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PowerShell Desired State Configuration: Automating and Monitoring Pull mode

The Pull mode of Desired State Configuration (DSC) is more complicated to implement because you need to meticulously manage the MOF files and their naming conventions so as to ensure that you deploy your DSC configurations correctly. In this first article of a two-part series, Nicolas Prigent describes how you can best automate this, and then in a second part on monitoring DSC he describes techniques to help you to use the pull mode as a regular part of your admin work.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/22 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Target Recovery Interval and Indirect Checkpoint

Indirect checkpoint is the recommended configuration, especially on systems with large memory footprints and default for databases created in SQL Server 2016.  Read more...
By Igor Micev 2016/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: configuration
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Byte Me: Supervirus

By Bob Lang 2016/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: byte me
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SQL Server differences of char, nchar, varchar and nvarchar data types

Sherlee Dizon looks at the basic differences between char, nchar, varchar, and nvarchar, as well as what to be aware of when using each data type.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/21 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: char
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Using SQL Compare with Dynamic Data Masking

Dynamic Data Masking is an exciting new feature in SQL Server 2016, allowing DBAs to centrally set a mask that is returned for a table column instead of the actual data, limiting what information is returned to certain users in a consistent and reliable way. What’s more, Redgate SQL Compare safely and reliably handles your DDM changes. Data Platform MVP Steve Jones explains more.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/21 | Source: Redgate | Category: dynamic data masking
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Stairway to U-SQL Level 4: U-SQL and Data Lake Tooling with Visual Studio

A guide to using Visual Studio to create U-SQL projects and scripts.  Read more...
By Mike McQuillan 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: u-sql
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The Relentless Cloud

The march to the cloud is ongoing and Steve Jones says you should prepare yourself. Even if your company doesn't move.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/07/20 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Redgate | Category: troubleshooting
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Number of Rows Read / Actual Rows Read warnings in Plan Explorer

Rob Farley looks at information exposed in query plans about residual predicates and actual rows read, showing how Plan Explorer helps identify the issue.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/20 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: query plans
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Databases in Azure: Copy and Exports

Toady we are going to make a copy and export your DB to Azure Storage. Lets get started.  Read more...
By Michael Morin 2016/07/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: backup
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Planning for a Successful Database Lifecycle

Although it is well-known that the best efforts of a development team can be derailed by mistakes in the architecture, design and general governance of a development project, few attempts have been made to describe what needs to be done to increase the chances of success in the development of a database application. William Brewer steps into the breach to itemise what a delivery team needs to succeed.  Read more...
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Scary Deployments

Today Steve Jones talks about the problem of having code that people are afraid to change or deploy.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Security is Getting Serious

Today Steve Jones notes that back doors could be inserted into chips, which would be a huge problem.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Authentication Via AD Groups Part III: What About Orphaned Users?

With AD Authentication via groups, SQL Server is vulnerable to orphaned Windows users' logins being added to SQL Server at a later date. This article gives an improved user audit script that detects orphaned DB Users and also a delete script.  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2016/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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Delivering Rapid Improvements to SSMS

SSMS has spent years being neglected, merely being kept compatible with SQL Server and its features: But now we have, instead, the promise of monthly delivery of new functionality  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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SQL Server 2016 - what's changed in the SQL Toolbelt?

Over recent months, Redgate’s development teams have been busy updating the tools in the SQL Toolbelt to support the valuable new functionality released with SQL Server 2016. To achieve this, most tools now support the syntax for SQL Server 2016’s key features, letting you do even more with them. Learn mor.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/18 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql toolbelt
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Encrypting and Decrypting SQL Server Stored Procedures, Views and User-Defined Functions

You work in a shop that puts business or application logic in SQL Server using stored procedures, views and functions to return values to the calling applications or perform tasks. This is not unusual for companies that use the SQL Server layer to perform  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/18 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: encryption
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 8: Coding Shortcuts using += and -= Operators

No one wants to use more keystrokes than they have to when they write a chunk of T-SQL code. To help with minimizing the number of characters a T-SQL developer needs to type the Microsoft team introduced three new shortcuts operators when they release SQL Server 2008. These shorts cuts are the String Concatenation, Add EQUALS, and the Subtract EQUALS operators.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/07/15 (first published: 2014/07/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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The Remote DBA

This Friday, Steve Jones asks if you're like to work remotely. With the trend moving this way, mostly for extra hours, maybe you'd like to move that way for most of your work time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Happy Birthday Present from Minionware

The Midnight DBAs and Minionware are having a birthday celebration. You can get your present of a free license today only.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/07/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: minionware
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