks, And It’s All Your Fault. Needless to say, he isn’t happy with the price and what you don’t get in Standard Edition of SQL Server 2012. Brent seems to be mostly upset that since SQL Server 2008 Standard edition has been restricted to 64GB of ram. Adding additional insult, Always On is an Enterprise only feature with Database Mirroring on the green mile Microsoft will have to do something in the near future to fill this gap.
What about the rest of his list?
- Database snapshots (a huge More >
What else can I say. I finally broke when I had to build a flat file connector with 258 columns that needed to be imported into a staging database. 258 columns… I almost had a stroke. Not only is it mind numbing it’s also error prone. I do dabble in c# so I build a little tool to automate this for me.Introducing SSISConnectionBuilder
SSISConnectionBuilder is a simple command line tool to ease the burden of building flat file connectors for SSIS. It is WAY WAY alpha but I am working on cleaning up the code. You can pick it up here on codeplex.
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I’m still stunned in this day and age that people pay obscene amounts of money on tools that are easily replaced in most cases with quality and stable open source alternatives. Part of the problem is that a lot of OSS tools don’t work well on Windows or require some fiddling which can scare off some people. The two tools I’ll be chatting about today don’t fall under that category. In one or two steps you have them installed and ready to rock. I’m constantly working with clients that require file movement in a secure manor. Ether upload or download.cURL, World Wide More >
Yep, I heard you loud and clear. There is more than one way to find SQL Server on your network. This time we will dig deep into the TDS protocol docs again along with a bit of guess work.Old Dog New Protocol Plus PowerShell
Last time we used PowerShell and the .net framework to assemble a UDP packet and send it to port 1434. This works out just fine if you have the SQL Browser running. If you are running a single standalone instance on the default port the browser service isn’t needed and may not even be enabled. This time we will be using TCP instead of More >
I usually don’t run queries on just one server. Most of the time I need to get some piece of information from dozens if not hundreds of servers at a time. I also really like Glenn’s diagnostic queries and use them regularly with some modifications and additions of my own. I’m also really digging PowerShell too.You Got Your Queries In My PowerShell
PowerShell is a very powerful way to gather information across lots of servers. I’ve got a set of templating files that drive my PowerShell scripts and thought I’d apply some of that to Glenn’s queries. The result is a function that More >
I’ve been writing tools for SQL Server for a lot of years. Some of these tools were never completely released. Some of them were just for me. Some of them overlapped other tools already on the market and free for all. Recently, I started updating my bag of tricks and tools. This seemed like a great time to get back into PowerShell. I decided to pull out a bit of C# code I cobbled together nine years ago as part of a tool to find SQL Server instances on a network. I never really got around to making it a “production” ready tool since there was already a most excellent one More >
I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted a real keyboard that my iPad could dock with easily. I have always hated lugging around a laptop everywhere to do any real typing. When I got the first iPad I really thought it was going to allow me to cut the need for a laptop way down but without a solid portable keyboard and the smaller 1024×768 screen it basically became a gaming and reading machine. I found myself using my then Galaxy with the sliding keyboard to do almost all my real typing for emails.Redoubling my effort.
When the New-now old, but not 3rd More >
After almost breaking my arm patting myself on the back getting past my last SAP BW issue I found that SAP BW Connector and SQL Server 2012 were punishing me again. I was building a second package against the same SAP instance on the same SQL Server 2012 instance when I hit something more than flip this field from 3 to 1 kind of thing.NO SOUP FOR YOU!
“Index was out of range. Must be non-negative and less than the size of the collection. Parameter name: Index”
Oh mister SSIS this means war! Looking at the complete output log I saw that SAP BW had actually delivered the More >
If you have ever had to work with Integration Services and data sources other than the Microsoft variety you know how frustrating it can be. I recently started a project using SQL Server 2012 and SAP BW 7. The customer had already decided that the other commercial options weren’t viable and settled on the Microsoft Connector 1.1 for SAP BW. A test package was built and worked.
I had already read through Using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services with SAP BI 7.0 and felt comfortable with the instructions. Even though we were using SSIS 2012 I knew there was very More >
Its been a crazy last few years in the flash storage space. Things really started taking off around 2006 when NAND flash and moores law got together. in 2010 it was clear that flash storage was going to be a major part of your storage makeup in the future. It may not be NAND flash specifically though. It will be some kind of memory and not spinning disks.Breaking The Cost Barrier.
For the last few years, I’ve always told people to price out on the cost of IO not the cost of storage. Buying flash storage was mainly a niche product solving a niche problem like to speed up More >