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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: | 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: | 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: | 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: | 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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Target Recovery Interval and Indirect Checkpoint

Indirect checkpoint is the recommended configuration, especially on systems with large memory footprints and default for databases created in SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Igor Micev 2016/07/21 | Source: | Category: configuration
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SQL Server differences of char, nchar, varchar and nvarchar data types

Sherlee Dizon looks at the basic differences between char, nchar, varchar, and nvarchar, as well as what to be aware of when using each data type.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/21 | Source: | Category: char
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Using SQL Compare with Dynamic Data Masking

Dynamic Data Masking is an exciting new feature in SQL Server 2016, allowing DBAs to centrally set a mask that is returned for a table column instead of the actual data, limiting what information is returned to certain users in a consistent and reliable way. What’s more, Redgate SQL Compare safely and reliably handles your DDM changes. Data Platform MVP Steve Jones explains more.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/21 | Source: Redgate | Category: dynamic data masking
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Using a Lookup Component in SSIS for Surrogate Keys in a Fact table

There are many suggestions for loading a data warehouse using SQL Server integration Services (SSIS). Once you get started, you...  Read more...
By Thomas LeBlanc 2016/07/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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Another Query to Help Find the Right Event

Finding the right event or combination of events to monitor may seem like quite a daunting task with so many...  Read more...
By Jason Brimhall 2016/07/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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How does SQL work with blanks?

By Brett Shearer 2016/07/26 | Category: oddity
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What happens when the following four statements are run?

create database [  ] -- 2 spaces

create database [ ] -- 1 space
drop database [ ] -- 1 space
drop database [  ]  -- 2 spaces
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