November 2017

Considerations When Using SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking

SQL Server 2016 introduced a new security feature called Dynamic Data Masking.  With the General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR) breathing heavy down most IT in America’s neck, its good timing.

Dynamic Sampling vs. Extended Statistics

On datawarehouse databases, I frequently recommend increasing the level of dynamic sampling because:

nVision Performance Tuning: 7 Analysis of Tree Usage with the Selector Log

This blog post is part of a series that discusses how to get optimal performance from PeopleSoft nVision reporting as used in General Ledger.

Over time, the selector log will build up a picture of how each tree is used in a system. Here are two examples of how it can be used.

You may look at a piece of SQL generated by nVision, it will have a literal value for the selector number, and you want to know about that particular selector.

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WITH t as (
SELECT DISTINCT d.tree_name, s.dtl_fieldname, d.tree_acc_method, d.tree_acc_Selector, d.tree_acc_sel_opt

So good … it’s scary

Well…this isn’t a horror movie, it’s something awesome

#Accenture #Enkitec Group at #DOAG2017

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when DOAG (Deutsche Oracle Anwender Gruppe) is about to host its annual conference – probably the largest Oracle event in Europe!

Friday Philosophy – What Makes a Community?

Earlier this week Daniel Westermann asked a question on twitter: “What is community?”

Azure SQL Database- Automatic Index Management

As I begin my education in SQL Server 2017, as well as Azure SQL Database, my attention was caught by the optimizer improvements and especially automatic tuning.

East Coast Oracle Conference, (ECO 17)

So this week I’m back on the other coast, Raleigh, NC at ECO17 after last week in Seattle. I’ve switched from SQL Server to Oracle and we won’t discuss how many times I had to correct myself as I said, “transaction log” instead of “archive log” and pointed west instead of east for the ocean…My expression at times was similar to Obi Wan’s-

For the next month, I’ll be sticking to the Oracle side, as this is going to be a crazy month for travel.  My two sessions at ECO this week were well attended and I really enjoyed talking to folks and learning some new schtuff.

Little things worth knowing: scheduler jobs and Instance Caging

While updating material for a training class about Database Resource Management I briefly wondered if Instance Caging should apply for scheduler jobs as well. The obvious answer is “yes”, but I wanted to find proof. I hope I did in the end, and wanted to share how I got there.

The test environment

My system is based on the shiny new AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Eight-Core Processor, and it shows as 1s8c16t. I really like it! My 12.2.0.1 database named DEMO is patched to August 2017 – 12.2.0.1.170814 to be precise. It’s difficult to test resource management, and specifically Instance Caging, with a dual-core laptop, so this machine should help!

Test setup

Apart from the database workload I am soon going to launch the system is otherwise idle. I set cpu_count to 4 and made sure I had a resource manager plan active:

Kudos to Pass Summit 2017

This week I had the opportunity to present at Microsoft’s Pass Summit, which was one of two events I had on my list for this year, (the other was Oracle Open World.) Although I’m still learning about all the events on the Microsoft side, unlike Oracle, where there’s one, massive event in San Francisco each fall, Microsoft has split their annual events into three to focus on each audience. In less than two months, there was MS Ignite in Florida, focused on tomorrow’s technology, IT Dev Connections, geared towards development and then this week, Pass Summit, for the Data Platform expert, (DBA and Data Scientist…)  I’m unsure of what events are going to have to leave my list I currently attend to fit these ones in, but somethings going to have to give.