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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 1: A First Look At Columnstore Indexes

This level introduces of you to the fundamentals of columnstore indexes, introdused in SQL Server 2012 to manage the indexing of very large tables.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2016/05/30 (first published: 2015/02/25) | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Connecting to SQL Data Warehouse

The most frustrating thing with any new system is often just working out how to connect to it. Oddly, you can’t use SSMS with SQL Data Warehouse, but it is fine with SSDT, SSIS, Power BI desktop, sqlcmd, BCP, and a range of Microsoft cloud services - there are PowerShell Cmdlets too. Rob Sheldon provides the details.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/30 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql data warehouse
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Dynamically Query a 100 Million Row Table-Efficiently

This article describes methods of creating dynamic queries without the use of dynamic SQL to efficiently access large tables.  Read more...
By Gary Strange 2016/05/27 (first published: 2015/02/24) | Source: | Category: t-sql
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Automatically Creating UML Database Diagrams for SQL Server

SQL Server database developers seem reluctant to use diagrams when documenting their databases. It is probably because it has, in the past, been difficult to automatically draw precisely what you want, other than a vast Entity-relationship diagram. However, you can do it without buying any third-party tool, just using some existing Java-based open-source tools; and can even automate it entirely, using SQL and PowerShell. Phil Factor shows how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/27 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: diagrams
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Diagnosing parallelism-related latching

Diagnosing and resolving parallelism-related latching and blocking in SQL Server using DMV’s, the activity monitor, procedure execution plans, and index tuning.   Read more...
By David Fundakowski 2016/05/26 | Source: | Category: parallelism
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A tour through tool improvements in SQL Server 2016

Ayo Olubeko talks through the improvements being made to SQL Server tooling in 2016.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/26 | Source: SQLCAT | Category: sql server 2016
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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events Level 3: Working with the Extended Events UI

In the next installment of our stairway to Extended Events, we delve into the Live Data and Target Data Viewers.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2016/05/25 | Source: | Category: extended events
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/25 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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Implementing Azure SQL Database Elastic Database Jobs

Sometimes it's good to re-think how to write a query; set operations can provide performance benefits over 'straight SQL'. In this article, David Fitzjarrell takes a look at one such example in action.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/05/25 | Source: Database Journal | Category: oracle
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How to deploy and execute an SSIS package from the SSISDB catalog

Beginning with SQL Server 2012, SQL Server Integration Services packages can be deployed and executed from a SQL Server database named SSISDB, which serves as a repository for SSIS packages.   Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2016/05/24 | Source: | Category: ssis package execution
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SSRS 2005 Bug - Percentage calculated column when Exporting to Excel

Nature of the Issue Faced :- Say you have 3 columns in a tablix/table on the report. There are 3 textboxes...  Read more...
By lokesh sharma 2016/05/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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SQL Server Exercise for Data Warehouse Candidates

Background Part of the process when looking for candidates to bring into a data warehouse team is to ensure that you hire...  Read more...
By Sifiso W. Ndlovu 2016/05/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral Blogs | Category: blogs
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Variable datatype DDL

By Steve Jones 2016/05/30 | Category: ddl
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What is wrong with this DDL in SQL Server 2012?

( OrderID int identity
, Customer varchar
, quantity bigint
, price smallmoney
, discount vardecimal(8, 3)
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