Maintenance

Quick Way to Check Which is the Active Node in a Failover Clustered Instance

If you have a SQL Server failover clustered instance, often you'll want to know which server is acting as the active node. This is easy since you can just check in Windows Cluster Failover Manager which node is the current owner. But what if you have multiple clusters and you want to check them all?… Continue reading Quick Way to Check Which is the Active Node in a Failover Clustered Instance

Maintenance

Recovering a Database in Restoring State Leaves Broker Disabled

Earlier this week I came across an interesting situation where a tail log backup of some databases were taken before a migration - meaning a final transaction log backup was taken and the database was set into RESTORING state. The interesting part came where we recovered the same database on the same server (not restored… Continue reading Recovering a Database in Restoring State Leaves Broker Disabled

SQL Server Management Studio

How to Silently Install SQL Server Management Studio

If you find that you're installing SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) often or on many servers, you might find that installing it silently, a.k.a. unattended, is more suitable than installing it through the usual method using the install wizard. First, you can download the latest SSMS installer from Microsoft's SSMS download page, or from this… Continue reading How to Silently Install SQL Server Management Studio

Server Configuration

Configure Database Mail and Test it – All using T-SQL

When configuring a new SQL Server instance, you probably want to configure Database Mail. As with all your post install configuration changes, it's better to do it using a script to save yourself a whole heap of time while ensuring all your SQL Server instances are standardised and consistent. Unfortunately it's not as easy to… Continue reading Configure Database Mail and Test it – All using T-SQL

Maintenance

How to Move TempDB to a different Drive or Folder

Sometimes you'll need to move the TempDB files to a different drive or folder. It's a pretty simple operation and I'll provide a script for you to use. Typically to move the TempDB files, you would do it in 3 stages: Set the new location in SQL Server, by running a command in SSMSRestart SQL… Continue reading How to Move TempDB to a different Drive or Folder

Maintenance

Detaching then Attaching a Database Loses the Database Settings

In my last post about moving database files, I touched on the point when you detach and then attach a database, you lose some of the database settings. This is a real gotcha that many people don't realise...until they've done it and wonder why things become broken. The database settings that get changed when you… Continue reading Detaching then Attaching a Database Loses the Database Settings

Maintenance

Moving Database Files, It Ain’t That Hard

From time to time, the database data files (like *.mdf and *.ndf), or transaction log files (like *.ldf) need to be moved or renamed, in some way or another. Sometimes, to a different drive or volume. Sometimes, to a different folder on the same drive. Sometimes, the files need to be renamed too. For some… Continue reading Moving Database Files, It Ain’t That Hard

SSRS

Installing Multiple SSRS Instances on a Server is a Thing of the Past

Recently I ran into an unexpected problem where I tried to install multiple instances of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) on one server. After installing the first SSRS instance successfully, I attempted to install the second instance. Only, I couldn't see where or how to install the second instance. It turns out, since SSRS 2017,… Continue reading Installing Multiple SSRS Instances on a Server is a Thing of the Past