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Rodney Landrum

Rodney Landrum has been architecting solutions for SQL Server for over 10 years. He has worked with and written about many SQL Server technologies, including DTS, Integration Services, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services. He has authored three books on Reporting Services including his most recent 2008 edition for Apress. He is a regular contributor to SQL Server magazine and Simple-talk.com, where he blogs on about things like spiders, beer, somnambulance and SQL. His three recent articles in SQL Server magazine on building a DBA repository with SSIS and SSRS have been well received and implemented widely by DBAs around the world. Rodney also speaks regularly on SQL topics at such events as SQL Saturday and the Pensacola SQL Server Users Group. His day job finds him overseeing the health and well being of over 100 SQL Servers as manager of database administration in Pensacola, Florida.

SSRS Reports as a Data Source in Excel 2013

DBAs are expected to know how to administer the technologies that are available with and peripheral to SQL Server. To properly administer them, it certainly helps to understand the technology from the point of view of the user. By using an existing SSRS report as a data feed for Excel, Rodney Landrum explains how these users can now take advantage of development efforts in new ways. Read more...

Centralizing and Analyzing SQL Backup Pro Backup and Restore Data

The more servers that a DBA is responsible for, the more important it is to have an automated way of documenting and reporting the admin events and activity in these servers. It is particularly useful to know about the outcomes of backups and restores. Read more...

The Strategic Value of Monitoring SQL Servers

Why would you ever need to automatically monitor the SQL Servers in your care? What is the business value of doing so? What are the important features that a DBA should look for in a performance-monitoring tool? Rodney gives answers based on long experience. Read more...

Using SQL HyperBac to Compress Exported Data from SSIS and BCP

Because SQL Hyperbac works at the Windows I/O level, it can be configured to work not just with the database files, but also with the files for BCP, DTS, SSIS and SQL Trace/Profiler. This means that many ETL processes can be done faster, more securely and using less disk space than before. Read more...

Consolidating SQL Server Error Logs from Multiple Instances Using SSIS

SQL Server hides a lot of very useful information in its error log files. Unfortunately, the process of hunting through all these logs, file-by-file, server-by-server, can cause a problem. Rodney Landrum offers a solution which will allow you to pull error log records from multiple servers into a central database, for analysis and reporting with T-SQL. Read more...

Managing Data Growth in SQL Server

'Help, my database ate my disk drives!'. Many DBAs spend most of their time dealing with variations of the problem of database processes consuming too much disk space. This happens because of errors such as incorrect configurations for recovery models, data growth for large objects and queries that overtax TempDB resources. Rodney describes, with some feeling, the errors that can lead to this sort of crisis for the working DBA, and their solution. Read more...

Eating SQL Server Installations for Breakfast

Here you will find wholesome SQL Server installations on the menu, complete with Express, Continental and Deluxe breakfast choices, depending on your application’s appetite. This is the article where your new SQL Server installation is completely yours, having not as yet been turned over to the general populace of developers or users. Enjoy it while you can: From the SQL Server Tacklebox Read more...

Finding Data Corruption

In this article, taken from Chapter 8 of his new book, SQL Server Tacklebox, Rodney describes how a working DBA goes about troubleshooting data corruption. He demonstrates the tools and scripts required to seek out and fix data corruption in a timely manner, and so prevent it propagating into your backups. Read more...

SQL Server Tacklebox Free eBook

As a DBA, how well-prepared are you to tackle issues such as backup failure due to lack of disk space, or locking and blocking that is preventing critical business processes from running, or data corruption due to a power failure in the disk subsystem? If you have any hesitation in your answers to these questions, then Rodney Landrum's SQL Server Tacklebox is a must-read. Read more...

The DBA as Detective: Troubleshooting Locking and Blocking

In this article, taken from Chapter 5 of his great new book, SQL Server Tacklebox, Rodney describes in his own unique style how he, as a working DBA, goes about troubleshooting problem queries, and investigating various types of locking and blocking problems. In the process, he  passes on valuable tips learned from practical, and sometimes stressful, experience. Read more...

SQL Server Tacklebox

Inside the SQL Server Tacklebox you'll find day-to-day tools, scripts and techniques to automate and standardize SQL Server installation, document and report on your servers, migrate data and manage data growth, troubleshoot performance issues, receive notifications of impending issues, secure access to your servers and fight off the data corruption monster Read more...

The DBA Script Thumb

Like many DBAs, Rodney has squirrelled away a large number of routines that he uses almost daily to check on his servers and databases. Of this large collection he chooses five that he wouldn't want to be without. and there is something for everyone in this DBA's Script collection which goes with him on his 'Script thumb' Read more...

SQL Server eBook Download - SQL Server Tacklebox

The SQL Server Tacklebox contains a collection of practical tools and techniques to automate and standardize SQL Server installation, document and report on servers, migrate data and manage data growth, troubleshoot performance issues, receive notifications of impending issues, secure access servers and fight off the data corruption. Read more...

Using SSIS to monitor SQL Server Databases

Rodney Landrum is a DBA who manages over eighty SQL Servers. It is a job that requires a great deal of ingenuity. He needed a way of knowing if there were signs of trouble anywhere in his servers. Here he describes how the use of SSIS saved him a great deal of time in getting a monitoring system in place and working Read more...

Doing Eighty Things at Once

Rodney Landrum is a SQL Server DBA for a large company, with at least eighty SQL Servers to look after. He is now a great fan of SQL Multiscript and explains why ... Read more...

Changing Service Credentials

One day, you may need to change those service credentials under which your SQL Server services normally run. If you have a number of servers, then you'll really want to read about Rodney's solution. Read more...

Temporarily Changing an Unknown Password of the sa Account

You are asked for the sa password for a SQL Server in order to perform a software upgrade. You, the DBA, don't know the password and it's not documented. Rodney Landrum provides a way out of this dilemma, demonstrating two techniques for temporarily changing the password, and then returning it to its previous unknown value. Read more...

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