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Five Useful SQL Server Management Practices

This article outlines five SQL Server capabilities you can use to enhance your efficiency as a DBA.  Read more...
By Kenneth Igiri 2017/01/18 | Source: | Category: security
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Put your Database under Source Control

This article will walk you through a demostration on linking your DB to SubVersion with RedGate SQL Source Control.  Read more...
By Thomas Liddle 2017/01/18 | Source: | Category: db source control
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SQL Server v.Next : STRING_AGG() performance

Aaron Bertrand takes an initial look at the performance of a new function, STRING_AGG, in SQL Server v.Next CTP 1.1.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/18 | Source: | Category: sql server
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Using SQL Server and R Services for analyzing Sales data (Part 3)

Using R integration for analyzing sales data in WideWorldImporters database  Read more...
By Tomaž Kaštrun 2017/01/17 | Source: | Category: r services
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SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines - Performance Optimizations

When deploying SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine, you can take advantage of several Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features that enhance performance of the SQL Server database engine. This article explores a couple of these enhancements, with a particular focus on increased I/O throughput facilitated by the Solid State Drive (SSD) storage available on most Azure virtual machines (VMs).  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/17 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure vm
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A Possible Alternative to SQL UNPIVOT

Understand how to use the SQL UNPIVOT statement and then an equivalent using XML and XPath Querying in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Paul Milligan 2017/01/16 | Source: | Category: pivot
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Free Webinar – Database DevOps Demo

Learn how to extend DevOps practices to SQL Server databases in our free demo webinar on January 17th. Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Steve Jones will demonstrate how Redgate’s database automation tools plug into Git, Jenkins & Octopus Deploy. Learn how to branch and merge with SQL Source Control then automate the build and deployment of changes with DLM Automation. Register now.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/16 (first published: 2017/01/11) | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Using Power BI Desktop to Visualize SQL Server Metadata

You can easily use PowerBI Desktop to show graphically how your database is growing, which tables are taking the most space, how various parts of SQL Server is consuming memory, its use of indexes and so on. Sure, you can create graphs in SSMS, but with PowerBI, you can create reports that you can then publish to others, and which allow drill-down. It is a great way to get familiar with PowerBI Desktop as well. Rob Sheldon shows how simple it is to do.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: power bi desktop
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Scrubbing Personally Identifiable Information

Managing personally identifiable information when moving databases to unsecure environment can be challenging. With this flexible and extendable solution for scrubbing it, you can save yourself some time and effort.  Read more...
By Daniel Brown 2017/01/13 (first published: 2015/01/06) | Source: | Category: restore
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Configure SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group on a Multi-Subnet Cluster

A “multi-subnet” environment is defined when the OS cluster used as the backbone for AlwaysOn has server nodes that are located in multiple/different subnets. Deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups requires a Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) cluster and each availability replica of a given availability group must reside on a different node of the same WSFC cluster. This post from Manvendra Singh will help you in configuring an HA and DR solution for SQL Server AlwaysOn in multi-subnet networks.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/13 | Source: | Category: alwayson
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SQL Server 2016 SP 1

By David Postlethwaite SQL Server 2016 SP1 was released in November 2016 only five months after the initial release. There have been...  Read more...
By David Postlethwaite 2017/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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Do I have a Database Master Key in a database? #SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as...  Read more...
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By Steve Jones 2017/01/18 | Category: t-sql
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If I create a stored procedure with EXECUTE AS SELF in the definition, under what context is the procedure executed?

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