Monthly Archives: May 2009

Data Compression Planning Whitepaper on SQLCAT.COM

Microsoft’s Sanjay Mishra has written and published an excellent whitepaper on MSDN and SQLCAT.COM called “Data Compression: Strategy, Capacity Planning and Best Practices”, which gets into lots of valuable detail about how and when to use the two different types … Continue reading

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Intel Nehalem-EX Overview

This is a slide from an Intel presentation talking about the upcoming Nehalem-EX, which will be the four socket server version of the desktop Core i7 CPU. Unlike the Xeon 55xx series, this CPU will have eight cores plus hyper-threading, … Continue reading

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A Few More Useful SQL Server 2008 Specific Queries

Here are several more SQL Server 2008 specific queries that can help determine if you are using certain Enterprise Edition only features, which tables and indexes are using data compression, whether you are using any deprecated features, and look at … Continue reading

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How To Enable “Lock Pages In Memory” For SQL Server 2005/2008 Standard Edition

Microsoft’s Bob Ward has a post up that spills the beans on what trace flag you can enable to allow “Lock Pages In Memory” support with SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition SP1 CU2 (Build 2714) now, and on on SQL … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Updates Available

Last week, Microsoft released several important updates for SQL Server 2008. First, is the May 2009 update for SQL Server 2008 Books Online. Microsoft also released Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2008 SP1, and Cumulative Update 5 for SQL … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Diagnostic Script

This is the annotated set of diagnostic queries that I used for my demonstration at the Denver SQL Server User’s Group on May 21. Many of these are SQL Server 2008 specific, and you need VIEW SERVER STATE permission to … Continue reading

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What Build of SQL Server 2008 Are You On?

Microsoft has a couple of handy KB articles that list the various public builds of SQL Server 2008 that were released after RTM and after SP1 respectively, which are listed below: The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after … Continue reading

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