Free Tools for DBAs and Developers
Tools for comparing databases, tables, finding unused indexes, manipulating strings, performance tuning, converting data, and so much more.
And did we mention, free?
(Latest release v13)
What are the SDU Tools?
SDU Tools is an easy to use toolkit. You just run a single script to install it in any database. Each release completely replaces all contents of the SDU_Tools schema. It contains utility functions, procedures, and views. Many of the functions are useful when performing troubleshooting but others are just general purpose functions. This toolkit is updated every month.
Find the latest version or sign up to be notified of updates right here, and for suggestions or bug reports, please email sdutools @ sqldownunder.com.
To see how any of the tools work, click the name or description of the tool below for a short video presentation.
|Overview||Watch an overview of the tools|
|Installation||Watch a video that shows how to install the tools (it's easy)|
|Removal||Watch a video that shows how to remove the tools (it's also easy)|
|DATABASE AND TABLE COMPARISON TOOLS|
|GetDBSchemaCoreComparison||Checks the schema of two databases, looking for basic differences|
|GetTableSchemaComparison||Checks the schema of two tables, looking for basic differences|
Note that string manipulation in T-SQL is relatively slow. Many of these functions would be much faster as SQLCLR based implementations but not all systems have SQLCLR integration enabled. To make them work wherever possible, all of these functions are written in pure T-SQL. We also don't assume that you're using the latest version of SQL Server, so the functions are written to work on all currently-supported versions.
The Fine Print (Disclaimer and License)
We try our hardest to make these tools as useful and bug free as possible, but like any software, we can never guarantee that there won't be any issues. We hope you'll decide to use the tools but all liability for using them is with you, not us. You are free to use the tools in this collection as long as you keep them in the SDU_Tools schema as a single set of tools, and as long as this notice is kept in any script file copies of the tools. We don't want lots of different versions of them out in the wild and would prefer them to stay in a single small schema that's easy to upgrade. They can be used privately or commercially. You may not repurpose them, redistribute, or resell them.