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At some point in my career, I had been bitten enough times by linked servers failing to connect that I built a way to automate the checking of the linked server connections....

I wrote a post recently about troubleshooting connectivity for endpoints on Microsoft Azure VMs. The day the post went out I was greeted with this tweet:http://t.co/Ww3MyYjwPu right on time context post for me @SQLRockstar tx sir. Need to see on ports for my #linux vms with #mysql running :) — Shyam Viking...

It was a simple enough question, or so I thought. One I felt should be either a simple “yes” or “no”.“Do we block remote desktop connections here?”Sure enough, I got back the quick and simple answer I expected, along with a question for myself.“Nope. We don’t block any RDP sessions....

Are you afraid of deploying (or supporting) an instance of Windows Server Core?Are you telling others to "stay away" because of your own fears of doing something new?Then I am here to tell you that you're doing it wrong.Last month I decided that it was time to get down and...

Recently I found myself looking to automate a process that would connect to a database server and run a bunch of queries and return the results of SET STATISTICS IO for each one. I could certainly load my scripts into SSMS and output the results to a text file, but...