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The Full Court CosmosDB Press

Microsoft is pushing CosmosDB quite a bit this year.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Instance ID MSSQLSERVER Is Already In Use

This article will explain how to fix "The Instance ID 'MSSQLSERVER' Is Already In Use By SQL Server Instance 'MSSQLSERVER.INACTIVE' Error.   Read more...
By Nisarg Upadhyay 2017/09/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mssqlserver
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Avoiding the Hell of having to Remember DDL syntax

What's your favorite productivity tool when writing SQL? Phil Factor has has flirted with most of them, from templates and snippets to a programmer's clipboard and back again.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/09/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to Drop All Your Indexes – Fast

You probably shouldn't be doing this, but if you need to, Brent Ozar has a script for that.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/09/18 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: drop indexes
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Redgate wants your opinion

Have you tried or used SQL Prompt? Redgate is running some research on SQL Prompt pricing. Please help by filling in their short survey for the chance to win one of three licenses of SQL Prompt or a Redgate point-tool if your choice.  Read more...
By 2017/09/18 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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A Pattern for Email Address storage and retrieval

Email addresses are very prevalent in IT systems and often used as a natural primary key. The repetitive storage of email addresses in multiple tables is a bad design choice. Following is a design pattern to store email addresses in a single table and to retrieve them efficiently.  Read more...
By Jeff Reinhard 2017/09/15 (first published: 2015/09/24) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: email address
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Voting for Change

Microsoft changed some things in SQL Server 2017 in response to community requests. Steve Jones is asking for more.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server R Services: Digging into the R Language

It is not just the analytic power of R that you get from using SQL Server R Services, but also the great range of packages that can be run in R that provide a daunting range of graphing and plotting facilities. Robert Sheldon shows how you can take data held in SQL Server and, via SQL Server R Services, use an R package called ggPlot that offers a powerful graphics language for creating elegant and complex plots.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/09/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql server r services
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Automate MSBI deployments Using PowerShell

There are various ways we can deploy MSBI project deliverable. This article will give you an idea to automate MSBI deployments using Windows PowerShell.  Read more...
By Kunal Rathi 2017/09/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: msbi
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I Will Write Bad Code

Steve Jones knows he'll write code that has issues. He plans for that.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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sp_AllNightLog: Creating Jobs Like I’m The President

Erik Darling explains why sp_AllNightLog creates so many jobs by default.  Read more...
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Extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases with ReadyRoll from Redgate

In this webinar, Microsoft MVP Steve Jones and Redgate’s Arneh Eskandari will show you how Redgate’s Database DevOps solution can work to improve your database development and deployment processes. You'll see a demo of the following Redgate tools - ReadyRoll, DLM Automation and DLM Dashboard - and see how they plug into GIT. There will also be plenty of time to ask Steve and Arneh questions.   Read more...
By 2017/09/25 (first published: 2017/09/14) | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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Moving Dynamic Data Masked Data to New Locations

In this level of the Stairway to Dynamic Data Masking we examine how masking affects data movement.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dynamic data masking
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A Backup Change

Steve Jones talks about backup of data today and the challenges of managing this at scale.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication

Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication provides a hands-on introduction to SQL Server replication. The book introduces you to the technologies that make up replication, and then walks you through setting up different replication scenarios. When you've finished reading, you should be able to implement your own multi-server replication setup while following the principle of least privilege.  Read more...
By Press Release 2017/09/13 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Redgate | Category: replication
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Protecting SQL Server from Ransomware

The problem of ransomware seems to be increasing. Major organizations are being hit and their servers are being affected. K. Brian Kelley explains some of the basic things you can do to reduce your expose to ransomeware.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/09/13 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: ransomware
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Pattern Recognition via Principal Components Analysis

We'll look at using principal components analysis to help visualise your data and detect underlying structure or patterns.  Read more...
By Nick Burns 2017/09/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: r language
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The Randomness of Analog

A look back at the random nature of finding information in libraries and bookstores. A feeling Steve Jones misses.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/09/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Data Aggregation Aggravation

When we have to deal with and store a lot of data, it makes sense to aggregate it so that we store only the information we actually need. If we get this right, this works well, but the design of the system takes care and thought because the problems can be subtle and various. Joe Celko describes some of the ways that things can go wrong and end up providing incorrect, inaccurate or misleading results.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/09/12 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Guide available for enhancing privacy and addressing GDPR requirements with the Microsoft SQL platform

The EU Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018 - and we know that many of you are searching for guidelines and recommendations for how to properly handle the data privacy and data protection requirements stipulated by the GDPR. This guide provides technical guidance and best practices for addressing data privacy concerns and enhancing your overall data protection and security strategy with Microsoft SQL technologies.  Read more...
By 2017/09/12 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: data privacy
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