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Free eBook: Understanding SQL Server Concurrency

When you can’t get to your data because another application has it locked, a thorough knowledge of SQL Server concurrency will give you the confidence to decide what to do.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/07/27 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: concurrency
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Stairway to U-SQL Level 5: Databases and Tables in Azure Data Lakes with U-SQL

A guide to using databases, schemas and tables in Azure Data Lakes, using (of course!) U-SQL.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Temporal Data Part 2 - Creating and Deleting System-Versioned Tables

Greg Larsen expands on his topic of how to modify an existing table to take advantage of the new temporal data feature in SQL Server 2016. In this article he shows you how to create and deleted system-versioned tables and the associated history temporal table.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/27 | Source: Database Journal | Category: temporal data
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Azure SQL Limitations compared with a SQL Server Enterprise

In this article, we will compare a traditional SQL Server Enterprise Edition with an Azure SQL Database and see the differences.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2016/07/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure sql database
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What's "Actually" going on with that Seek?

Rob Farley digs deeper into seeks and actual rows read, demonstrating a case where you want a non-sargable expression in the WHERE clause.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/26 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: seeks
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Redgate’s 2016 Roadmap

What do you get for your Support & Upgrades package? Read this blog post to learn about the new functionality and improvements Redgate is releasing this year. Find out more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/26 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Additional Data Files and Proportional Fill

Additional files can be added to to a database to increase the storage. When more data is added to the files, Extended Events shows how SQL Server spreads data across multiple files.  Read more...
By David Fundakowski 2016/07/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: filegroups
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The IT Manager's perspective: People as an Asset

Information Technology is fast-changing, but the people who work in IT need to have a good chance of a long-term career. That means keeping up to date, not only in their current speciality, but in the wider sphere of the technology they work with. IT managers must make sure that keeping up to date with technology is part of the day to day activity of their people. How should they make sure it happens?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/25 | Source: SimpleTalk
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 4: Using Views to Simplify Your Query

This level discusses how to use a database VIEW to simplify your Transact-SQL(T-SQL) code. By understanding how to use a VIEW you will be able to better support writing T-SQL code to meet complex business requirements. In this article I will be discussing what a database VIEW is and then providing a number of examples to help you understand how you can use a VIEW to implement different coding scenarios.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/07/22 (first published: 2014/03/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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PowerShell Desired State Configuration: Automating and Monitoring Pull mode

The Pull mode of Desired State Configuration (DSC) is more complicated to implement because you need to meticulously manage the MOF files and their naming conventions so as to ensure that you deploy your DSC configurations correctly. In this first article of a two-part series, Nicolas Prigent describes how you can best automate this, and then in a second part on monitoring DSC he describes techniques to help you to use the pull mode as a regular part of your admin work.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/22 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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What’s Database Drift?

The first time I heard someone mention drift at Redgate, it made sense to me. After all, in the context...  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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Lots of inserts? Part I

By Kenneth Fisher 2016/07/27 | Category: transactions
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BEGIN TRAN
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( REPLICATE('a',5000) )
GO 100
COMMIT
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