ER Diagram Software Options for SQL Server

I’ve seen this come up several times recently in the SQL Server Community. There are diagrams built in to SSMS, but they’re a bit limited in their usefulness. You can’t easily break them down into sub-models or

SSRS, Data Sources, Stored Credentials, and Service Accounts

I was helping with the setup of a new SSRS instance on our servers recently and was puzzled when we tried to configure the data source. I wanted to set up a shared data source with a

SSIS Catalog (SSISDB) Cleanup

I really appreciate what MS has done w/ the SSIS Catalog. We have built-in logging at a level that wasn’t possible in prior releases, but that comes at a cost. The default retention is pretty high (365

Troubleshooting Database Mail on SQL Server 2016

tl/dr – Install the .NET Framework 3.5 feature on your server I was setting up a new SQL Server 2016 machine today and going through the normal configurations – setting permissions, setting backup/data locations, configuring database mail

Long-Running Queries and Extended Events

This has been something I’ve wanted to investigate for a while now. I’ve know you could use Profiler and set up server-side traces to capture long-running events, but was curious how to do the same with Extended

SQL Server 2016, Database Mail and .Net 3.5 Framework

I came across this post in the SQL Server Slack chats and wanted to make sure that this information was shared so others don’t fall into this trap. Not having .NET 3.5 installed w/ SQL 2016 means

Getting All Permissions for Server

We recently had to work out a way to fetch and display all effective permissions granted to our Production SQL Server. I had been required to get all permissions at the DB level before, but even then

SQL Server Audits and Action_IDs

We were recently re-doing our SQL Server Audits and I was reminded again how painful setting the filters can be. MS expects an integer for “action_id”, but to actually use, them you need to know what those

Database Lifecycle Management – Dacpacs

I came across an excellent article recently @ Simple-Talk discussing Dacpacs, working with them, structures, etc. in quite a bit of detail for a short article. This post discuses benefits, drawbacks, and potential areas of concern for

Pre-deploy SQL Scripts before checking for changes

I just came across a post from Ed Elliot (b | t ) about running Scripts before the SQL Package process runs. Sort of a “Pre” Pre-deploy script.  The concept is simple enough, but it’s something people