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Migrating SQL Server Database Mail Settings

This week, I was working on a migration for a client.  The migration was moving databases from a stand-alone instance to a two-node Availability Group.  When it came to moving the Database Mail settings, I discovered they had 21 sets of profiles and accounts.  Not wanting to manually create 42 Database Mail profiles, I set […]

Frank Gill by Frank Gill

Return SQL Server Context Settings from sys.query_context_settings

Today, I attended Erin Stellato’s (b|t) precon session Solving Common Performance Problems Using Query Store. In her presentation, Erin showed that the same query text can return multiple results in Query Store if the context settings for the queries are different. The context settings can be found in the sys.query_context_settings DMV in the set_options column. […]

Frank Gill by Frank Gill

Installing SQL Server on a Domain Controller: What You need to know

SQL Server can often be a very high strung application that has many requirements and best practices to follow.  Sometimes hosting several services on one server is necessary with smaller or very lean organizations.  Today, we look at the information you need to be aware of when concurrently running SQL Server on a Domain Controller.

Nick Adams by Nick Adams

Creating Logins and Users in SQL Server

In order for any application to work, Logins are needed to authenticate to the application and Users need to interact and be allowed access to the application.  SQL Server is no different.  This article will teach you how to create Logins and Users for SQL Server on a relatively high level to begin your understanding of how SQL Server authentication and access is allowed.

Nick Adams by Nick Adams

Index Structures in SQL Server

It’s no secret that indexes are a fundamental tool for great database performance.  Generally, more indexes can be used, the better your database performance will be.  In order to use those indexes correctly though, let's take a look at how index are structured to get a better understanding of their utility.

Nick Adams by Nick Adams

SQL Server Backups (High Level Overview)

Backing up data in your environment is a no-brainer but HOW to back up your data requires some high level understanding of what backup types are available and how those backups are managed.

Nick Adams by Nick Adams