SQL Monitor

SQL Monitor plans for the second half of 2017

SQL Monitor’s dev team has made huge improvements to the product over the last year. In the first half of 2017 alone, they released reporting capabilities, support for collecting metrics from VMWare hosts, significant improvements to performance and scalability, improved configurability of alerts, as well as dozens of smaller enhancements. Since we’re about half way Read more

SQL Prompt

The Louis Davidson custom style for SQL Prompt

My previous article in this series explained why it’s important for a development team to adopt a common standard for formatting SQL code. It also gave a broad overview of the styles and actions within SQL Prompt that can help define and implement that standard. Unfortunately, many teams avoid the topic of a standard code Read more

SQL Prompt

How to implement a SQL formatting standard using SQL Prompt v8

With ten programmers working on the same project, how do you agree on a standard style for formatting SQL code, and then implement it consistently? One way is through draconian rules, meeting after meeting, and the occasional sacrifice of a programmer to put the fear in those who remain. If that doesn’t sound like fun, Read more

SQL Monitor

VMware monitoring in SQL Monitor

Over the years, running SQL Server inside a virtual machine has changed from being a bit of a strange and risky idea to being commonplace and offering a range of benefits: more effective distribution of load, more flexible provisioning and allowing additional tiers of redundancy to be put in place. Though these factors are compelling, Read more

SQL Data Generator

Basic data masking for development work using SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator

This article describes a lightweight copy-and-generate approach for making a sanitized version of a production database available to development teams with SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator. We build the latest database version (schema only), then copy into it, from the production database, the data for any tables and columns that don’t require masking. For Read more

SQL Clone

Using striped backups with SQL Clone

If you’re a Redgate SQL Backup customer, occasionally you’ll need to convert your SQL Backup (.sqb) files to the native SQL Server backup format (.bak), perhaps to perform native database restores on a server where SQL Backup isn’t installed. This produces a striped backup, because each thread used when making the backup will produce a Read more

SQL Doc

How to document multiple SQL Server databases using SQL Doc and PowerShell

You can use SQL Doc’s command-line parameters to automate database documentation, but when you try to automate the process of documenting a group of databases on a server, they sometimes don’t give you enough control over your automated job. The GUI does offer far more settings but when you’re running an automated process, you can’t Read more

SQL Compare

How to deploy a database plus static data using SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare

We can use the SQL Compare Pro command line with PowerShell to automate the process of creating a new build script for a version of the database, from the object scripts in the VCS. However, what if we want to include static data in the build? This article describes how to the use the SQL Read more

SQL Clone

Why is my clone so small?

If you have a very large database, up to 64TB in size, SQL Clone will let you copy, or ‘clone’, that database many times, very quickly, making the full database available in multiple SQL Server instances across your development and test environments. And yet in each of these instances, the cloned database takes up only Read more

SQL Clone

Backup and restore of a SQL Clone

With SQL Clone, I can create multiple copies of my database, for testing, very quickly. First, I create an image of the source database, and then from that image I can create multiple clones. Each copy, or clone, appears to SQL Server as a normal database, and yet occupies a fraction of the disk space Read more