SQL Server Performance Dashboard using PowerBI (download)

This project has become so popular that I decided to give it its own home: SQLWATCH.IO. Thank you #SQLFamily! Introduction I often help improve the performance of a SQL Server or an application. Performance metrics in SQL Server are exposed via Dynamic Management...

Dear Microsoft, please fix the Windows Taskbar

I recently got an ultra wide screen and realised that the Windows taskbar is a bit of waste. Let me explain. On an ultra wide screen, the task bar will be very likely just empty most of the time, taking up the precious Y axis of the screen: Since there are many more...

When to use negative identity

The identity value in relational databases is a field that increases automatically. It is often used to create surrogate primary keys. Surrogate keys Surrogate keys are meaningless and are only used to uniquely identify the row, not the data itself. For example,...

How I use dbatools to automate SQL Server installs

I lot of you have asked me to expand on the automated SQL Server installation I mentioned in my previous article: Why I use VMware Workstation instead of Hyper-V on my laptop dbatools is a free PowerShell module with over 500 SQL Server best practice, administration,...

Use CONTEXT_INFO to avoid firing triggers

DML Triggers are commonly used to apply some business rules to the data in the table. The most common implementation would be updating the date_updated column automatically whenever the data in the table changes. For the illustration, this can be done with a following...