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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 www.BrentOzar.com.
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Oct 11, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss the new Extended Events Profiler, using SQL audit vs a trigger to log what people do, log shipping, migrating from on-prem to cloud, best practice for a database owner, SQL Server performance improvement, the difference between simple, bulk-logged, and full recovery models and when to use them, tools for transferring databases from one server to another, VSS Snapshot backups, encryption and more.

Oct 4, 2017

This week, Brent, Tara, and Richie discuss what they think about having no more service packs for SQL Server 2017 and newer versions, shrinking log files, how many servers can one DBA manage, log backups, mirroring vs Availability Groups vs log shipping, and their next company retreat location.

Sep 27, 2017

This week, Richie and Erik discuss altering database columns, separating log files, encryption, NOLOCK issues, developing new skills and experience, troubleshooting deadlocks, Oracle, calling C# method from a stored procedure and what kind of headset Erik uses.

Sep 20, 2017

This week, Brent, Tara, Richie, and Erik discuss a most excepted solution for SA and securing an instance, how many VLFs should a database have, merge replication issues, query tuning tips, database restores, and Larry Ellison's self-driving database.

Sep 13, 2017

This week, Brent and Erik discuss Availability Group issues, database diagram tools, AWS vs Azure, diagnosing asyncio waits, troubleshooting deadlocks, extended events, using same login credentials for everyone in the company, adjusting and more.

Aug 30, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss Availability Groups, versions of sp_BlitzIndex™, SQL Server installation issue, backing up SSRS reports, SQL Server on Linux, failovers, detaching/attaching databases, extended events, career progression of a DBA, and more.

Aug 23, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss index fragmentation, Azure disc speeds, Availability Groups, database restores, optimize for ad hoc setting, forced parameterization, BI consultants, index views, SPN registrations, and more.

Aug 2, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss unit testing, tSQLt, availability groups, duplicate indexes, reporting services 2016 on availability groups, troubleshooting Entity Framework queries, joining views in tables, SQL Server caching issues, and why procedures have plans inside the cache.

Jul 26, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss SQL Server performance monitoring, ASYNC_IO_COMPLETION, AWS SQL server licensing and fees, rebuilding indexes, licensing model for Blitz scripts, stored procedures, using (or not using) primary key on a table, choosing ORMs and other tools, and more.

Jul 19, 2017

This week, Erik and Richie discuss performance tuning, relativity, Always On Availability Groups, parameter sniffing, technical debt, unit testing, deadlocks, testing storage performance, and more...

Jul 12, 2017

This week, Brent, Richie, Erik, and Tara discuss partitioning tables, native backups vs 3rd party agent backups, page life expectancy, query tuning, deadlocks, drawbacks of RCSI, triggers, replication, Always On Availability Groups, and forest fires.

Jul 5, 2017

This week, Brent and Tara discuss separating data and logs on separate drives, statistics time, scalar UDFs, Licensing, encryption, gathering SQL error logs and agent job history, replication, upcoming training courses from Brent Ozar UnlimitedⓇ, and what DBA topics they struggle with the most.

Jun 28, 2017

This week, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss performance and load testing tools, sysadmin update SQL server restart, defragmenting column store indexes, Amazon Redshift, installing Microsoft updates, Always On Availability Groups, Redgate SQL Clone, as well as their thoughts on the current DBA job market.

Jun 21, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss cross-database transactions in AGs, agent job owners, column store indexes, linked servers, migrating SQL Server databases to AWS cloud, synchronous readable secondary, rebuilding indexes, backups using SANs, licensing, Always On Availability Groups on CDC, Azure Cosmo DB, compression, and encryption.

Jun 14, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss setting up an archive process, CTEs vs temp tables, deadlocks, alternatives to replication, Erik and Brent's pre-con for this year's PASS Summit, and more...

Jun 7, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss running SQL Server 2017 CTP on Linux, receive side scaling on servers and VMware, query tuning, nested roles vs. assigning roles to users, hierarchical data type, apps and scripts for automating restores, and learning Azure and AWS.

May 31, 2017

This week, Brent and Richie discuss sp_Blitz Backups, change history tracking, exams and certifications, using Azure for DR-only, which version of SQL server to use for a new DB, adding additional data files, load balancing, trace flag 2371, dealing with reporting services, and much more.

May 24, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss disabling telemetry in SQL Server 2016, proper place for log files, Availability Groups, measuring data returned from a single query, whether CHECKDB should be done on tempdb, limiting tempdb usage for each session, transfering large amounts of data from on-prem to the cloud, and Iron Chef spoilers.

May 17, 2017

This week, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss enforcing password expirations for SA logins, keeping things in sync between servers, development/prototyping missions of on-premise vs. cloud, ways of backing up databases, and more.

May 10, 2017

This week, Tara and Richie discuss increasing the size of tempdb, splitting database across several files, tracking DML changes to a table, upgrading different versions of service packs, recommendations for improving T-SQL skills, trace flags, replication, Always On Availability Groups, compatibility level of databases,  and more...

May 3, 2017

This week, Brent, Tara, and Richie discuss choosing batch sizes, SQL 2017 on Linux, how much memory to leave on the OS for the SQL server, parameter sniffing, allocation unit size of SQL server, triggers, X-Files, aliens and much more!

Apr 26, 2017

This week, Erik talks about troubleshooting remote queries, his thoughts on SQL Server 2017, licensing, index rebuilds, index fragmentation, why you shouldn't restart SQL server every day, and much more!

Apr 19, 2017

This week, Brent, Tara, Richie, and Erik discuss SQL Server 2017 CTP 2, quorum configuration for a 4-node availability group, database sharding, premature optimization, parameter sniffing, tracking query plans within cursors, and what's coming up in the new version of Paste The Plan.

Apr 12, 2017

This week, Brent, Richie, and Erik discuss updating stats and rebuilding indexes, feature request for Paste the Plan, included columns' effect on DML, CLR store procedures, SQL command and SQL command query mode, ALTER TABLE statements, using a GUID as a primary key instead of an IDENTITY column, keeping SQL server settings across multiple servers in sync, and more.

Apr 5, 2017

This week, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss altered tables and update statements, parameter sniffing issues, their issues with Azure, a resource for column store indexes, AlwaysON availability groups, killing sleeping connections, and fill factor value for indexes.

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