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Learn Continuous Integration for Databases in Bellevue, WA

Redgate Software has teamed up with Northwest Cadence to present a workshop on May 15, 2015. Come learn how to implement continuous integration in your database development software pipeline.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/04/27 | Source: | Category: events
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Code Reviews

This week Steve Jones asks about a concept that he used early in his career: code reviews. It's a good practice, but it seems as though it's fallen out of favor with many developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How to Recover a SQL Server Login Password

I will describe a simple method anyone can use to obtain lost password information for a SQL Server login.  Read more...
By Geoff Albin 2015/04/24 (first published: 2013/03/04) | Source: | Category: password cracking
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Understanding Cross-Database Transactions in SQL Server

Microsoft 'Always On' technology does not support distributed or cross-database transactions. Why not? Grahaeme Ross shows how to investigate cross-database transactions to understand the problem in more detail, and concludes that a Cross-Database transaction can cause loss of data integrity in the commit phase of the two-phase commit.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: distributed transactions
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Your Role Is Changing

The DBA role is changing with the growth of DevOps as a way to better build software in an organization.  Read more...
By Sjors Takes 2015/04/23 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Adding Slicers to a Reporting Services Report

This article shows you how to create dynamic slicers from a data set in an SSRS report  Read more...
By Adam Aspin 2015/04/23 | Source: | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Continue a Foreach loop after an error in a SQL Server Integration Services package

Say you have a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package with a Foreach Loop container. Inside that container you have a task that sometimes can fail. Koen Verbeeck provides a tip on how to implement SSIS so that, if it fails, the loop will just continue, skip the current step and go to the next iteration.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/23 | Source: | Category: ssis
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Webinar: Wait, what exactly are we shipping? Keeping control in database continuous delivery

Join us on Tuesday 28th April at 4pm BST (11am EDT) for a free webinar panel discussion featuring Brian A. Randell, Grant Fritchey, Steve Jones, and host, Stephanie Herr, on the topic of maintaining visibility and control in database continuous delivery.   Read more...
By Press Release 2015/04/23 (first published: 2015/04/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Stairway to SQL PowerShell Level 9: Objects For Everyone

This level will show how to create objects including a login, a database, a filegroup, a file a database user and then we’ll end with a table and an index.  Read more...
By Ben Miller 2015/04/22 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Security Through Chaos

A company Steve Jones knows uses a diverse network infrastructure to help provide security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Schema-Based Access Control for SQL Server Databases

Access-control within the database is important for the security of data, but it should be simple to implement. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the jargon of principals, securables, owners, schemas, roles, users and permissions, but beneath the apparent complexity, there is a schema-based system that, in combination with database roles and ownership-chaining, provides a relatively simple working solution.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/22 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: access restriction
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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 2015/04/22 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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Would a Duress Password be a Good Idea?

Today we have a guest editorial from Andy Warren. Should we adopt a duress password, just in case we find ourselves in a movie situation while at work?  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2015/04/21 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Part 26: Introduction to Cubes

In this tutorial we will explain what are the SSAS cubes to use them in Data Mining.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2015/04/21 | Source: | Category: data mining
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Automating Image-Based Deployment of SQL Server on Azure IaaS VMs - Preparing OS Image

There are several different approaches to automating deployment of SQL Server Infrastructure-as-a-Service virtual machines in Microsoft Azure. Marcin Policht examines an approach that involves uploading or creating a custom operating system image which is well suited for scenarios where you want to deploy a custom-configured SQL Server instance to multiple virtual machines with minimal effort and maximum consistency.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/21 | Source: Database Journal | Category: iaas
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Embrace Stored Procedures

Developers working with SQL Server should learn to embrace stored procedures. They really, really do work well.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/20 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Sweeping out SQL Server 2005

Tony Davis on why the dusty corners of many organizations still hide numerous SQL 2005 instances.  Read more...
By Tony Davis 2015/04/20 | Source: | Category: editorial
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SSIS Design Pattern - Staging Delimited Flat Files

Learn how to use SSIS to load Delimited Flat Files to staging tables.  Read more...
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How to Get SQL Server Data Conversion Horribly Wrong

One of the most certain ways of going wrong with any relational database is to get data conversion wrong. Implicit data conversion is a good feature for the expert but can cause a lot of trouble to the unwary. These boil down to seven ways of failing to get data conversion right. Rob Sheldon explains and gives sage advice on how to avoid the problems.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/20 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: data conversion
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The Elusive Conditional WHERE Clause

What's this, a conditional WHERE clause that doesn't use dynamic SQL?  Read more...
By John Hick 2015/04/17 (first published: 2013/04/18) | Source: | Category: t-sql
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