Padre’s Tools for the DBA

These are some of the things that are in my SQL Toolbox (in no particular order).  Most are free and some are available for a small fee:

  • Padre’s T-SQL Scripts
    • These are the scripts I use the most.
  • SQLCoPilot
    • technically not free, but it is the BEST $96 dollars I have spent for any SQL tool!!!
  • SQL Server First Aid Kit  by Brent Ozar Unlimited
    • this includes sp_Blitz, sp_BlitzIndex, sp_BlitzCache (my personal favorite)
  • DMV Diagnostic Queries by Glenn Berry
    • support for 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2014 (also 2016 CTP)
  • Idera Free Tools — ok, technically this isn’t just one tool; but I have never been disappointed by any of their tools.
  • Terminals — OK, this one is not technically a “SQL tool”; but for me it is invaluable to keep track of all the servers that I may have to remote into (on occasion of course).
  • SQL Sentry Plan Explorer — this is a tool I am quickly learning how to use!  fantastic way to look at query plans!

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