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Taking Azure SQL Data Warehouse for a Test-Drive

Azure SQL Data Warehouse uses SQL to query the data, but there are some differences to SQL Server's dialect of TSQL, and queries don't necessarily work in the same way. DBAs are also required to use SSDT to access Azure SQL Data Warehouse. It is worth taking the time to try the preview of the product, and take it for a 'spin around the block', following Robert Sheldon's walk-through.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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Updates During Outages

When a system goes down, it's worth ensuring you can update clients.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A SQL Server Date Handling Issue

How do you think SQL Server will handle this scenario ?  Read more...
By David Ozono 2016/06/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server date handling
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Triple Check Your Restores

After the crash of an US Air Force database was reported, Steve Jones has some advice.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Improved Support for Parallel Statistics Rebuilds

Jonathan Kehayias takes a closer look at a new trace flag that allows you to process multiple concurrent statistics updates on the same table.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/20 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: trace flag 7471
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Be the first to try Redgate SQL Compare 12

We are excited to announce the beta release of SQL Compare & SQL Data Compare 12. We want to use this beta period to get as much feedback from you, the SQL community, as possible. Try it out, or for more information on what’s new, read on.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/20 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql compare
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What SQL Statements Are Currently Using The Transaction Logs?

This article presents a utility that will show you what SQL statements are using the transaction logs, in terms of log space used and transaction duration.  Read more...
By Ian Stirk 2016/06/17 (first published: 2015/03/10) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: transaction log
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SQL Server 2016 is Just Faster

SQL Server 2016 runs faster, sometimes without you changing anything.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to version a SQL Server Master Data Services model

In SQL Server Master Data Services all the entities are organized in a model. Once a model is ready to be released to subscribers, it should be frozen and marked as ready for subscribers. Until a model is marked as ready, a model is typically deemed as work in progress. In this article, Siddarth Mehta covers the standard process that's required to release a completed version of the model to subscribers.  Read more...
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Databases in Azure… Where to begin? Create a Database and log in!

Ready to create your first Database in Azure. Here are the step by step instructions with plenty of definitions and terms.  Read more...
By Michael Morin 2016/06/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure sql database
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What's Your Area of Expertise?

We might be smart in one area, but not others. That's worth remembering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Master Data Management (MDM): Help or Hindrance?

Knut Jürgensen shares his experiences, both positive and negative, with regard to the function that Master Data Management fulfils within a company. Too often this critical aspect of a business is overlooked or pushed aside without paying it the attention it deserves based on the cost benefits available.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: master data management (mdm)
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Sairway to U-SQL Level 1: Introduction to U-SQL and Azure Data Lakes

An introductory guide to querying files in Azure Data Lakes using Microsoft's U-SQL language.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/06/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure
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Stretch Pricing

The Stretch database feature in SQL Server 2016 is fantastic, but is it too expensive?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: SQL Server Hardware

SQL Server Hardware will provide the fundamental knowledge and resources you need to make intelligent decisions about choice, and optimal installation and configuration, of SQL Server hardware, operating system and the SQL Server RDBMS.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/15 (first published: 2013/07/24) | Source: Redgate | Category: hardware
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Row Level Security Part 3 – Disabling Row Level Security for DBAs and Database Owners

In the third part of his series on Row Level Security (RLS), Greg Larson shows how to disable RLS for database administrators, sysadmins, and database owners.  Read more...
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We Manage Algorithms

"Every business is an algorithmic business" - Joseph Sirosh.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Azure Machine Learning - Your first experiment

In this chapter, we will show how to create a Machine Learning experiment from our Azure SQL Warehouse.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2016/06/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure
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The Internals of WITH ENCRYPTION

Paul White discusses the internals of SQL Server's WITH ENCRYPTION clause, and explains why it is not as safe as you might think.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/14 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: with encryption
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The PoSh DBA: Accessing SQL Server from PowerShell

The worst part for a DBA of getting started with PowerShell is often just figuring out the best way of working with SQL Server. The most suitable approach to accessing SQL Server depends on the sort of task you need to produce a script for. Laerte Junior aims at a simple guide to the most common approaches and when to use them.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/14 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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