Announcing Minion CheckDB release date!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

MinionWare will release Minion CheckDB on Febuary 1, 2017! Minion CheckDB 1.0 Minion CheckDB is the third piece of our free backup and maintenance tools, rounding out the list with Minion Backup and Minion Reindex. CheckDB will have the same native interface, the same configurability, and the same rich scheduling introduced in Minion Backup. And of course, it will have a the same kind of visionary features that users have come to expect from...

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Shrink a log file…AUTOMATICALLY?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

Today let’s talk about shrinking log files, and Minion Backup – still totally & forever free – and how they go together. First things first: why would you want to shrink a log file in the first place? Haven’t we heard that shrinking files is bad? Well, no and yes. No, shrinking log files – when you really need the space, only once in a while – is not a bad thing at all. Shrinking log files frequently, or shrinking data files,...

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A Very Heated Argument about Backup Tuning in Minion Backup

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

A couple weeks ago we here at MinionWare got into a very heated argument that lasted most of the morning and part of the afternoon. The argument was around the backup tuning settings in Minion Backup (MB), and how they should work vs. how they actually work. The problem came about because Jen was doing some testing for her first MB session at a user group. She came across an issue with the tuning settings when she added the time component to the...

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25 things I learned writing commercial software

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

It’s our job to learn new things.  We’re constantly studying, practicing, refining, etc.  But I’m not sure that I’ve ever learned so much about the different ways people work than I have by writing commercial software.  Now, my free Minion modules (Minion Reindex and Minion Backup) don’t cost anything, but that doesn’t mean they’re not commercial software.  They’re released to the public and are becoming quite popular, so...

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Better backups with ServerLabels – Minion Backup

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

There’s a great way to increase the effectiveness of your backup and HA strategy: use the ServerLabel feature in Minion Backup. The problem with most backup solutions is that they don’t take Availability Group (AG) failover into account.  Here’s a common scenario to show you what I mean. Too many locations Let’s say you’re backing up to \\BackupNAS\SQLBackups.  Most of the time, your backup routine will append the server name and...

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19 Things you didn’t know about Minion Backup

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Articles, Minion by MidnightDBA |

I thought I’d have a little fun here. The basis for Minion Backup has been used for years by the MidnightDBA team at various shops. And while it was the inspiration for the current iteration of Minion Backup, the previous non-commercial versions seem so poorly written Sean considers them an embarrassment and they will never see the light of day again. There are portions of Minion Backup that were completely re-written several times as...

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