SQL Server Pain Relief: Office Hours with Brent Ozar Unlimited®

SQL Server Pain Relief: Office Hours is like listening in while patients bring their SQL Server pains to the emergency room, and the doctors give their opinions. Join your host, performance tuning specialist Brent Ozar, and his highly-qualified SQL Server Medical Team as they give you an inside look into some of the best solutions to your server problems. Tune in to get the best tips for performance tuning, virtualization, disaster recovery and much more. When you’re ready to do your own surgery, grab our free First Responder Kit at
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Dec 28, 2016

This week, Brent and Richie discuss Azure VM, min server memory, backup solutions, autogrowth in tempdb data files, parameter sniffing, sp_whoisactive, the worst feature in SQL server, why you should never use SQL server for sending or receiving emails, and how many Cubs shirts Richie owns.

Dec 21, 2016

This week, Erik and Richie discuss latency, partition tables, SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD, alerts, nolock, and what people look for in Senior DBA.

Dec 14, 2016

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss their craziest SQL server troubleshooting issues, common causes of SSPI handshake errors, setting deadlock priority "high" on a query, vmotion high availability, best practices on Windows Server 2012 page files, and whether a career as a Database Administrator will be good for the next 40 years.

Dec 7, 2016

This week, Brent, Tara, Erik, and Richie discuss replicating TRUNCATE TABLE command between nodes, how to cope with social isolation that comes with working from home, database shrinking, how to improve log wait times, how to figure out the mac stop and threshold cost setting for servers, and laziest methods to deploy objects and run scripts.

Nov 23, 2016

This week, Brent and Richie discuss their hardware setups, lazy spools, SQL 2016 Service Pack 1, Always On Availability Groups, Database IDs,, SQL on Linux, and new features they would like to see in the new version of SQL. 

Nov 16, 2016

This week Richie, Tara, and Erik discuss replication, mirroring, memory grants, sp_BlitzCache, failover cluster instances, VLFs, restoring databases, qualifying schema and object names, multiple instances, and table variables. 

Nov 9, 2016

This week Richie and Erik discuss log backups, migrating from SQL 2008 R2 to 2014, shrinking databases, tuning long-running queries, execution plans, sequencing, encryption, and much more!

Nov 2, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Tara, and Erick, discuss vendor licensing, rebuilding indexes, analysis services, using trace flag 174, and the team's PASS Summit impressions and highlights.

Oct 19, 2016

This week, Brent answers your questions about table partitioning, best practices for vmware configuration, rebuilding indexes, transitioning from physical SQL failover cluster to vmware or hyper-v, database backups, security issues with cross-database chaining, and why you should never use vague adjectives when describing database sizes.

Oct 12, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, and Erick, discuss estimating compression savings, disabling triggers, suggestions to first-time Pass Summit attendees, tools for database version control, transitioning from SQL 2000 to 2016, troubleshooting failovers, and how to convince your manager to upgrade to newer version of SQL.

Oct 5, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Tara, and Erick, discuss their learning styles, Always On availability groups, memory leaks, Windows updates, how to transition from developer to DBA, upgrading SQL server from 2008 to 2014, temp tables vs table variables, and how to become an MVP.

Sep 28, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Tara, and Erick, discuss non-clustered indexes, dynamic SQL, replication, setups for servers dedicated to reporting services and warehouse databases, cross-cluster migrations, employment opportunities in the current market, and much, much more!

Sep 21, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Tara, and Erick, discuss enhancing queries, database corruption, availability groups, parameter sniffing, sending mail via SQL server, whether SQL 2016 is solid or not, other versions of SQL, physical servers vs virtual servers, and much more!

Sep 14, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, and Erick, discuss execution plans for table value functions, how to prepare for the Senior DBA course, source control software, generating fragmentation, backups, and the new TV shows the team is looking forward to this season.

Sep 7, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Erick, and Tara discuss parameter sniffing, database backups, referential integrity in databases, clustering, creating and using indexes, in-place upgrades, benchmarking tools, and more.

Aug 31, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, and Tara discuss corruption, resetting query stats, fixing parameter sniffing issues, how to suggest features for our scripts, and why Brent is sporting an Oracle sweatshirt.

Aug 24, 2016

This week, Richie and Erik discuss in-place instance upgrades, availability groups, replication (sort of), the cloud, job security, business intelligence and user adoption, and much more!

Aug 10, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Erik, and Tara get together in Round Rock, TX, for Dell DBA Days, to talk through your SQL questions and answers.

They discuss what they are working on at Dell during the event, as well as Windows Kerberos and NTLM Authentication, Always On Availability Groups, Microsoft's Document DB, automating restore databases to other servers, why they are wearing "fun" hats, and much, much more!

Aug 3, 2016

This week, Richie, Erik, and Tara discuss availability groups, sharding databases, using DNS entries to mask DB server names, and Erik's internet buttons.

Jul 27, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Erik, and Tara discuss speeding up performance, how to make SSRS highly available, what to do with SSIS packages when making upgrades, Windows Core, and how to hide data from DBAs when they have SA access.

Jul 20, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Erik, and Tara discuss new Microsoft certifications for data science, index rebuilds, replication, patching SQL server, and what to say to a manager who says he needs an active/active HA solution but has no idea what that means.

Jul 13, 2016

This week, Erik, Tara, Jessica, Doug, and Angie discuss queries, installing multiple instances of SQL server on a Windows VM, using DENY Database rules, migrating databases to Amazon RDS, availability groups, using filtered indexes, and more!

Jul 6, 2016

This week, Brent, Tara, Jessica, Richie, Doug, and Angie discuss snapshot replication, file and table-level restores, whether you should enable lock pages in memory, redistributing data across files or a database, and Doug's new video class.

Jun 29, 2016

This week, Erik, Richie, Doug, and Angie discuss a script for getting more information on a specific index, using partition tables, shrinking data and log files, stress testing SQL servers, as well as some entertaining things to ask Siri!

Jun 22, 2016

This week, Brent, Richie, Doung, and Tara talk through your SQL Server questions and answers.

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