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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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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: SQLServerCentral.com | 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: MSSQLTips.com | 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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Stairway to U-SQL Level 4: U-SQL and Data Lake Tooling with Visual Studio

A guide to using Visual Studio to create U-SQL projects and scripts.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/07/20 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Redgate | Category: troubleshooting
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Number of Rows Read / Actual Rows Read warnings in Plan Explorer

Rob Farley looks at information exposed in query plans about residual predicates and actual rows read, showing how Plan Explorer helps identify the issue.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: query plans
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Databases in Azure: Copy and Exports

Toady we are going to make a copy and export your DB to Azure Storage. Lets get started.  Read more...
By Michael Morin 2016/07/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: backup
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Planning for a Successful Database Lifecycle

Although it is well-known that the best efforts of a development team can be derailed by mistakes in the architecture, design and general governance of a development project, few attempts have been made to describe what needs to be done to increase the chances of success in the development of a database application. William Brewer steps into the breach to itemise what a delivery team needs to succeed.  Read more...
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