Jason Brimhall

About Jason Brimhall

As a Microsoft Certified Master/Microsoft Certified Solutions Master and Microsoft SQL Server MVP, I have 19 years’ experience in the technology industry, including more than 10 with SQL Server. I also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems from Utah State University. One of the highlights of my career was co-authoring SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach. I am a frequent presenter at SQL Server events worldwide, which includes SQLSaturdays and User Groups. I am also currently helping lead the Las Vegas SQL Users Group.​ I love finding that magic turbo button to make queries go faster which ultimately leads to huge relief and satisfaction for the client. I have done that sort of work for clients of all sizes throughout the world. I have experience with multi-TB databases as well as environments with thousands of SQL Server instances to manage.

Upgrading From SQL Server Profiler

You may recall an article I had written a couple months back describing how to use Extended Events to perform your SQL Server Profiler duties. If not, you can read all about it here.

In that article, I showed one common use-case for SQL Server Profiler and how to achieve the same result via Extended Events. […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

Where did the Database Go?

What do you do when a developer comes to you and asks, “Where did the database go?  The database was there one minute, and the next it was not.”  Only one thing could be worse than the feeling of losing a database on your watch, and that would be losing a production database. It’s like […]

By |April 7th, 2015|SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

Capture Index Maintenance Operations

One good database maintenance practice is to keep the indexes in good working order. This is typically done via index defragmentation routines. Some people perform routine index maintenance, some people do not, and still others have done some sort of “set it and forget it” script provided by a vendor and may or may not […]

By |January 21st, 2015|SQL, SQL Group, SQL Server|3 Comments

Adventures with NOLOCK

Some of the beauty of being a database professional is the opportunity to deal with our friend NOLOCK.  For one reason or another this query directive (yes I am calling it a directive* and not a hint) is loved and idolized by vendors, applications, developers, and upper management alike.  The reasons for this vary from one […]

By |January 6th, 2015|SQL Group|2 Comments

Auditing when Database Files Change

As a Database Administrator, something that should be part of your database audit is monitoring the growth of files. That means tracking when the log file grows and tracking when the data file(s) grow(s). Many will argue that there is nothing worse than not knowing when a database-related file changed in size except maybe when […]

By |November 20th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

Capture the Flag – Trace Flags

One of the things that would be nice to know is around the trace flags that can be enabled in SQL Server. There are trace flags (or knobs) for so many different things within SQL Server that it would be nice to get a handle on them if they do happen to be enabled or […]

By |November 11th, 2014|SQL Group|4 Comments

ArithAbort and SQL Agent Failures

A mystery staring arithabort.

I was coding along one day, working on rolling out some monitoring for a client—monitoring that I had used for previous clients.  The code was pretty straightforward and addressed a concern for the client.  Having used it for several previous clients, I felt pretty confident in the code.  The main purpose was […]

By |August 5th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

Synonyms in SQL Server – Good and Bad

When SQL Server 2005 was released, a nifty little feature was included called synonyms.  Despite being around since SQL Server 2005, I think this feature is often under-utilized or, more importantly, it is implemented in a very bad way.

Today I want to share a couple of examples.  We will take a look at examples of […]

By |July 1st, 2014|SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

Maintenance Plan Owner

We all inherit things from time to time through our profession.  Sometimes we inherit some good things, sometimes we inherit some things that are not so good.  Other times we inherit some things that are just plan annoying.  Yet other times, we inherit things that may be annoying and we probably just haven't discovered them yet.

By |June 25th, 2012|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Maintenance Plan Owner