Category Archives: Admin

I’m going to make you love backups

Seriously.

This event is past, but you can watch the recording here!

On April 12 (11am Central time), I’m going to show you about two dozen ways to make your backups better, easier, faster, and more complete…using Minion Backup, of course.

Go ahead and register now.

minion backupBetter

You want to order your backups? Exclude one database? Just back up your read only databases at the end of the quarter? I’ll show you how to do all that, and of course more.

Easier

Of course we made Minion Backup plug-and-play…after all, this is the tool we use, at home and at client sites.

But even better, everything, including schedules, is table based. No more sorting through 9 different backup jobs to make sure that the new DB34 database has full backups on second Saturdays!

Faster

Did you know you can tune backups? If you did, pat yourself on the back…you’re in a slowly growing minority.

If you didn’t, today’s your lucky day! You can determine how many and what resources to throw at your backups to make them faster – and I’ll give you a big spoiler right here – that also makes your restores run faster.  You can learn all about that here in Sean’s Backup Tuning class (here’s the demo code), or you can get the highlights during my MB class…

…and hear about how to make your backup tuning dynamic!

Complete

Soooo…does your backup solution do everything?

  • Does it cover certificates?
  • Does it have tons of data logged to tables? Live insight, so you can see how far along any given backup is?
  • Does your backup solution automatically move and copy backup files?
  • How about retention, can you set backup file retention easily, and per database, and per backup type?

I’m telling you…you’re going to love this. Come by the session and see.

So did you register yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

See you there!

Happy days,
Jen

 

Database snapshots for everyone!

Database snapshots have been available in SQL Server Enterprise edition in the last several versions. But if you’re lucky enough to have 2016 at work, go on and upgrade to SP1….you get extra-lucky special database snapshots in any version!

(Be sure to read the footnote for “Database snapshots” in that link.)

What are database snapshots for?

Oh what’s that? You don’t use snapshots? Well let’s see a couple of good use cases for them:

  • Take a database snapshot before an upgrade, data load, or major change. It’s WAY faster than a backup, and you can roll back the changes if you need to, almost instantly.
  • Customize integrity checks. When you run DBCC CheckDB or DBCC CheckTable, behind the scenes SQL Server creates a snapshot of the database to run the operation against. You can also choose to create a custom snapshot…among other reasons, so you can specify where the snapshot files are placed. This is especially useful for shops running tight on disk space.

Speaking of integrity checks and snapshots, Minion CheckDB is slated to come out on  this coming February 1.  Be on the lookout…it’s going to blow your mind.

Happy days,
Jen

An MCM teaches COMMENTS at SQL Saturday OKC

Comments

Edit: SQL Sat OKC has come and gone, but the new session on comments is recorded and up on the MidnightDBA Events page! (Direct link to WMV.)

Tomorrow (as of the blog’s publish date) at8:30am, I will be teaching “T-SQL’s Hidden Support Feature” at SQL Saturday Oklahoma City (totally free, did you know? Free IT training, y’all.)

I said in a recent blog about comments that this session started in my head years ago, and launched a few weeks ago when I was double-dog-dared to write it by Oklahoma City user group members.

I wrote the session in about an hour. It was that fully formed already.

WHY ON EARTH am I talking about comments, of all things? How too, too common, dahling.  Simply this: Comments give you the biggest possible ROI for code support.  Come by tomorrow (or see the recording afterward), and I’ll tell you why and how. 

See me, and maybe a couple of dozen other speakers, teaching all the things SQL Saturday OKC tomorrow.

-Jen