Microsoft Recertification

Year 2016 is just around the corner. People are in holiday mood and in fact a lot of folks are on vacation at this time around. Project usually take this slow period into account and avoid any heavy personnel involvement and introduce changes only where necessary. This slow time of the year could be a great opportunity to expand knowledge and skills, and possibly look into certification / recertification.

SQL Replication - Subscriber On Different Domain

Setting up SQL Server replication with publisher / distributor on one domain and subscriber on another domain could be tricky. It could be even more interesting when these servers have the same host name. This blog post discuss issues encountered and the steps of addressing them.

SQL Server Replication - Case Study & Implementation

This post discuss of evaluating a business case, with designing and implementing SQL Server replication in a step-by-step tutorial to address the requirement.

Powershell Password Encryption & Decryption

One of the common task in Powershell script design and execution is credential encryption requirement. Some privileged account is used and its credential need to pass to the script in order to access resources. It becomes crucial especially when the execution tasks are being delegated to other users or being automated. As storing the password as clear text is huge security risk and the last thing desired, here in this blog post we discuss a few options on storing the credential securely.

Query Hint and Plan Guide

Query execution plan generated for a SQL query significantly affect the query performance. Parameter sniffing, indexes, statistics and other factors are taken into consideration for SQL Server query optimizer to produce an optimal query plan for the execution within a timely manner. Sometimes, due to certain scenarios and limitation, the query plan generated may be suboptimal. There are multiple ways to address this problem, like modifying the way the query is written, or using query hint or even plan guides under certain circumstances. This blog post discuss an example of using a query hint as well as plan guide.

Query Performance Tuning Example

As DBA, application performance issue and complaints often thrown our way. It is often fun to troubleshoot those performance issue. When it has been identified that the problem lies on SQL Server, it get even more exciting. Here is one of the example of how I tuned a query a while ago and also some lessons learned.

One Important Aspect - Mentor

Looking back to my education and career journey, there were times when I felt like it was totally stagnant, and other times of leap and bound moment. I have came to realize the importance of a mentor.

Execute SSIS remotely - PowerShell

Since SQL Server 2012, Microsoft introduce a new way of interacting and storing SSIS package. SSIS packages are frequently executed in scheduling format often through SQL Server agent jobs. Today blog post will be focusing on remotely calling SSIS package stored in this new SSISDB Catalog.

SQL Server Database File - Date Modified

Recently, there was a discussion if the date modified of the database files shown in Windows explorer could be used to determine when the database was last used (or recently used). Often, this date is used to determine when a file (eg. word, excel) is last updated. Could that also be applied to SQL Serve database?

Microsoft Specialist - Implementing Microsoft Azure Architecture Solutions

I have been using Microsoft Azure with credit from MSDN subscription (Free credit! See the MSDN subscription section on this post) for sometimes now. Mostly for VMs and SQL Database (Microsoft Azure SQL Database). Recently I have also started exploring other Azure services like Azure Active Directory for cloud identity and access management, as well as deploying and implementing .NET web application to Azure Websites along with Visual Studio Online.