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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: WriteLog Wait Time

During a transaction, data is written to the log cache so that it’s ready to be written to the log file on commit, or can be rolled back if necessary. When the log cache is being flushed to disk, the SQL Server session will wait on the WriteLog wait type. If this happens all the time, it may suggest disk bottlenecks where the transaction log is stored.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/25 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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Data Decisions or Instinct?

Should decisions be made on instinct or with data?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Columnstore Index Changes in SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2012 introduced columnstore indexes, which can immensely improve the performance of OLAP queries. How were they updated and improved in SQL Server 2014?  Read more...
By Edward Pollack 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: columnstore indexes
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Restoring the SQL Server Master Database Even Without a Backup

Many DBAs back up their user databases, but not their system databases. Whatever the reason for the lack of a backup, John Grover explains how to save yourself (mostly) should you ever find yourself with no viable master database and no good backup.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/24 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: restore database
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SQL in the City Workshop - Continuous Integration Stairway

Red Gate’s running a half-day training workshop at their UK head office in Cambridge on Aug 8. It’ll show you how to link your database source control repository to your build system as the starting point for continuous integration.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/24 | Source: SQL in the City | Category: events
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 9: Dynamic T-SQL Code

There times when you need to write T-SQL code that creates specific T-SQL Code and executes it. When you do this you are creating dynamic T-SQL code. When writing dynamic T-SQL you need to understand how dynamic code opens the possibilities for a SQL injection attack.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/07/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Deep Insight

At least it's not Sage.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2014/07/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/23 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Calculating and Verifying Check Digits in T-SQL

A lot of numbers that we use everyday such as Bank Card numbers, Identification numbers, and ISBN codes, have check digits. As part of the routine data cleansing of such codes we must check that the code is valid- but do we? Dwain Camps shows how it can be done in SQL in such a way that it could even be used in a constraint, and keep bad data out of the database.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: calculation
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SQL-only ETL using a bulk insert into a temporary table (SQL Spackle)

This article demonstrates a method of importing a data file directly into a temporary table and selectively inserting data from the temporary table into a SQL Server table, all in a single set of SQL commands.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: bulk insert
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DevOps

The DevOps movement has Steve Jones excited.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Is Source Control Really That Boring?

The SSC team has put together a little quiz on database source control to go with Rob Richardson, Robert Sheldon, and Tony Davis' new book, SQL Server Source Control Basics. Do you daydream about source control... or daydream to avoid it?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: survey
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Traits of a DBA - Part Two – The Personal Side of a DBA

A good DBA needs to have good technical skills but he also has to have good personal skills. In this article, Greg Larsen discusses the personal skills a DBA should have.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/22 | Source: Database Journal | Category: dba basics
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Data Mining: Part 12 DMX for Data Mining

In this lesson we will learn the basics of DMX and create some samples.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data
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A IT Consultant for our Times

Phil Factor explains that being a consultant in the latest IT hot topic is a worthy role. Someone has to do it, and Phil explains why.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Back from Sabbatical

After six weeks away, Steve Jones is back.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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13 Questions about SQL Server Data Types You were Too Shy to Ask

Although SQL Data Types seem to cause a lot of grief for database developers and can be tricky in their use, we seem to be expected to know all about them, and so it is embarrassing to ask questions about them in forums. Rob Sheldon continues in his mission to answer all those questions that we hesitate to ask.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/07/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: data types
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SQL in the City: Save the Date

SQL in the City is coming back to London and Seattle in 2014. The London event will take place on October 24 (before Tech Ed Europe) and in Seattle on November 3 (before PASS Summit). Keep an eye on the event website and @redgate for updates.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/07/21 | Source: SQL in the City | Category: events
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What Is the Hardest Feature to Learn About SQL Server?

SQL Server is a complex product and many of us work with only a small part of the product. However many of us will have exposure to quite a few features inside of the platform. Today Andy Warren asks you if there is some feature that's harder than others.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to XML: Level 2 - The XML Data Type

Robert Sheldon describes SQL Server's XML Data Type, and shows that it is as easy to configure a variable, column, or parameter with the XML data type as configuring one of these objects with any other datatype  Read more...
By Rob Sheldon 2014/07/18 (first published: 2012/09/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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