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Headlines today   August 24, 2016

Stairway to U-SQL Level 7: More Partition Schemes

Following on from our previous introduction to indexes and partition schemes, we review the distribution schemes used by horizontal partitioning.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/08/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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Free eBook: Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer

This free eBook from Redgate Software will take you from the fundamentals of Statistics, Cost Estimation, Index Selection, and the Execution Engine, and guide you through the inner workings of the Query Optimization process, and throws in a pragmatic look at Parameterization and Hints along the way.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/08/24 (first published: 2012/12/11) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
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Installing Master Data Services in an AlwaysOn Environment

This article describes a solution for Master Data Service (MDS) hosted on AlwaysOn Availability Group configuration. The article describes how to install and configure SQL 2016 Master Data Services on a SQL 2016 AlwaysOn Availability group (AG). The main purpose of this solution is to improve high availability and disaster recovery of MDS backend data hosted on a SQL Server database.  Read more...
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What is the impact of setting SET ANSI_WARNINGS OFF?

Setting ANSI_WARNINGS OFF to avoid NULL value elimination warnings can have an impact on the data quality and system behaviour.  Read more...
By Nakul Vachhrajani 2016/08/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: set options
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Trace Flag 2389 and the new Cardinality Estimator

Erin Stellato shows the combined effect of different versions of the cardinality estimator and trace flag 2389 on an ascending key model.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/08/23 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: trace flag
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A Tutorial With the Azure CLI (Command-Line Interface) and Azure SQL Database

In this article, we will show how to install Azure CLI and then create an Azure SQL Server and a SQL Database.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2016/08/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: command
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Software Animism

Have you ever accused an application of deliberately trying to make your life a misery? Simple Talk's Tony Davis talks animism in this week's editorial, and wants to hear your stories in the comments for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/08/22 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: simple talk
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Writing Better T-SQL: Top-Down Design May Not be the Best Choice – Part II

A second part to the series by Mickey Stuewe on writing better T-SQL looks at some of the issues of using views in a complex query.  Read more...
By Mickey Stuewe 2016/08/19 (first published: 2015/06/23) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Call for Articles

SQLServerCentral is looking for articles on a few topics. Read more to find out how to submit a draft.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/08/19 (first published: 2016/08/12) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Windows Containers and Docker

Windows Server 2016 features support for containers. These are not Linux-based, but containers that run on Windows and run Windows on the inside. These conform to the Open Container Initiative (OCI). They allow you to run applications insulated from the rest of the system, within portable containers that include everything an application needs to be fully functional. As they did with Linux, containers will change the nature of the software supply chain for Windows users.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/08/19 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: windows containers
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By Steve Jones 2016/08/24 | Category: date conversion
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