Keeping track of your SQL Server index “inventory”

Something’s always bugged me when it comes to managing indexes in SQL Server; keeping track of when I created or dropped them. You can already check just about everything you could want to know about indexes, via handy DMV’s.  Need to figure out how much your indexes are being used? Take a look at sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats.  Or […]

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PowerShell script to update Azure firewall rule

I’ve recently moved house, and as a result had to change my broadband plan from cable to ADSL (sad face). This also means I’ve gone from having a fixed IP address to a dynamically assigned one. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, except when it comes to connecting to the several Azure servers that I manage on […]

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SQL Server 2016 & Azure Query Store

I hadn’t been following the news much regarding SQL Server 2016, so when I did some reading the other day I was quite pleasantly surprised by some of the new features announced (not to mention that it looks like SSMS will finally be getting some much needed love). 🙂 We’ve been having some frustrating intermittent […]

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Red Gate Azure backup failures

We use Red Gate Cloud Services to backup our Azure database, as well as some storage accounts to Amazon EC2 storage, etc.  It all works really well 99% of the time, but after a few failures in a short time period I opened a ticket with Red Gate. The errors we got weren’t always the […]

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Head in the clouds

Wow – 2 years and 4 days with no posts.  What a slacker… Anyway… I’ve been busy doing a few things in that time.  The most relevant probably being that I moved on from Trade Me near the end of 2014, and now work for Timely.  This is a small company started a couple of years […]

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