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This is the official team Web Log for Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) SQL Support. Posts are provided by the CSS SQL Escalation Services
  • Blog Post: Version 9.04.0013 of the RML Utilities for x86 and x64 has been released to the download center

            X64 : http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/a/4/0a41538e-2d57-40ff-ae85-ec4459f7cdaa/RMLSetup_AMD64.msi X86 : http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/6/a/46a3217e-f523-4cc6-96e9-df73dd0fdd04/RMLSetup_X86.msi   This build...
  • Blog Post: SQL Nexus 4.0 Released to codeplex

    We have just released SQL Nexus 4.0 ( https://sqlnexus.codeplex.com/) which supports latest SQL Server (2012) with enhanced reports. In addition to read release notes, make sure you also read the top issues . Please report any issues under the Issues page under https://sqlnexus.codeplex.com/ . ...
  • Blog Post: Interpreting the counter values from sys.dm_os_performance_counters

    The performance counters exposed by SQL Server are invaluable tools for monitoring various aspects of the instance health. The counter data is exposed as a shared memory object for the windows performance monitoring tools to query. It is also available as a Dynamic Management View (DMV) within SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012: RML, XEvent Viewer and Distributed Replay

    Bob Ward, Keith Elmore and I establish goals for every release of SQL Server.   A primary goal is always to make supporting the SQL Server easier.  Not just in the sense of Microsoft support, although it does play a factor, but more so for you (the customer). During SQL Server 2012 planning...
  • Blog Post: How It Works: sys.dm_io_pending_io_requests

    I have been working an issue where the DMV was returning io_pending_ms_ticks incorrectly.  The following output is an example of ~164 hour delay. Unlikely to occur without any other side effects noted. select * from sys . dm_io_pending_io_requests In the process of this investigation I uncovered...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Down Missing Indexes in SQL Azure

    One of the challenges of SQL Azure is that not all of the TSQL that you are used to using is supported yet.  Since the underlying engine is plain ole’ SQL Server, the engine can understand the TSQL, but we just block its use because we haven’t yet made it work in the multi-tenant, multi-server environment...
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