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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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Mar 29, 2017

This week, Erik and Richie discuss truncating log files, reindexing, using sp_rename, query tuning, columnstore indexes, debugging parameter sniffing issues, query processing internals, and troubleshooting query performance issues.

Mar 22, 2017

This week, Tara, Erik, and Richie discuss statistics updates, in-place upgrades, row vs page compression, deadlocks, replacing SQL backup vendors, server load, ETL, and whether they think that database mail should be used by user applications to send their emails.

Mar 15, 2017

This week, Brent, Richie, and Erik discuss the requirements for getting a Senior DBA or Database Architect job, data migration, encryption, fragmentation, differences between SQL server 2016 and 2014, update stat strategies for large tables vs small ones, and more!

Mar 8, 2017

This week, Erik and Richie discuss creating/updating statistics, tools for viewing large flat file tables, the worst code they have ever seen, high disc queue length, dealing with databases that store blobs, reindexing jobs, transparent data encryption, and more.

Mar 1, 2017

This week, Brent and Tara discuss AlwaysOn failure scenarios, partitioning without consulting vendors, multi-subnet clustering with AGs, licensing, long running queries, replication, improving index maintenance, avoiding deadlocks, index space usage, and much more.

Feb 22, 2017

This week, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss clustered and unclustered indexes, query timeouts, fill factor, mirroring vs. log shipping, IO tests, temp tables and common table expressions, and tempdb spills.

Feb 15, 2017

This week, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss tempdb etiquette for developers, elastic search vs full-text search, server CPU spiking issues, source control in a database project, querying transaction logs, and more.

Feb 8, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss compatibility levels, SQL server SPN problems, Always On Availability Groups,  failover clustering, capturing DML stuff, disc defragmentation, replication snapshots and reindexing, load testing, PowerShell, and whether you should pursue the path of a DBA.

Feb 1, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss AlwaysOn Availability Groups, execution plans, speeding up log shipping, applying wrong service packs, why servers "page wildly" when copying mid to large-size files from one SQL server to another, their favorite high availability solutions, and much more!

Jan 25, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss whether an antivirus can corrupt a database or remove data files, the biggest node clusters they've worked with, whether cursors are a good idea for reporting queries, authogrowth setting for new servers, memory-optimized tables, index rebuilds and more.

Jan 19, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss sp_Blitz capabilities, what's best to use for resolving SQL performance issues, CDC, tools for capturing wait stats, their favorite monitoring tools, temp tables vs table variables, partitioning with constraints, and whether you should get any certifications.

Jan 11, 2017

This week, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss restoring databases from Enterprise Edition to Standard Edition servers, their favorite way of collecting SQL server metrics, extended events, career advice, how to tell what processes SQL uses memory for, and much more!

Jan 4, 2017

On this first Office Hours call of 2017, Brent, Erik, Tara, and Richie discuss multi-server jobs, how to find motivated Junior DBAs, working with SAP databases, partitioning, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, tracking SQL users, SQL monitoring tools, data capture, source archiving, and much more!

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, GroupBy.org, 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!

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