Hosting the Performance Dashboard Reports in SSRS

I blogged a while back about modifying the SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard reports to run on SQL Server 2008. I’ve since been working with several customers who use these reports for performance troubleshooting, but who would like to host them on their Reporting Services platform so they can be viewed online instead of within…


SSUG Presentation 19th August

Thanks to all who attended the SSUG meeting in Edinburgh last night. I’ve included my slides and demo scripts in the attached file ( I’ve also included some additional references relating to discussions we had during the course of the evening. If you need any other information, give me a shout. Creating a Statistics-only “Cloned”…


Scottish SQL Server User Group Meeting 19th August

The next Scottish SQL Server User Group meeting will take place on Thursday 19th August at the Microsoft offices in Edinburgh. I’ll be talking about SQL Server execution plans and how to use them to identify issues in your application code and Martin will be educating us all with his knowledge of Extended Events. Pizza and…


SQL Server Wow64 Perfmon Issues

I recently came across some issues running perfmon on Windows Server 2003 where the OS is 64-bit and SQL Server is 32-bit (Wow64). The SQL Performance counters were not appearing as the default Perfmon is 64-bit, which is unable to read the 32-bit SQL counters. Running the 32-bit version of Perfmon allows us to read…


SQLBits VI Conference – London 16th April

I am very happy to announce that I’ve been chosen as a speaker for the SQLBits VI conference in London on the 16th April. The theme for this conference is performance and scalability and I’ll be talking about some of the new features in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 in this area. There is a great…


Scottish SQL Server User Group Meeting – 25th Feb

The next Scottish SQL Server User Group meeting will take place in the Microsoft Edinburgh office on Thursday the 25th February. Quest Software’s Iain Kick will be talking about performance troubleshooting and Alistair Board and Martin Bell will be talking about their experiences and resources available for learning SQL Server. As always, it promises to…


Mirroring Multiple SQL Server Databases on a Single Instance

This is a question I get asked a lot by customers (last week being the latest) and the answer really depends on which platform you are running on. There is a support policy in Books Online that states that we only support a maximum of 10 mirrored databases per instance on 32-bit systems, however in…


Scottish SQL Server User Group Meeting – Oct 8th

I have the great pleasure of speaking at the next Scottish SQL Server User Group meeting being held in Mocrosoft’s Edinburgh ofice on Thursday the 8th of October. Full details can be found on the UK User Group site. My talk will focus on some of the great tools we have for collecting and analysing…


Troubleshooting SQL Server 2008 Performance Problems

A new whitepaper covering the topic of performance troubleshooting in SQL Server 2008 has now been released. You can download the paper from the following link:


SQL Server 2005 Multi-Site Clustering with Windows Server 2008

I was working recently with a customer who was looking to deploy a SQL Server 2005 cluster across 2 geographically dispersed sites using Windows Server 2008. They were looking to utilise the new clustering improvements in Windows Server 2008 to build a highly available SQL Server solution. The customer required automatic failover between the sites…