Pulling Non-Clustered Index Data

Kenneth Fisher shows using a non-clustered index potentially to reconstruct corrupted data on a clustered index:

So why would you want to do this? Well lets say for example you have a table in a database where the clustered index has become corrupted. Let’s further say that no one mentioned this to you for .. say a year. (No judging!) So your only option at this point might be to use the REPAIR_ALLOW_DATA_LOSS of DBCC CHECKDB. But when you are done how much data has actually been lost? Can you get any of it back?

If you’ve lived a good life and are very lucky, you might recover all data this way.  Otherwise, it’s a good idea to run CHECKDB more frequently and check those backups regularly as well.

Identify Page Split Sources

Dennes Torres shows us how to figure out where bad page splits are occurring:

When one page becomes full and a new page is needed this is reported as a page split, but this is a regular operation with no bad consequences for our queries. The problem happens with updates and non-sequential inserts, when the row needs to be inserted in the middle of the pages of the object and there is no space for this. SQL Server creates a new page, transfers half of the page data to the new page and writes the row data. This creates page fragmentation and is very bad for performance and is also reported as page split.

We can find the bad page splits using the event sql_server.transaction_log. This event monitors all the activities in the transaction log, because that we need to use with caution. We can filter the ‘operation’ field looking for the value 11, which means LOP_DELETE_SPLIT. This is the deletion of rows that happens when SQL Server is moving rows from one page to another in a page split, a bad page split.

It’d be nice to be able to find the particular query causing the page split, and it’d also be nice to find a less resource-intensive method of displaying this information.

Documentation Survey

The SQL Server team is asking for your help:

The SQL Server documentation team is working to improve the SQL Server documentation in an effort to enable you be more successful with and gain more value from SQL Server. Please let us know your thoughts on how we can improve the documentation by taking this brief survey by March 18.

We appreciate and are listening to your feedback! Thank you.

The questions aren’t very onerous, so help out the documentation folks and fill it out.

Mobile Reports In SSRS 2016

James Anderson shows off mobile-friendly reports in SSRS 2016:

To install Mobile Report Publisher, click the down arrow in the SSRS portal and select the Mobile Report Publisher. Download the installer and click through to the end. Install the C++ redistributable. If you have used DataZen then the designer will look very familiar.

It’s nice seeing Reporting Services all grown up.

Windows Authentication On Linux

Ryan Adams shows us how to get Active Directory authentication on Linux using Samba and PAM:

Back to our question at hand.  Since the preview just got released I have not had a chance to test this out with SQL Server.  However, you can use Active Directory accounts with Linux and Unix by using Samba and PAM.  I see no reason why this implementation would not also work with SQL Server on Linux, but again I have not yet had a chance to test this out.  Since I already have some written installation instructions, that’s what I am providing here.

Chrissy LeMaire, in the comments, shows how to do it in OpenSUSE.  She also has a brand new blog post on the topic.

Parameterizing Attunity Queries In SSIS

Melissa Coates shows us how to parameterize queries if you’re using the Attunity connector for Oracle in SSIS:

The Attunity connector for Oracle used inside of the SSIS data flow looks a little different than the typical OLE DB connector we most commonly use. Specifically, the Attunity source has two options: “Table Name” and “SQL command.” What the Attunity Oracle Source doesn’t have in this dialog box is “SQL command from variable” (like we see for an OLE DB source).

Expressions are your friend.

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