I founded SQL Solutions Group 10 years ago (October 2010). In that time, we’ve done more than 100 Health Checks on customer systems. Based on that experience, we’re starting a series of posts to help you avoid pitfalls we often encounter. With this post, we show you how to configure Windows for better SQL Server […]
I’ve seen this question a few times and it is something that can be very confusing: You’ve installed SQL 2014 (a full version, not Express) and selected all components, yet when you go to your SQL Server 2014 program group, you can’t find SQL Server Data Tools.
In all versions of SQL Server between 2005 and […]
So, it’s here: a global pandemic impacting billions around the globe and changing the ways we live, work, and interact with each other. Our new normal, for an unknown length of time, is all about social distancing and that means working from home for many of us.
At SSG, this is nothing new to us, and […]
This morning a customer pinged me with what should be a simple issue: While restoring a backup to a test environment, the option to Close existing connections to destination database was greyed out. I was able to reproduce the problem and the solution is a bit odd so thought I’d throw this out there.
The Problem: […]
Over the years we have seen lots of changes to the tools we use to develop SSIS packages. With the past few versions, the SQL Server project types (Database Projects, Integration Services (SSIS), Analysis Services (SSAS), and Reporting Services (SSRS)) have been moved from their own installer to installation via Visual Studio Extensions.
This makes perfect […]
One of the things I end up having to do quite often is set up a Windows workstation for my daily use. In many cases, customers prefer that we use a jump box or even a physical machine on their network/domain to access their servers. With all the various tools and things we have at […]
The memory is still fresh from attending the 2019 PASS Summit just a few weeks ago, so here we share our three experiences with you. While we mostly came for the three days of knowledge, sharing and networking opportunities, we also came for the camaraderie and celebration of SQL Solutions Group. Our main office is […]
Much has been written about the performance implications of the dreaded RBAR, a term coined by Jeff Moden many years ago. I won’t rehash any of that here other than to say that in almost all cases, set operations are faster and more efficient than RBAR. So we spend a lot of time teaching (or […]
Strangest Things Pt 2: 505 executions per second
I’ve been a SQL Server DBA for more than 20 years and have spent the last 10 of those consulting. When you’ve been doing this for as long as I have, there’s not a lot of new issues that come up that you haven’t seen before. Which is […]