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  • New Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2008 SP1 & R2!

    - by AaronBertrand
    Well, this is the first time in a long time that I've blogged about cumulative updates for two different versions of SQL Server on the same day. Yesterday Microsoft released a cumulative update for SQL Server 2008 SP1 (bringing you to 10.0.2775), and a corresponding cumulative update for SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM (bringing you from 10.50.1600 to 10.50.1702). You can read more about these updates here: Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM ( KB #981355 ) Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server...(read more)

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  • New Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2005 & SQL Server 2008 R2

    - by AaronBertrand
    Early this morning, the SQL Server Release Services team pushed out three new cumulative updates for SQL Server. KB #2489375 - SQL Server 2005 SP3 CU #14 (9.00.4317) KB #2489409 - SQL Server 2005 SP4 CU #2 (9.00.5259) KB #2489376 - SQL Server 2008 R2 CU #6 (10.50.1765) There are a lot more fixes in the 2008 R2 update - 43, by my count. In comparison, only 9 fixes for 2005 SP4, and only 2 fixes for 2005 SP3. You can draw your own conclusions from that data, particularly if you are still on SQL Server...(read more)

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  • [OT] : Windows Activation, en masse

    - by AaronBertrand
    This weekend I discovered a minor issue in one of my virtual environments. I had built out 100 VMs based on a Hyper-V template, but I forgot to activate the original source before creating the template, so all of the machines were suddenly out of compliance. While easy enough on a one- or two-machine basis to just log into the machine and activate manually, there was no way I was even going to dream of repeating that process on 100 machines. My First Reaction : PowerShell Whenever I do anything with...(read more)

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  • SQL Server 2005 SP4 is here!

    - by AaronBertrand
    Yes, the day has finally arrived, and a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. Typically when Microsoft promises a release in Qx or Hx, the software comes on the last or second last day of that quarter or half. This year, we get an early Christmas present: SQL Server 2005 SP4. To download SP4, go to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b953e84f-9307-405e-bceb-47bd345baece If you are looking for the Express versions of SP4, you can get Express, Express with Tools, and...(read more)

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  • How I use PowerShell to collect Performance Counter data

    - by AaronBertrand
    In a current project, I need to collect performance counters from a set of virtual machines that are performing different tasks and running a variety of workloads. In a similar project last year, I used LogMan to collect performance data. This time I decided to try PowerShell because, well, all the kids are doing it, I felt a little passé, and a lot of the other tasks in this project (such as building out VMs and running workloads) were already being accomplished via PowerShell. And after all, I...(read more)

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  • How I use PowerShell to collect Performance Counter data

    - by AaronBertrand
    In a current project, I need to collect performance counters from a set of virtual machines that are performing different tasks and running a variety of workloads. In a similar project last year, I used LogMan to collect performance data. This time I decided to try PowerShell because, well, all the kids are doing it, I felt a little passé, and a lot of the other tasks in this project (such as building out VMs and running workloads) were already being accomplished via PowerShell. And after all, I...(read more)

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  • MS12-070 : Security Updates for all supported versions of SQL Server

    - by AaronBertrand
    This week there was a security release for all supported versions of SQL Server . Each version has 32-bit and 64-bit patches, and each version has GDR (General Distribution Release) and QFE (Quick-Fix Engineering) patches. GDR should be applied if you are at the base (RTM or SP) build for your version, while QFE should be applied if you have installed any cumulative updates after the RTM or SP build. ( More details here .) SQL Server 2005 RTM, SP1, SP2, SP3 - not supported SP4 - GDR = 9.00.5069,...(read more)

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  • New Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2008 SP1 & R2!

    - by AaronBertrand
    Well, this is the first time in a long time that I've blogged about cumulative updates for two different versions of SQL Server on the same day. Yesterday Microsoft released a cumulative update for SQL Server 2008 SP1 (bringing you to 2775), and a corresponding cumulative update for SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM (bringing you from 1600 to 1702). You can read more about these updates here: Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM ( KB #981355 ) Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack...(read more)

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  • Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2005 SP3 and 2008 R2 are available

    - by AaronBertrand
    After releasing SQL Server 2005 SP4 on Friday (you can read more about it here ), the release services team did not hang up their hats for the Christmas holiday, but continued working on other releases. KB #2438344 : Cumulative update package 13 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 This brings your SQL Server 2005 SP3 build number to 9.00.4315 KB #2438347 : Cumulative Update package 5 for SQL Server 2008 R2 This brings your SQL Server 2008 R2 build number to 10.5.1753 NOTES: You will not be able to...(read more)

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  • More information on the Patch Tuesday updates for SQL Server

    - by AaronBertrand
    Last week, Microsoft released a series of patches for all supported versions of SQL Server (from SQL Server 2005 SP3 all the way to SQL Server 2008 R2). The reason for the patch against SQL Server installations is largely a client-side issue with the XML viewer application, and for SQL Server specifically, the exploit is limited to potential information disclosure. A very easy way to avoid exposure to this exploit is simply to never open a file with the .disco extension (these files are likely already...(read more)

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  • SQL Server v.Next (Denali) : Deriving sets using SEQUENCE

    - by AaronBertrand
    One complaint about SEQUENCE is that there is no simple construct such as NEXT (@n) VALUES FOR so that you could get a range of SEQUENCE values as a set. In a previous post about SEQUENCE , I mentioned that to get a range of rows from a sequence, you should use the system stored procedure sys.sp_sequence_get_range . There are some issues with this stored procedure: the parameter names are not easy to memorize; it requires multiple conversions to and from SQL_VARIANT; and, producing a set from the...(read more)

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  • A quick note about the end of SQL Server 2005 mainstream support

    - by AaronBertrand
    In a previous blog post about Service Pack 4 , I said the following: "...from this point forward all you're likely to see are cumulative updates to the SP3 and SP4 branches and, roughly a year from today, mainstream support will only need to maintain the SP4 branch. You can read more about this in the following blog post from the CSS blog: Mainstream vs Extended Support and SQL Server 2005 SP4: Can someone explain all of this? " In that post, I focused on these words in the product lifecycle chart:...(read more)

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  • The pros and cons of learning

    - by AaronBertrand
    This week I am at a training course put on by Paul Randal ( blog | twitter ) and Kimberly Tripp ( blog | twitter ) entitled " SQL Immersion ." It is essentially a 5-day deep dive into some of the more important bowels of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals book they co-wrote with Kalen Delaney, Adam Machanic and Conor Cunningham - with a lot of extra information, insight, experience and interactivity thrown in. I am seeing a lot of benefits from this already. The additional insight around what's...(read more)

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  • SQL Server 2012 : The Data Tools installer is now available

    - by AaronBertrand
    Last week when RC0 was released, the updated installer for "Juneau" (SQL Server Data Tools) was not available. Depending on how you tried to get it, you either ended up on a blank search page, or a page offering the CTP3 bits. Important note: the CTP3 Juneau bits are not compatible with SQL Server 2012 RC0. If you already have Visual Studio 2010 installed (meaning Standard/Pro/Premium/Ultimate), you will need to install Service Pack 1 before continuing. You can get to the installer simply by opening...(read more)

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  • Goals for 2011

    - by AaronBertrand
    I was tagged by Denis Gobo ( blog | twitter ) in a Review of his 2010 Goals . I didn't make such a post last year at this time, so I had nothing to check against. But that doesn't mean I can't start with my goals for the coming year, right? A few areas come to mind: Speaking More I have set a challenge for myself to speak at 10 events this year. So far I have submitted sessions to the following, or plan to do so when I can; at least one is already confirmed: SQL Saturday #60 (Cleveland, OH, February...(read more)

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  • SQL Server v.Next (Denali) : Troubleshooting Error 18456

    - by AaronBertrand
    I think we've all dealt with error 18456, whether it be an application unable to access SQL Server, credentials changing over time, or a user who can't type a password correctly. The trick to troubleshooting this error number is that the error message returned to the client or application trying to connect is intentionally vague (the error message is similar for most errors, and the state is always 1). In a few cases, some additional information is included, but for the most part several of these...(read more)

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  • Get your Master Immersion learning on!

    - by AaronBertrand
    Time is running out to register for the Master Immersion training events being held in Dallas, TX by SQLskills . These particular events will be instructed by Paul Randal ( blog | twitter ), Kimberly Tripp ( blog | twitter ), and Brent Ozar ( blog | twitter ) and reflect the new format for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program. This means training in the low 4 figures instead of close to $20K, and that you can take at your own pace. We at SQL Sentry ( twitter ) are quite proud to be the exclusive...(read more)

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  • The ethics of aggregating other peoples' content

    - by AaronBertrand
    Content theft Most of the recent - what I'll call - "discussions" about content aggregators have revolved around content theft. I'm not going to flip-flop on that topic: when you use someone else's work, you ask first, and if given the okay, you cite it. You can't take my blog article and post it on your site, implying that it is your own. Likewise, you shouldn't be taking a Books Online topic, changing three words and adding an intro sentence, and making that a blog post. I think this stuff is pretty...(read more)

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  • Attention users running SQL Server 2008 & 2008 R2!

    - by AaronBertrand
    In April and May, Microsoft released cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (I blogged about them here and here ). They are: CU #11 for 2008 SP3 (10.00.5840) ( KB #2834048 ) CU #12 for 2008 R2 SP1 (10.50.2874) ( KB #2828727 ) CU #6 for 2008 R2 SP2 (10.50.4279) ( KB #2830140 ) Sometime after that, looks like the next day, both downloads were pulled, allegedly due to an index corruption issue (if you believe the commentary on the Release Services blog post for CU #6 ) or due to an issue...(read more)

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  • Updated slide decks from SSMS presentation at SNESSUG

    - by AaronBertrand
    Tonight I spoke at the SNESSUG user group meeting in Warwick, RI. You can download the slide deck here (this is a 3.5 MB PDF with presenter notes): http://sqlblog.com/files/folders/23423/download.aspx If you attended the talk, please feel free to provide feedback at speakerrate.com: http://speakerrate.com/talks/2849-management-studio-tips-tricks Today also happened to be a birthday celebration for Grant Fritchey ( blog | twitter ). He blogged about the meeting and also took a picture of the cake...(read more)

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  • Get your Master Immersion learning on!

    - by AaronBertrand
    Time is running out to register for the Master Immersion training events being held in Dallas, TX by SQLskills . These particular events will be instructed by Paul Randal ( blog | twitter ), Kimberly Tripp ( blog | twitter ), and Brent Ozar ( blog | twitter ) and reflect the new format for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program. This means training in the low 4 figures instead of close to $20K, and that you can take at your own pace. We at SQL Sentry ( twitter ) are quite proud to be the exclusive...(read more)

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  • Yes, you can benefit from both data and backup compression

    - by AaronBertrand
    Earlier today, MSSQLTips posted a backup compression tip by Thomas LaRock ( blog | twitter ). In that article, Tom states: "If you are already compressing data then you will not see much benefit from backup compression." I don't want to argue with a rock star, and I will concede that he may be right in some scenarios. Nonetheless, I tweeted that "it depends;" Thomas then asked for "an example where you have data comp and you also see a large benefit from backup comp?" My initial reaction came about...(read more)

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  • T-SQL Tuesday #13 : Business Expectations

    - by AaronBertrand
    This month's T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Steve Jones ( @way0utwest ) over at SQLServerCentral . For some history on T-SQL Tuesday, see Adam Machanic's posts here and here . The topic this time is summarized as: "What issues have you had in interacting with the business to get your job done." Over the past 13 years, I've worked primarily on Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. A good portion of my day-to-day grind involved improving or pre-empting scale, but the next largest component of...(read more)

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  • Keeping up with SQL Server cumulative updates

    - by AaronBertrand
    Yesterday, a conversation on twitter reminded me that I haven't been keeping up with posting cumulative updates. I missed these updates for SQL Server 2008 on March 15: Cumulative Update #7 for SQL Server 2008 SP1 (10.00.2766) Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2008 RTM (10.00.1835) And yesterday Glenn Berry ( blog | twitter ) was the first I know of to blog about Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2005 SP3 (9.00.4294). He also shares some interesting information about changes to the support policy...(read more)

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  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Cumulative Updates are available

    - by AaronBertrand
    Microsoft has released cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008 R2. SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Cumulative Update #8 KB article is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2723743 Build number is 10.50.2822.0 There are 20 fixes published as of 2012-08-31 This update is relevant for builds between 10.50.2500 and 10.50.2820 Note that the page that lists builds and updates for SP1 seems confused; it currently states that the build is 10.50.2822, while the KB article shows 10.50.2821. The file from the hotfix is 10.50.2822,...(read more)

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