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Stairway to SQL Server Indexes: Level 2, Deeper into Nonclustered Indexes

By this stage, you should be familiar with the basics of SQL Server indexes. We've discussed what an Index actually is, as well as some of the most common types you're likely to encounter. Now that we've seen some simple examples of how Indexes can be useful, we're going to delve deeper into nonclustered indexes, as we'll see how they can improve the performance of more complex queries.  Read more...
By David Durant 2014/11/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Denormalized

A case of SQL infection.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2014/11/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: byte me
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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 2014/11/26 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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SSIS 2012 Projects: Deployment Configurations and Monitoring

The Project Deployment Model introduced in SSIS 2012 speeds up the deployment of database projects in which there may be hundreds of SSIS packages per project. Not only that, but deployments can be configured differently for each environments such as test and staging, and there are now ways of monitoring the status and performance of packages and of versioning the SSIS Catalog.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/26 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssis
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Using SQL Server Stored Procedures in SSIS Data Flow Sources

A technique to deal with lack of metadata for stored procedures when used with SSIS.  Read more...
By Adán Bucio 2014/11/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data flow task (ssis)
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Building an Automated Database Deployment Pipeline

Data and databases are historically ignored or given a low priority within the processes of ALM and DevOps. This situation needs to change and the primary point of the changes is within the database professional part of the team.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/25 | Source: SQL Server Magazine | Category: database deployment
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Consolidating Again and Again and Again

This editorial was originally published on November 12, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is on holiday. Virtualization is touted as a great way to save money, but it's a one time event. Once you've consolidated a server, you can't do it again. However consolidation isn't necessarily the same and Steve Jones tells us why.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 22: Analyze the Data Mining Data with Excel

This is the last article related to Data Mining in Excel. This last chapter will cover the Analyze section.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data
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The Salesforce Platform: The Return of the Citizen Programmer

The current popularity of the Salesforce software development platform has taken the industry by surprise. The current IT culture favours the esoteric, yet here is a development platform geared to the idea that anyone can use it: a populist language like BASIC. Does this threaten the careers of professional developers?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: salesforce
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How Often Does Production Drift?

Database drift is the difference between two database schemas. Today Steve Jones discusses the concept and wonders how often it happens.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Empathy

Louis Davidson on how he learned to empathize with his managers.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2014/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Generate SSRS reports from a SSIS Package

Learn how to invoke SSRS reports from an SSIS package after the data load is completed.  Read more...
By Ravindra Chhabria 2014/11/21 (first published: 2012/10/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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Real World T-SQL Tricks

This week Steve Jones wonders if you're taking advantage of the changes in the T-SQL language.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Questions About Using TSQL to Import Excel Data You Were Too Shy to Ask

It is easy to import Excel data into database tables via TSQL, using OLEDB, either by the OPENROWSET function or linking to the spreadsheet as a server. The problem is that there are certain things that aren't obvious that you need to know about.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Distribution Database Migration

This article shows a step-by-step guide to move the distribution database to a new SQL Server instance.  Read more...
By Valerij Urban 2014/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: replication
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Achievement Unlocked: Balance 0

Steve Jones completed a task this year that he's rarely completed in the past.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Monitoring Azure SQL Database

Marcin Policht presents different methods that allow you to monitor the performance and characteristics of your PaaS databases, ensuring that they behave in a manner that matches your expectations.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/11/20 | Source: Database Journal | Category: sql azure
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The SQL Server Container

There's an interesting idea that exists for lightweight, application separation on a host that's different from virtualization. It's Docker, and Steve Jones talks about it today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to SQL Server Agent - Level 2: Job Steps and Subsystems

SQL Server Agent jobs are made up of a series of one or more Job Steps. A job step is assigned to a specific job subsystem, which identifies the kind of work the job step is going to perform. Each job step runs in a separate security context, although each job also has an owner that determines who can modify the job.  Read more...
By Richard Waymire 2014/11/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql agent
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Free eBook: SQL Server Transaction Log Management

When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/11/19 (first published: 2013/08/14) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: transaction logs
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