Corruption

Aug 282015 Tagged with , 0 Responses

Data Recovery and Fixing Database Corruptions @DBA Lounge

I had recently presented to local DBA and Developers community in Iasi (Romania), a session on database corruptions and data recovery techniques in SQL Server.
It was interesting to discuss pros and cons of the approaches used in the demo, root causes for the corruptions, finding differences and correspondences Microsoft SQL Server vs. Oracle.
This was a touching base with Microsoft SQL Server storage internals and in the same time a “deep dive” into what can be done in order to protect/recover data.

The DBA Lounge group started few years ago on Linkedin, as we wanted to know each other better, share knowledge and have fun. The community is no technology specific. Anyone interested in database systems is welcomed.


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Jun 032015 Tagged with , 4 Responses

Convert LSN to Numeric

As part of the Database Corruption Challenge I needed to convert the LSN values returned by fn_dblog() / fn_dump_dblog() to numeric.

The math is not very simple and it is best described by Paul Randal.

  • Take the rightmost 4 characters (2-byte log record number) and convert to a 5-character decimal number, including leading zeroes, to get stringA
  • Take the middle number (4-byte log block number) and convert to a 10-character decimal number, including leading zeroes, to get stringB
  • Take the leftmost number (4-byte VLF sequence number) and convert to a decimal number, with no leading zeroes, to get stringC
  • The LSN string we need is stringC + stringB + stringA

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May 132015 Tagged with , 0 Responses

Database Corruption Challenge

Last week I came across an interesting DBA challenge. Steve Stedman launched a 10 weeks “Database Corruption Challenge“.

The interesting part, so far, is that data can be recover 100%. To me, this is the actual challenge: how to be 100% sure that all data was recovered?!

From recovering data using indexes, to fixing page headers using DBCC WRITEPAGE or Hex editors, this is an excellent opportunity to practice recovery skills.

I will discuss about my solutions to each of the challenges, in future blog posts.