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Headlines today   September 17, 2014

Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX - Level 7: Function / Iterator Function Pairs: The DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() Functions

Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson explores the DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() functions, comparing and contrasting the two. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating arithmetic means within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2014/09/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: SQL Server Transaction Log Management

When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/17 (first published: 2013/08/14) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: transaction logs
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The Mindset of the Enterprise DBA: Harnessing the Power of Automation

After you have done the necessary groundwork of standardising and centralising your database adminstration processes, you are now in a position to implement some effective automation of some of these processes. Which ones do you choose, and how do you set about automating these tasks?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: dba skills
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The Ins and outs of In-Memory OLTP

As you may know, SQL Server is a very robust database, but SQL server has its performance bottlenecks. With the introduction of In-Line memory OLTP, there is a chance to get rid of the performance bottlenecks   Read more...
By Roy Ernest 2014/09/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: microsoft sql server
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Comparing SQL Server Datatypes, Size and Performance for Storing Numbers

When more than one numeric SQL Server data type may be suitable for a field in a project, which data type should you choose and what are the implications for SQL Server performance?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/16 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: datatypes
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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: Last backup size

Backups are at the heart of the activities of any DBA. You have to restore the backup to know it is good, but you can get an early alert that something is wrong if your backup size changes rapidly or unexpectedly in a short period of time.  Read more...
By 2014/09/16 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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Another Way to Look at Trees

An alternative to tree traversal, and ultimately more efficient way to look at organizational structures is presented.  Read more...
By Larry Schmidt 2014/09/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server
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Who Broke the Build?

Continuous Integration and automatic builds are fantastic tools for software teams, but only if developers take responsibility for their code. Karsten Kempe explains how to use Team Foundation Server to drive better continuous integration, and walks through a simple open-source tool he built to make nightly builds more transparent, and more valuable.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: continuous integration
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Survey: Using Online Accounts

Using online accounts for license management has some advantages, Red Gate is researching how to implement this for our tools in a way that improves the experience for all involved. To say thank you for your participation, there's a chance to win a $25 Amazon certificate.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/15 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: survey
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Splitting Strings Based on Patterns

Splitting strings based on patterns supported by LIKE and PATINDEX can be an interesting way to address a wide variety of problems.  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2014/09/12 (first published: 2012/11/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: string manipulation
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