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Configuring Backups Using Veritas Netbackup with AGs

A short description of our experience with Veritas Netbackup on MS SQL Server AG Groups. This article does not give a full description of the procedure for configuring netbackup but highlights a few pitfalls which we think some people will find very useful.   Read more...
By Kenneth Igiri 2017/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: backup
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Simple SQL: Attribute Splitting

If the design of a relational database is wrong, no amount of clever DML SQL will make it work well. Dr. Codd’s Information Principle is that you have, inside the entity tables, the columns that model the attributes of that entity. The columns contain scalar values. Tables that model relationships can have attributes, but they must have references to entities in the schema. You split those attributes at your peril. Joe Celko explains the basics.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Getting Close to the 2017 RTM

SQL Server 2017 has its first RC.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Short Names

Today Steve Jones talks about the short cuts that developers might take, many of which aren't necessarily helpful.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Azure DWH part 11: Data Warehouse Migration Utility

There is a new utility to import data from SQL Server on premises or Azure SQL to Azure SQL Data Warehouse (ASDW)  Read more...
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Potholes in the Road of Progress

Phil Factor looks at some technologists more famous for thwarting progress than for their own creations.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/07/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 6

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is Microsoft’s new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service that can scale according to organizational demands in just few minutes. In this installment, Arshad Ali covers the different ways to load data into SQL Data Warehouse.  Read more...
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Are your automated tests slowing you down?

Slow, unreliable tests prevent teams doing great work, and make continuous delivery impossible. So what can you do to improve your automated tests?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/17 | Source: Redgate | Category: testing
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 7: Ordering Your Data Using Ranking Functions

In SQL Server there are 4 different ranking functions: RANK, DENSE_RANK, NTILE, and ROW_NUMBER. These ranking functions were introduced in SQL Server 2005. In this stairway level I will be reviewing each of these different ranking functions, and will show you how to use them by providing a few examples.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2017/07/14 (first published: 2015/09/02) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Cool Projects

This week Steve Jones wants to know what type of really interesting projects you are working on. Is there something you really enjoy and look forward to building?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Deploying, Securing, and Updating Power BI Reports

Before Excel and other data-linked spreadsheets, business reports needed to be hand-crafted by IT experts, and changes were arbitrated slowly via change control. Power BI was designed to take the liberation that Excel pioneered to the max, by allowing 'power' users to not only to create Power BI desktop reports, graphics and visualisations in Power BI App, but then link and publish these to the Power BI app. These in turn can be given row level security and have their underlying data kept up-to-date so that users can log in and see the relevant and appropriate data in a browser. Saurabh Desai shows how.  Read more...
By 2017/07/14 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: power bi
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What do you do when you make a mistake?

We all make mistakes, what you do next is what is important.  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/07/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mistake
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Power BI - Rename Table Column headings

Trick to rename column headings on a Power BI Table visual  Read more...
By Daniel Taylor 2017/07/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: power bi
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Performance Myths: Oversizing string columns

Aaron Bertrand shows a quick demo that illustrates why you should be very careful about oversizing varchar / nvarchar columns.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/13 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: performance
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Free prototype tool to audit SQL Server permissions

Redgate have just released SQL Census, a prototype tool from the Foundry division that makes auditing SQL Server user access permissions much easier. In this post Ally Parker shows how it works, tells us what's up next in the tool's development development, and explains how you can download it for free.  Read more...
By 2017/07/13 | Source: Redgate | Category: auditing
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Unlimited PTO

A guest editorial from Andy Warren looking at the unlimited amount of vacation time from his company.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2017/07/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to DAX and Power BI - Level 8: The DAX COUNT() and COUNTX() Functions

As a part of his “Function / Iterator Pairs” mini-series, Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson introduces the DAX COUNT() and COUNTX() functions, discussing similarities and differences. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating counts to meet differing needs within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/07/12 (first published: 2015/01/07) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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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 2017/07/12 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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SQL Server DBA On-Boarding Checklist

How can we be sure that the new DBAs are productive a soon as possible? How can we use highly qualified contractors in the most effective way from day one?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/12 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: dba
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How do you go about team building?

Team building isn't easy, but important for people to work together well.  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2017/07/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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