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Ultimate Free SQL Server Toolkit

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Free and useful tools have proliferated since the launch of the CodePlex and SourceForge websites. Join Kevin Kline, long-time author of the SQL Server Magazine column "Tool Time", as he profiles the very best of the free tools covered in his monthly column - dozens of free tools and utilities! Some of the cover tools help to:
- Track database growth
- Implement logging in SSIS job steps
- Stress test your database applications
- Automate important preventative maintenance tasks
- Automate maintenance tasks for Analysis Services
- Help protect against SQL Injection attacks
- Graphically manage Extended Events
- Utilize PowerShell scripts to ease administration

And much more. These tools are all free and independently supported by SQL Server enthusiasts around the world.

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Ultimate Free SQL Server Toolkit

  1. 1. SQLintersection The Ultimate Free SQL Server Toolkit Kevin Kline kkline@sqlsentry.com SQL123
  2. 2. Overview  Relational Engine Tools  Security  Administration  Transact-SQL  Testing  Performance  DTS/SSIS/SQLAgent  Analysis Services Tools  Non-SQL Server Tools too good to miss
  3. 3. Freebies!  Free new ebooks (regularly $10) to all requests to sales@sqlsentry.com:
  4. 4. © SQLintersection. All rights reserved. http://www.SQLintersection.com Query Tuning  Free Plan Explorer download: http://www.sqlsentry.com/plan-explorer/ 4
  5. 5. General Security – Because there is no patch for stupid  Bookmark it! http://www.sqlsecurity.com  SQLPing 3.0: discover all SQL Servers.  Lockdown.sql: locks down rarely used functionality/security holes, while not breaking common features.  Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer:  Perform a security assessment of your Windows Servers.  Latest version, Jan 2015, is at http://bit.ly/1IJ6bkg.  Resource Center, with lots of sample scripts, available at http://bit.ly/1PTBiIT.  Don’t let security be an afterthought
  6. 6. SQL Injection – ever heard of locking the door?  URL Scan v3.1: http://bit.ly/1Pv4uL6  Can filter requests based on query strings to help mitigate SQL injection and other attacks which use a query string payload.  The ability to created custom rules that scan parts of your HTTP requests.  Code Analysis Tool for .NET: http://bit.ly/1cMPUNg  A command-line that tool helps you identify security flaws within a managed code (C#, Visual Basic .NET, J#) application you are developing  Scans the binary and/or assembly of the application, and tracing the data flow among its statements, methods, and assemblies.  Two cool tools (HP Scrawlr and Microsoft Source Code Analyzer for SQL Injection) have gone extinct.
  7. 7. Monitoring – WHASSUP?!?
  8. 8. Monitoring & Troubleshooting  SP_WhoIsActive, http://bit.ly/1zgEZpT:  My favorite for finding out user activity. And it now supports Azure!  Brent’s Blitz, http://www.brentozar.com/blitz/:  My favorite for SQL Server health check.  Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL), https://pal.codeplex.com/:  A rich set of collectors and GUIs to assess performance across many servers. Good for Windows, SQL Server, and other products like Exchange.  Internals Viewer, http://internalsviewer.codeplex.com :  see how data is written at the 8k page level
  9. 9. Monitoring & Troubleshooting  SP_WHOISACTIVE, http://sqlblog.com/files/folders/beta/entry42453.aspx:  My favorite for finding out user activity. And it now supports Azure!  Brent’s Blitz, http://www.brentozar.com/blitz/:  My favorite for SQL Server health check.  Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL), https://pal.codeplex.com/:  A rich set of collectors and GUIs to assess performance across many servers. Good for Windows, SQL Server, and other products like Exchange.  Internals Viewer: see how data is written at the 8k page level, http://internalsviewer.codeplex.com
  10. 10. Administration – Suite! Er, sweet!  SSMS Tools Pack: http://www.ssmstoolspack.com/  a snap-in that enhances SSMS with CRUD procedure generation, T-SQL formatted, generated CRUD stored procedures, and much more,  SQLPSX: http://sqlpsx.codeplex.com  A boatload of security management PowerShell scripts for SQL Server  Finebuild: https://sqlserverfinebuild.codeplex.com/  Makes it easy for anyone to produce a best-practice installation and configuration of SQL Server.  SQL Server Migration Assistants:  Ready to move off of Oracle, Sybase, or Access? http://tinyurl.com/yht5yon  The 80/20 principle in action.
  11. 11. Administration – mo betta  Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit (MAP): http://www.microsoft.com/MAP  Discovers SQL Servers and takes a full inventory of your estate.  Great for migration planning and consolidation projects.  Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide: a Microsoft checklist and decision tree, http://www.microsoft.com/IPD  Best Practice Analyser: http://bit.ly/1FxcvdS  Checks your SQL2012 database for potential performance and configuration issues.  Determines if the configurations are set according to the recommended best practices. Reports when they’re different from Microsoft’s recommendation.  Recommends some solutions. SOME!
  12. 12. Administration – mo betta  Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit (MAP): http://www.microsoft.com/MAP  Discovers SQL Servers and takes a full inventory of your estate.  Great for migration planning and consolidation projects.  Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide: a Microsoft checklist and decision tree, http://www.microsoft.com/IPD  Best Practice Analyser: http://bit.ly/1FxcvdS  Checks your SQL2012 database for potential performance and configuration issues.  Determines if the configurations are set according to the recommended best practices. Reports when they’re different from Microsoft’s recommendation.  Recommends some solutions. SOME!
  13. 13. Admin Preventative Maintenance Scripting – Joke: How do you eat an elephant? Punchline…  AbaPerls, http://tinyurl.com/yez6sq7:  Automate and manage configurations & schema objects and builds,  OlaHallengren, http://tinyurl.com/ya72ll6:  A great collection of PM scripts from Ola Hallengren.  Microsoft Product Sample Scripts:  Great scripts for alerts and event notification from Microsoft, http://tinyurl.com/y8aktck  DBMinion, http://www.midnightsql.com/minion/:  Similar features to Ola Hallengren’s script, but more flexible (and complex).  Best preventative maintenance solution in very large estates.
  14. 14. Testing
  15. 15. Testing  tSQLt, http://tsqlt.ogr/:  a unit testing tool for Transact-SQL code  Diskspd, https://github.com/microsoft/diskspd:  An IO workload simulator to test disk IO capabilities.  Successor to SQLIO and SQLIOSim.  SQLQueryStress, http://tinyurl.com/ydm55yl:  Stress test your queries to see how far they can scale  HammerDB, http://hammerdb.com/:  Run highly scalable TPC-C and TPC-H against your database servers.
  16. 16. Testing  tSQLt, http://tsqlt.ogr/:  a unit testing tool for Transact-SQL code  Diskspd, https://github.com/microsoft/diskspd:  An IO workload simulator to test disk IO capabilities.  Successor to SQLIO and SQLIOSim.  SQLQueryStress, http://tinyurl.com/ydm55yl:  Stress test your queries to see how far they can scale  HammerDB, http://hammerdb.com/:  Run highly scalable TPC-C and TPC-H against your database servers.
  17. 17. SSIS and SQLAgent – let automation do the heavy lifting  DTLoggedExec:  Makes logging SSIS inside packages fast & easy while providing lots of performance info, http://dtloggedexec.codeplex.com/  SSISUnit:  A declarative testing tool based on Xunit tailored to SSIS environments, http://ssisunit.codeplex.com/  cspJobMonitor:  Track the activity of all your SQLAgent, http://tinyurl.com/ybvupzg  BIDS Helper and BIML:  Visual Studio add-in with oodles of extra features to augment BIDS, IS, and RS, http://www.codeplex.com/bidshelper/
  18. 18. Analysis Services – because we really needed yet one more way to write SQL queries  Reporting Services Scripter:  move reports easily between servers, http://tinyurl.com/ylshp44  RSBuild:  executes scripts, publish reports RS & data sources, http://rsbuild.codeplex.com  Analysis Services Product Samples:  loads of cool tools including backup & recovery, activity viewer, tracing, AMO browser, and Data Mining WebControls, http://msftasprodsamples.codeplex.com/  Also available, IS, RS samples  MDX Performance Analyser:  collects metrics on your MDX queries, http://www.codeplex.com/mdxscriptperf
  19. 19. Non-SQL Server Tools
  20. 20. Non-SQL Server Tools  PowerGUI: http://www.powergui.org  Don’t want to learn PowerShell? Use this free GUI tool and it’s huge library of pre-built scripts.  Scriptomatic:  Don’t want to learn WMI? Use this free tool instead, http://tinyurl.com/yguku2y  Log Parser:  Read just about any data source from XML to the Event Log to the Registry, http://tinyurl.com/58uxe  mRemote:  manage all your remote connections from one GUI, http://www.mremote.org/
  21. 21. Summary  Don’t reinvent the wheel! Reuse what’s available.  Free script-based tools are usually better maintained than Free GUI tools.  Microsoft’s versions and release cycle are the biggest issue with free tools  Remember – you get what you pay for; free tools are free after all
  22. 22. Resources  http://tinyurl.com/ylauses  My long-running SQLMag Tool Time column.  http://www.codeplex.com  A fantastic collection of Microsoft-centric tools, including many for SQL Server tools, free to registered members  http://www.sourceforge.com  Free tools from a large, independent open source community  http://thisindexed.com  Great images by Jessica Hagy
  23. 23. Don’t forget to complete an online evaluation on EventBoard! Your evaluation helps organizers build better conferences and helps speakers improve their sessions. Questions? Thank you! The Ultimate Free SQL Server Toolkit Kevin Kline, @KEKline, kkline@sqlsentry.com

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