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The Bleeding Edge Versus N Minus One

Risk-averse managers are reticent to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Why is this the case and how can the savvy DBA make the case for and get ready for a newer version of SQL Server?  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2016/06/28 | Source: | Category: risk management
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SQL Server Sargability - Queries on an Indexed Table Sometimes have Slow Performance

The solution here was to slightly modify the slow queries, so the index could be fully used. We made the queries Search Argumentable, or "SARGABLE."  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/28 | Source: | Category: indexing
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Configuring geo-replication for an Azure SQL Database

This article will discuss geo-replication for an Azure SQL Database (PaaS) and the steps required for setup via the Azure portal and TSQL.  Read more...
By Arun Sirpal 2016/06/27 | Source: | Category: geo-replication
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The Plain Simple Password Page Not So Simple Anymore

The requirements for the management of passwords have become far more complex over the past few years in response to the increasing sophistication of security breaches. Nowadays, you need to provide a range of features such as hashing, routine change of passwords, preventiion of repeat passwords, email confirmation, auto-generation of random passwords and password quality checks. Dino Esposito explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/27 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category:
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Practical Uses for Synonyms in SQL Server

The concept of a synonym was introduced in SQL Server 2005. Synonyms are very simple database objects, but have the potential to save a lot of time and work if implemented with a little bit of thought. This article discusses what exactly a synonym is, and a few examples of how to use them.  Read more...
By Jason Shadonix 2016/06/24 (first published: 2014/09/11) | Source: | Category: synonyms
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Persistent PowerShell: The PowerShell Profile

You can mould PowerShell to the way you want to work, with all the settings and modules that you require, by using the profiles. Profiles are PowerShell scripts that run at startup, and once you have understood where they are and when each is used, they have a whole range of uses that make using PowerShell a lot more convenient.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Nasty Fast N-Grams (Part 1): Character-Level Unigrams

An article about tally tables, N-Grams and the fastest character-level N-Grams function available today for SQL Server.  Read more...
By Alan Burstein 2016/06/23 | Source: | Category: tally table
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Custom Solution to Measure SQL Server Query Performance Improvements

Performance tuning is a creative process which requires a lot of attention and manual work. SQL Server 2016's Query Store makes some of this work much easier, but what if you're using an earlier version? Fikrat Azizov shows how to automate assessing SQL Server query performance changes by using custom performance collection tools and reports.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/23 | Source: | Category: performance tuning
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Sairway to U-SQL Level 2: Breakdown of a U-SQL Statement

Following on from our introduction to U-SQL, we take a look at how a typical U-SQL statement is constructed.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/06/22 | Source: | Category: usql
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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 04 – Radar Chart)

In this module you will learn how to use the Radar Chart, a Power BI Custom Visual. The Radar Chart...  Read more...
By Devin Knight 2016/06/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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SQL Server Service Broker – Networking

This post is part of a series on this blog that will explore SQL Server Service Broker, a native messaging...  Read more...
By Colleen M. Morrow 2016/06/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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What does Copy-only Backup do?

By Ben Kubicek 2016/06/28 | Category: backup
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When doing a backup of a database, what does the Copy-only Backup option do?

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