Monthly Archives: October 2011

Making NetApp SnapManager “Play Nice”

Implementing NetApp SnapManager for SQL Server

I’m a firm believer in using any software at your disposal to it’s fullest.  There are times though that I curse my own name for adopting this mantra, because let’s face it, some software just refuses to “Play Nice”.  I don’t want to sound too critical here, but NetApp’s SnapManager for SQL Server product is one of those, how shall I say, onerous applications.  If you find yourself running into issues with the tool or are exploring the possibilities of adopting it in your environment, read on as I go over some of its idiosyncrasies.
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Truncating Tables Without Elevated Rights

A common request from users is to receive “Truncate Table Rights” within a database.  Because a truncate statement is a DDL command, this isn’t nearly as easy to fulfill as most people would expect.  Faced with this challenge, a DBA might even find themselves choosing between elevating the user’s rights (e.g. including them into the db_ddladmin or db_owner role) or being a bad guy and flat-out denying the request.  Neither option is a win for both parties, so thankfully (in SQL 2005 and later) there is another solution.

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Eliminating Static Output Logs

Using Tokens to Create Dynamically Named Job Step Output Logs

There are situations that make me think I need to find and enroll in a “Making Better Google Searches” class.  After some brief digging into Ola Halengren’s Maintenance Solution I inadvertently came across the way of creating log file names dynamically for job step output.  While this may not sound all that wonderful, I’ve asked a lot of people how to do this over the years (including MS support during various incident resolutions) and no one has been able to tell me what it took 2 minutes of digging into Ola’s solution to find.  I think the problem isn’t the folks I asked, but how I asked the question.  Anyway, read on and I will show you the way to create dynamic output log names within a Job Step’s Advanced Tab.

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