Top 10 Free SQL Server Tools

Top 10 SQL Server Tools

I know you all love talking about your favorite tools and maintenance scripts. Whether your pleasure is problem diagnosis, query tuning, index analysis or performance monitoring. These sql server tools are all available absolutely free and with the common goal of making your life easier.

Checkout SQLMonitor live in action right now

Did you see the editorial post from SQLServerCentral this morning? It’s very cool and I wanted to bring it to your attention. Those clever chaps have gone and deployed the latest edition of SQLMonitor from RedGate on the SQLServerCentral website and made the dashboards available for you to interact with online, in real time. Take [...]

Superb listing of free SQL Server tools

Paul Randal pointed me in the direction of an awesome resource list of FREE SQL Server tools. There is an absolute mountain of quality stuff here and I wanted to share it with you all. Free SQL Server Tools that might make your life easier Be sure to me know which resources you use and [...]

Automate SQL Server Index Defragmentation,Optimisation

This week I came across what could quite possibly be, the best SQL Server index defrag script I have seen. This little beauty is fully customisable and is freely available courtesy of Michelle Ufford (aka SQL Fool) on her blog SQLFool.com As you know, it is just not practical to use a SQL Server Maintenance [...]

Performance Comparison of (SELECT TOP 1) Verses MAX()

Figure 1: Select Top query, with no index.

I recently came across a post on Stackoverflow regarding the performance of using a SELECT TOP 1 query in comparison to using the MAX() function. My initial thoughts on this were that the MAX() function would provide the best performance however, in order to be absolutely certain and prove my initial hypothesis I decided to [...]

New SQL Server Resources

    One of the joys of working with SQL Server technologies is that there are some truly great knowledge resources available for use. You just have to know where to look. With the volume of information available it can be difficult to sift out the really good stuff. I know throughout my time as [...]

Being Organised

An essential skill trait for a good DBA in my view is being organised. With the responsibility of administering and managing vast numbers of servers/jobs/processes simultaneously across the globe, it goes without saying that being organised can come in handy. What with so much going on at any given time, it can be tricky to [...]