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Cloud First

SQL Server 2016 is the first cloud first version of SQL Server being released as the on-premise product.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: SQL Server Execution Plans, Second Edition

Every day, out in the various online forums devoted to SQL Server, and on Twitter, the same types of questions come up repeatedly: Why is this query running slowly? Why is SQL Server ignoring my index? Why does this query run quickly sometimes and slowly at others? My response is the same in each case: have you looked at the execution plan?  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/04/27 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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How to change server level collation for a SQL Server Instance

Manvendra Singh explains step by step how to change the server level collation setting for an existing SQL Server instance.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/27 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: server-level collation
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SQL Server Resource Governor

Using Resource Governor on a SQL Server that suffers from CPU contention thus allowing us specify limits on the amount of CPU that an incoming request can use.  Read more...
By Arun Sirpal 2016/04/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: resource governor
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Specialist or Generalist

The idea of being a generalist of specialist may not need to be a choice.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Announcing Bilm Academy

Join Andy Leonard the week of May 9-13 for 5 free days of Biml training.   Read more...
By Press Release 2016/05/02 (first published: 2016/04/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: biml
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The Practical Problems of Determining Equality and Equivalence in SQL

In theory, it is easy to determine whether data is equal to, greater than or lesser than a value. Real-world data types can be surprisingly tricky, even for gauging data equivalence. Because SQL cannot remain aloof from any application's data types, you need to be aware of the ways and pitfalls of individual datatypes and how you can test for equality, equivalence, similarity, identity and all that jazz. Joe Celko discusses.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/26 | Source: SimpleTalk
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The Pen Test

Perhaps a penetration test is a good idea for more organizations.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Verify SQL Backups With SQL Powershell

With SQL Powershell, you can check all your database backups in minutes, whether you have ten SQL servers or 100.   Read more...
By Geoff Ruble 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql backups
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A nice whistle and flute

Phil Factor recounts the most important lesson of his early IT career: try not to burst into giggles when you get to look at the client's IT system.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Knee-Jerk Performance Tuning: Incorrect Use of Temporary Tables

Paul Randal continues his knee-jerk performance tuning series, focusing on ways to optimize performance when using temporary tables.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: performance tuning
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Write for SQLServerCentral - Bonus for Azure

We're always looking for articles, but here are a few ones that I'd like to see written up.  Read more...
By Site Owners 2016/04/29 (first published: 2014/09/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Reaping the benefits of the Window functions in T-SQL

Exploring the potential benefits of the T-SQL Window functions (OVER, LAG, and LEAD) in this piece. You can learn how to achieve up to 50% performance boost by replacing a single function call.   Read more...
By Eirikur Eiriksson 2016/04/22 (first published: 2014/03/24) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server 2012
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Automatic SSRS report output of all report parameter combinations

You already have a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) sales report that takes parameters for Country and State. Each time the report is run a user selects the specific Country and State for the report. A request has been made to deliver one report via email that includes all of the combinations for each country and state. Daniel Farina shows how to achieve this without modifying the report.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/22 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: ssrs
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Backups Over Time

Today Steve Jones talks about backups, and the challenges they present over time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Migrating an on premise SQL Server Database to Azure

For this article I want to show you how to import a BACPAC file to create a new Azure SQL Database which is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service(PaaS) offering.  Read more...
By Arun Sirpal 2016/04/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server
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Database Version Control

By placing under source control everything we need to describe any version of a database, we make it much easier to achieve consistent database builds and releases, to find out who made which changes and why, and to access all database support materials. Matthew Skelton explains how to make sure your version control system fully supports all phases of the database lifecycle, from governance, development, delivery and through to operations.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/04/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: version control
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Guess the RTM Build

Have some fun and guess which build will be released for SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/04/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Byte Me: Inadequate Cooling

By 2016/04/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: byte me
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 6: Using the CASE Expression and IIF Function

There are times where you need to write a single T-SQL statement that is able to return different T-SQL expressions based on the evaluation of another expression. When you need this kind of functionality you can use the CASE expression or IIF function to meet this requirement. In this Stairway level Gregory Larsen reviews the CASE and IIF syntax and showing you examples of how the CASE expression and IIF function.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/04/20 (first published: 2014/04/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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