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Personally, I am biased. As the team lead for Db2 services here at XTIVIA, I think Db2 and other enterprise database software have significant advantages over some of the open source or free options out there. Decades of time invested and spent solving the problems of...read more
The most concerning issue with SQL Server merge replication is that it is not adequately designed to scale past a very small amount of subscribed instances. From a DBA's perspective, we find merge replication the least desirable of the Microsoft replication...read more
Sometimes when you're looking at Db2 Queries, you may notice question marks in your queries, like this: SELECT partnum, sum(quantity) as QUANTITY FROM orderitems oi INNER JOIN orders o ON oi.orders_id = o.orders_id where o.field3 is null and o.timeplaced is not null...read more
The SSIS subsystem failed to load When this error is received the initial response is to look into SQL Server Integration Services, however this error can occur on systems even when no SSIS is installed. The subsystems are actually related to the SQL Server Agent....read more
What are Statistics? Statistics are exactly what the name implies. They are statistical information about the distribution and/or correlation of data in the first specified column of indexes or tables in the form of a histogram. Histograms measure the frequency of...read more
WSFC fixing Errors for AlwaysOn Availability Group or AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (SQL Clustering)
As a SQL Server DBA, there will be times when you will cross over into the system administrator realm of responsibilities or at a minimum telling them how to fix errors so your SQL environment runs better. WSFC (windows server failover cluster) is setup for AlwaysOn...read more
There may be a time where you install security patch MS15-058, and it shows that it was successfully installed, but the version does not change in SQL. The patch actually failed to install. Follow these instructions get to MS15-058 installed successfully and have the...read more
Have you ever applied a patch to find that the server or service does not start after it was applied? There is nothing worse than working in a maintenance window trying to get services back up as quickly as possible when suddenly SQL will not start. Knowing that your...read more