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How to automatically provision sanitized data using SQL Clone, Data Masker, and PowerShell

This article describes a strategy, using data masking, cloned databases, and PowerShell, which will allow you to sanitize data before it is copied or moved, for example from a production environment into testing or development environments.  Read more...
By 2018/01/15 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Data-driven Prototypes

Phil Factor on a tale of how dodgy mock data derailed an otherwise-convincing prototype.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2018/01/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Binary Files Import and Export

Importing binary files is always a challenge in SQL Server. New Author Sergey Benner brings us a technique using bulk loading that has worked well for him.  Read more...
By Sergey Benner 2018/01/12 (first published: 2008/08/28) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: bcp
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Disable or Drop

When you need to debug or troubleshoot, Steve Jones wants you to disable, not drop, objects.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Finding code smells using SQL Prompt: procedures that lack schema-qualification

It is a very good idea to get into the habit of qualifying the names of procedures with their schema. It is not only makes your code more resilient and maintainable, but as Microsoft introduces new features that use schemas, such as auditing mechanisms, you code contains no ambiguities that could cause problems.  Read more...
By 2018/01/12 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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SQL Server 2017 and Python Basics

This tutorial from Siddharth Mehta is intended to help experienced T-SQL Developers, DBAs, Data Analysts and Data Science enthusiasts to start using Python language with T-SQL.   Read more...
By 2018/01/12 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: python
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GDPR - A guide for the perplexed

If a picture paints a thousand words then can GDPR regulation be represented in diagram form? Could doing so make it easier to comply with the regulation by making it easier to understand?  Read more...
By David Poole 2018/01/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: gdpr
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Job Interviews: What is Normalization?

Do you know how to answer normalization questions in an interview? Steve Jones gives you a few ideas and recommends you brush up on your knowledge.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What is database DevOps, and why is it important for DBAs?

Over the past 20 years, the concept of database DevOps has always been around, but the ability to automate tasks hasn’t been as simple for the database as it has been for application development. Database DevOps tools have now emerged, however, and the benefits of including DevOps for the database are being realized by many organizations to achieve greater operational efficiency.  Read more...
By 2018/01/11 | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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A Walk Around SQL Operations Studio

SQL Server Management Studio has been the default tool for working with SQL Server for over a decade. It’s not, however, compatible with any operating system outside of Microsoft Windows. SQL Operations Studio (SQLOPS), the open source program originally called ‘Project Carbon’, is now available for users of Linux and macOS as well as Windows. Robert Cain demonstrates the features of SQLOPS.  Read more...
By 2018/01/11 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql operations studio
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Stairway to SQL Server Agent - Level 4: Configuring Database Mail

Examines the database mail system configuration in depth. You will learn how to configure database mail to work with SMTP mail systems, and get some troubleshooting tips.  Read more...
By Richard Waymire 2018/01/10 (first published: 2011/07/28) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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SQL Crossword - Best Practices

This crossword tests your knowledge of SQL Server best practices.  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2018/01/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2018/01/10 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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How SQL Monitor Monitors Azure-based SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances

This article will show you how to set up SQL Monitor to monitor Azure-based clustered instances right alongside your on-premise clusters.  Read more...
By 2018/01/10 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Azure DWH part 23: Data Mining

SQL Server on-premises includes a module to create Data Mining models. We will show how to create them using ASDW.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2018/01/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data
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Is This Data Science?

An analysis of salaries uses statistics to determine significance of the data. Is this data science?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP

In this free ebook Kalen Delaney introduces and explains how the 2016 In-Memory OLTP engine works. The Hekaton internals knowledge offered in this book will help you migrate existing tables or databases to Hekaton, and get faster performance from your SQL Server applications than you ever thought possible.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/09 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: in-memory oltp
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GDPR: Why We Stopped Selling Stuff to Europe

The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of rules that give consumers rights about how their data is stored, used, and deleted. In this post Brent Ozar provides some handy resources, and sparks some interesting debate.  Read more...
By 2018/01/09 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: gdpr
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How to Change the File Extension for a Data File

This is a fix to primary data file that is created with a different file extension or accidentally renamed to a different file extension  Read more...
By Sadan Kumar Budde 2018/01/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data file
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6 reasons why your development team needs SQL Prompt

While SQL Prompt cannot turn an unskilled database programmer into a SQL hero, it will drive up the productivity of a typical multi-skilled development team, and reduce reliance on specialist database developers.  Read more...
By 2018/01/08 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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