Partial Restore from a Full Backup

28 Oct


So, you have a multi-terabyte database and a SQL Server full backup. Just imagine that you do something that wrecks the data in one table (and of course, that has never happened), the only secure copy is within a backup file that will take several hours to restore and you don’t have the time or the space for such an act. Continue reading

Installing PowerShell Module Without Internet Access

30 Sep


I need to install a new PowerShell module onto a server that has no access to the Internet, so I am unable to use the Install-Module command.


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Availability Groups Can Use Snapshot Isolation

7 Aug

Whilst reading up on the finer details of High Availability Groups (HA Groups) I have discovered that it can, under certain circumstances, use Snapshot Isolation Level and therefore, row versioning. This has implications with your monitoring and maintenance tasks.
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XML AUTO – Basic Examples

20 Jun


Continuing my series of XML articles I’m going to move from XML RAW to XML AUTO with a handful of examples that share features between the two. Continue reading

XML RAW, ELEMENTS and ROOT – Basic Examples

29 Apr


Most systems that I have worked with make use of the XML data type. I don’t find it to be the most intuitive data type to work with but most aspects of it can be built upon from a few basic examples. This will be part of a developing series that will cover XML and JSON. Continue reading

Finding the SQL Server Error Log

27 Mar

Having attempted to start an old test instance from SQL Server Configuration Manager, I received the wonderful error “The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion. Consult the event log or other applicable error logs for details

Error From Configuration Manager

More helpful than some message you can get – at least it tells me where to look.

So, where is the error log for SQL Server? As I rarely need to access it and always forget how to find it, this small article has been written. I write these articles for myself – if anybody else finds them useful then that’s a bonus.

Configuration Manager is where the startup parameters can be seen, for the instance in question. The ‘-e’ parameter is the location of the error logs is stored.

Showing the location of the error log

So, looking in the file ‘ERRORLOG’, in the given location I can see that the creation of TempDB failed, due to a permissions issue (access denied).

Permissions issue with TempDB

To resolve this issue I checked the folder and the existing TempDB files were set to read-only. Who knows how that happened but the solution was easy enough. Having removed those files (because TempDB is re-created every time) the instance was able to start correctly and all is good in my world.

Of course, this won’t be the solution to every problem but at least you now know where to look for more information.