Installing SSIS on a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance

This short post, discusses about installing SSIS on a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance and how you can resolve the error message: The instance selected for installation is already installed and clustered on computer [ComputerName]. To continue, select a different instance to cluster.   Reproducing the Error Message If you have already deployed a SQL … Read more…

How to Resolve “The Parameter is Incorrect” Error when Adding New Disk Mount Point

Hi friends. Here’s a quick tip on Windows Clustering and Windows Disk Management and specifically on how to handle the error message “The parameter is incorrect” when working with disks and mount points. Why you get the “Parameter is Incorrect” Error Message Most probably, under certain circumstances, you get the above error message when attempting … Read more…

How to Resolve “Property SpaceAvailabable is not available for Database ‘[tempdb]'”

Under certain circumstances, when working in SQL Server Management Studio, you might get the error message “Property SpaceAvailabable is not available for Database ‘[tempdb]’“.   Why I got this message? Most of the times, you might get the above message because something else happened prior to the action that triggered the error message. For example, … Read more…

Essential SQL Server Administration Tips

SQL Server is one of the world’s leading data platforms. It is a mature platform, full of features that enable you to store, organize, retrieve and transform your data into useful business insights and knowledge. Like in all Database Management Systems, in order for your SQL Server instances to operate to the best possible level … Read more…

How to Add a Database to a SQL Server Availability Group Using T-SQL

In some cases, while trying to add a database to a SQL Server availability group using the wizard in SQL Server Management Studio, you might get some warnings or errors. There is a chance that these warnings/errors won’t let you continue and add the database. For example, a possible warning could be the below: This … Read more…

The Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections Setting in SQL Server

Among its plethora of available and useful settings, SQL Server has a setting that is called “Maximum number of concurrent connections“. This setting by default is set to 0 (zero), which means “unlimited” concurrent connections and it is generally advised not to change it. In case  you changed this setting there is the risk to … Read more…

Top 10 SQL Server DBA Daily Tasks List

DBAs play a major role in the everyday operation of any organization that uses databases. However, the term “healthy database” is often misinterpreted. In the databases world, a healthy database is not just a database that is online and is not corrupted. A healthy database, and consequently an RDBMS instance, have also an “accepted” up-time … Read more…

How to Patch a Standalone SQL Server Instance

Patching SQL Server is an ongoing process. Service packs and cumulative updates are being regularly released, in order to apply possible bug fixes as well as provide additional functionality. This article, suggests a procedure for how to patch a standalone SQL Server instance.   First Patch SQL Server on the TEST Environment First, always patch the … Read more…

There is no SQL Server Failover Cluster Available to Join

If you are trying to add a new node to an existing SQL Server failover cluster and you are getting the error message “There is no SQL Server failover cluster available to join“, then you follow the below procedure for resolving the issue.   Procedure for Resolving the “There is no SQL Server Failover Cluster … Read more…

Encrypting a SQL Server Database Backup

Encrypting a SQL Server database backup is necessary in many cases, especially when the database has sensitive data. SQL Server provides an easy way to encrypt database backups. Let’s further examine this functionality with a step-by-step example. In this example, we are going to backup a SQL Server 2014 database, encrypt it, and then restore … Read more…

How to Patch a SQL Server Failover Cluster

This article discusses how to patch a SQL Server Failover Cluster. Patching SQL Server is one of the main administrative tasks in the DBA’s life. However, patching SQL Server is a procedure that needs to be planned, tested, and performed very carefully.   Below you can find a suggested methodology for patching a failover clustered … Read more…

Operating System Requirements for all SQL Server Versions and Editions

SQL Server is the world’s most powerful data platform and it is constantly evolving. From release to release significant new features are added. Besides the features and functionality, one of the typical question DBAs have is which are the Operating System requirements for each version and edition of SQL Server. In this post you can … Read more…