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What, when and who? Auditing 101 - Part 3

Who messed around with my database? Auditing 101. In this article we will take a look at another technique available in SQL 2008 and higher. This new technique is SQL Audit.  Read more...
By Roy Ernest 2014/12/19 (first published: 2012/05/31) | Source: | Category: auditing
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SQL Server Analysis Services Attribute Relationships

This tip looks at some of the questions around attribute relationships in SQL Server Analysis Services, including why you need them, how to create them, and the common data sets involved.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/19 | Source: | Category: ssas
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GUIDs GUIDs everywhere, but how is my data unique?

After having seen many systems that use GUIDs as the primary key for every table, it is time to say enough is enough.  Read more...
By Thomas Romeo 2014/12/18 | Source: | Category: guid
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Questions About T-SQL Transaction Isolation Levels You Were Too Shy to Ask

Every time you access a relational database to make a query, you have an important decision to make: What is the appropriate isolation level for your query? If you get this wrong, the consequences can be serious. Deadlocks, Dirty reads, Non-repeatable reads, or poor performance. We're in luck, because Robert Sheldon once more answers those questions that are awkward to ask in public.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 1: Introduction to Advanced Transact SQL Stairway and Using the CROSS JOIN Operator

The first installment of this new stairway series will be discuss the CROSS JOIN operator. This stairway should help readers prepare for passing the Microsoft Certification exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/12/17 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Understanding SQL Server Concurrency

When you can’t get to your data because another application has it locked, a thorough knowledge of SQL Server concurrency will give you the confidence to decide what to do.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/12/17 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: concurrency
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Introduction to Azure SQL Database Scalability

One of the primary advantages of Platform-as-a-Service solutions offered by Microsoft Azure is the ease with which scaling can be implemented. While SQL Database facilitates both vertical and horizontal scaling approaches, scaling it out is considerably more challenging. In this article, we will provide a high-level overview of both vertical and horizontal scaling methods available with Azure SQL Database.  Read more...
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What To Do When the Import and Export Wizard Fails - Part II Exports

This article will discuss a case study of utilizing a SSIS package to export a table that has columns with data type varchar(mx) and text to an Excel file.   Read more...
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Tribal Awards Finalists

Voting is now open for the Tribal Awards. Vote for one of the 5 finalists in each category to win a fabulous* prize.   Read more...
By Press Release 2014/12/16 | Source: | Category: awards
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SQL Server Reporting Services Basics: The Visual Controls

Kathi Kellenberger demonstrates how to start adding visual flair to your SSRS reports, using its impressive set of visual controls, ranging from basic charts to gauges, indicators, sparklines, and maps.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/12/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssrs
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    @str1 VARCHAR(5) = NULL
,   @str2 VARCHAR(10) = 'SQL Strings';
PRINT ISNULL(@str1, @str2);
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