SQL Server DBA Tools

19 August,2010 by Tom Collins

Free SQL Server Tools  and paid for tools  make up the the list of DBA tools below. It's useful  to list the range of software utilities I use when managing SQL Server.I'm amazed at the range of tools required to manage SQL Server on Production systems.
They cover object management , monitoring , troubleshooting , code writing , copying large files .
I specifically haven't added Profiler even through I use it extensively .

I'd be interested in hearing your feedback and also finding out what other tools other utilites DBAs use .

SQL server Management Studio - Learn how to Open SSMS without the splash screen graphic
Powershell - View Powershell Scripts for DBA 

Command Shell
Tivoli Storage Manager
ESEUTIL - Use to copy very large files - non buffering approach . Much faster than COPY
Tivoli Monitoring
Microsoft Management Console - Allows me one console to manage RDP , Active Directory,Compute Management
SQLCMD - Utility to run statements and script files. Command line interface
Programmers Notepad - Excellent and probably the best code editor I've used
SQLIO - returns IO capacity data . Free utility from Microsoft
TableDiff.exe - very useful utility ,for comparing two tables . Installed with SQL Server.
SQLDumper.exe Kdiff/CompareIt - compare 2+ files.
Log Parser does just what it says: parses logs, from pretty much any source, and allows you to run mock-SQL on it.
SQLTeam's Cleartrace (brief report based on a trace file - what was run, how much CPU/IO each took on average and in aggregate) is a must.
SQLTeam ScriptIO - what SSMS SHOULD do when you right-click to script out (yes, you can use the Generate Scripts option, but it seems half-assed). Quickly script out objects including all secondaries like indexes, triggers, etc.
RML utilities - parse and report from a trace. Surprisingly cool and quite effective. Cleartrace meets Reporting Services.
Treesize - easily figure out where all your disk space went.
Perfstats - The Perfstats scripts used with SQLDiag offer a great way of troubleshooting SQL Server Performance Problems


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Author: Tom Collins (http://www.sqlserver-dba.com)


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