BACKUP DATABASE TO DISK = N‘NUL’ – and misconceptions

Hopefully this will help someone out there. There is a command, BACKUP DATBASE <db_name> TO DISK = N'NUL' and apparently people either don't know that is there, or are using it for all the wrong purposes. We use this particular command to find out our "golden point", so to speak, which means that we can … Continue reading BACKUP DATABASE TO DISK = N‘NUL’ – and misconceptions

Execution of job LSRestore_ failed. See history for details

I've been itching all day to write about this, but I got caught in way too many other small issues, but now, that I'm home, I hope I get the chance to write about this little mishap that I got today. I was documenting an emergency role change for a secondary involved in log shipping … Continue reading Execution of job LSRestore_ failed. See history for details

Book review: SQL Wait Stats Joes 2 Pros: SQL Performance Tuning Techniques Using Wait Statistics, Types & Queues

Alright, I bought the book and started reading it. Now, this is just my very first impression with the book, so don't take it too seriously. First of all, on a 1 to 5 scale, I would give it somewhere between 3.5 and 4. In other words, above average. OK, hold on, justice is NOT … Continue reading Book review: SQL Wait Stats Joes 2 Pros: SQL Performance Tuning Techniques Using Wait Statistics, Types & Queues

Failed to load msxmlsql.dll is SQL Server 2005

Now, there are a plethora of posts about it, and two of them really stand out: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;941105 - an issue with Windows Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929668 - if SQL Server 2005 is a (direct) upgrade from SQL Server 2000 Also, you will find many blog posts suggesting to attempt a repair of the MSXM 6 (currently, … Continue reading Failed to load msxmlsql.dll is SQL Server 2005