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SQL Server Trace Flags - Complete list

Article in markdown format: https://github.com/ktaranov/sqlserver-kit/blob/master/SQL%20Server%20Trace%20Flag.md  Read more...
By Konstantin Taranov 2017/02/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: trace-flag
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Performance Surprises and Assumptions : GROUP BY vs. DISTINCT

Aaron Bertrand acknowledges that DISTINCT and GROUP BY are usually interchangeable, but shows there are cases where one performs better than the other.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: performance
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 7: Extended Properties

In this level, I’ll introduce Extended Properties. As with the previous levels, I want to illustrate as much as possible with practical and immediately useful code.   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/02/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Questions About the Use of PowerShell That you were Too Shy to Ask

Let's forget the actual PowerShell code for a moment: Why is PowerShell important? Why should I use it? Where did it come from? Why did it take so long to arrive? These and many other basic questions are answered in William Brewer's latest addition to the series that answers those seemingly simple questions that you were too shy to ask in public.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/22 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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In Search of Elasticity

An Evaluation of the Azure SQL Database Ecosystem.  Read more...
By Alex Chamchourine 2017/02/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure sql database
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Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 1

As the demand for data analytics grows so does the need for a technology or platform to process large amounts of different types of data in timely manner. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service that can scale according to organizational demands in just a few minutes. Read on to learn more about this data warehouse-as-a-service offering from Microsoft.  Read more...
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Back to Basics: Capturing Baselines on Production SQL Servers

If you have not been capturing baselines on your production servers, then today is the day you can start. This article provides scripts, valid for SQL Server 2005 and higher, which anyone can use to capture basic information about a SQL Server instance.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2017/02/20 (first published: 2012/11/27) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: baselines
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New CREATE OR ALTER statement in SQL Server 2016 SP1

Ahmad Yaseen explains what SQL Server 2016 SP1's new CREATE OR ALTER statement does, and how to use it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/20 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: sql server 2016
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Extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases

In this free webinar, Steve Jones and Arneh Eskandari show how Redgate’s Database DevOps solution works with Visual Studio Team Services to improve your database delivery process. Register now.  Read more...
By 2017/02/20 (first published: 2017/02/15) | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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Using EXCEPT to Determine Row Differences

How to use the EXCEPT statement to perform row differences.  Read more...
By M. Douglas Bowan II 2017/02/17 (first published: 2014/03/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: except
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