SQL Server Installation and Setup Best Practices

Installing SQL Server, especially on standalone servers, is a relatively easy process. However, efficiently installing SQL Server, is a whole different story. Via this article, I will be sharing with you, some useful tips regarding SQL Server Installation and Setup Best Practices. The list of best practices presented in this article, is not exhaustive, but … Read more…

SQL Server Versions Currently Supported and their End Dates

When working with SQL Server, not only as Database Administrator but also as Developer, you need to know the SQL Server versions currently supported by Microsoft, as well as their extended support end dates, in order to plan ahead. And planning ahead does not only mean planning possible SQL Server instance migrations, but also, plan … Read more…

What are SQL Server Always On Availability Groups?

SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups is a technology that was initially released by Microsoft with SQL Server 2012. The main concept, is that you have your data available in more than one sites at the same time. To this end, you have groups of databases that have primary replicas and secondary replicas. These replicas are hosted … Read more…

How to Find the OS Version of your SQL Server Machine – Single vs Many Machines

Finding the Windows OS version of a single SQL Server machine is easy. There many ways you can do it. However, what about when you work with hundreds of SQL Server instances? How can you efficiently generate a report with the OS versions? This article discusses some of the methods you can use to find … Read more…

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…

About SQL Server Compatibility Levels

Each SQL Server version has a specific native compatibility level, as a way to distinguish it from other SQL Server versions. The compatibility level is used internally in SQL Server for many operations. For example, if you try to restore a database backup taken on SQL Server 2017 with native compatibility level 140, to an … 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…