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Lockdown or Let Them Free

Do we take security too far? Are we creating unnecessary rules for those that need to use the resources we support? Steve Jones talks today about security and how we might want to approach it when handling rights for developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/06/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The SSIS Data Pump - Level 2 of the Stairway to Integration Services

Learn the basics of data flow in SSIS with the data pump in this second installment of our series designed to teach you about Integration Services.  Read more...
By Andy Leonard 2014/06/27 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: | Category: integration services (ssis)
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 45,210 reads

Running SQL Server Databases in the Amazon Cloud (Part 1)

In this tip, Sadequl Hussain outlines what's involved in rolling out a SQL Server instance in RDS. In subsequent tips, he will explore what features it offers and what shortcomings it has.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/06/27 | Source: | Category: amazon rds
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Unique Indexes Are Code; Non-Unique Indexes Are Data

Unique indexes are the database developer's responsibility. Non-unique indexes can be more easily maintained directly on the production database by an automated process.  Read more...
By Daniel White 2014/06/26 | Source: | Category: indexing
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Less and Less Visual

Phil Factor ponders the preponderance of text in current database tools, and asks what happened to our glorious graphical future?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/06/26 | Source: | Category: ssms
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Continuous Delivery and the Database

Continuous Delivery is fairly generally understood to be an effective way of tackling the problems of software delivery and deployment by making build, integration and delivery into a routine. Phil Factor explains why he's an enthusiast for databases being full participants in this story, and suggests practical ways of doing so.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/06/26 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: continuous delivery
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 7: Controlling the Flow of Your T-SQL

When you are writing TSQL code there are times when you want to perform the same logic over and over again. To accomplish this you can used the WHILE keyword. There are other times when you want to perform a conditional test and depending on the results of the test you execute one code block for the TRUE condition and possibly a different code block when the condition is FALSE. When you need to conditionally execute code based on the outcome of a condition you can used the IF keyword. In this Stairway level I will be discussing how to use the WHILE and IF constructs to control the flow of your TSQL code.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/06/25 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Byte Me: Insubordinate Clause

A comedy of errors. 
By Bob Lang 2014/06/25 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/06/25 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: troubleshooting
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What you need for a Multi Subnet Configuration for AlwaysOn in SQL Server 2012

You have a new project that requires a primary database server in one building and secondary database server in another building to be configured as a Failover Cluster. What are the important points to consider for this scenario?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/06/25 | Source: | Category: alwayson
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Never Stop Learning

A successful career in DevOps requires continuous education. 
By Andy Leonard 2014/06/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Introduction Part 10: Microsoft Logistic Regression

This is an introduction to the SQL Server Microsoft Logistic Regression Data Mining Algorithm.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/06/24 | Source: | Category: data
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 2,390 reads

Differences In Native Compiled Procedures Execution Plans

All the wonderful functionality that in-memory tables and natively compiled procedures provide in SQL Server 2014 is pretty cool. But, changes to core of the engine results in changes in things that we may have developed a level of comfort with. Grant Fritchey explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/06/24 | Source: The Scary DBA | Category: execution plans
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How to Make Scalar UDFs Run Faster (SQL Spackle)

It's a well known fact that Scalar UDFs are the stuff of performance nightmares in T-SQL. But are they really as bad as they say? SQL Server MVP Jeff Moden shows us that they might not really be as big a problem as you might think and what you can do when they actually are.  Read more...
By Jeff Moden 2014/06/24 (first published: 2012/08/01) | Source: | Category: t-sql
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Bad Meetings or Meeting Badly

Meetings are a part of modern corporate work that many of us despise. However is that because  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/06/23 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Apology for today's article

We'd like to apologize to Gavin Draper who was plagiarized in an article published today.  Read more...
By Site Owners 2014/06/23 | Source:
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But, but, but, my data is clean!

Gail Shaw on the challenges of trying to extract meaningful data from a database containing customers who have the name 'Dummy **DO NOT USE**''.  Read more...
By Gail Shaw 2014/06/23 | Source: | Category: data degredation
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Introduction to SQL Server in Microsoft Azure

The convenience, competitive pricing, resiliency, and ease of maintenance of the SQL Database Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform are partially offset by a lack of support for some of the features. These limitations can be eliminated by taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure IaaS capabilities and installing a SQL Server instance in an Azure-hosted VM.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/06/23 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure
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Support The Boss

Providing support for your manager or boss in getting his or her job is a good thing. Steve Jones comments on what benefits you might get and why this could enhance your career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/06/20 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Unwelcome posts on our forums

As you may have noticed, we have been suffering recently from increased spam posts on the forums. This is something we're currently working to resolve.  Read more...
By Site Owners 2014/06/20 | Source:
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