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Microsoft IT: A Case Study on “Hekaton” against RPM

I/O latch can cause session delays that impact application performance. This white paper describes the procedures and common I/O latch issues when migrating to Hekaton in SQL Server 2014. It also includes challenges that occurred during the migration and the performance analysis at different stages.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/25 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: hekaton
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The Market

This Friday Steve Jones asks about the market price for your skills. Do you know what it is?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/01/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Create/write to an Excel 2007/2010 spreadsheet from an SSIS package

Excel spreadsheets are useful for distributing data generated by SQL Server. EPPlus is an open source .NET library that reads/writes Excel 2007/2010 files using the Open Office XML format (XLSX). It is a mature project, and plays well with SSIS.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2016/01/22 (first published: 2014/02/11) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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Correct SQL Server TempDB Spills in Query Plans Caused by Outdated Statistics

Sergey Gigoyan looks at how to address the warning: Operator used tempdb to spill data during execution with spill level 1.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/22 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: tempdb
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Scripting Environments in SSIS

Demo and script on how to script out SSIS Environments and their associated variables  Read more...
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Design a Better SQL Server Pricing Model

Today we have a guest editorial from Andy Warren that talks about SQL Server the no one's favorite topic: licensing.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2016/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Microsoft Azure DocumentDB

Microsoft's DocumentDB is a late-entrant in the Document-oriented database field. However, it benefits from being designed from the start as a cloud service with a SQL-like language. It is intended for mobile and web applications. Its JSON document-notation is compatible with the integrated JavaScript language that drives its multi-document transaction processing via stored procedures, triggers and UDFs. Robert Sheldon investigates its SQL-like query language.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 6: Updating and Deleting Data in a Columnstore Index

This level looks in detail at what happens when we update or delete data from a clustered columnstore index, the impact it has on concurrent data access, and how without careful maintenance the efficiency of columnstore indexes can degrade over time.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2016/01/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Hard Data v Gut Feel

Data is more important than gut feel, or at least, Steve Jones thinks it should be more important. Today he talks about using data to support decisions.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/01/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Network Load Testing Using iPerf

Tim Radney of SQLskills shows how to measure your network so you have more ammo to take to your network team when there is a performance issue.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/20 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: network load testing
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Time and Space: How to Monitor Drive Space in SQL Server

How to monitor drive space in T-SQL and calculate when your drives will run out of space.  Read more...
By Ed Wagner 2016/01/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: drive space
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Getting Started with Stretch Database Functionality in SQL Server 2016 - Part 2

Arshad Ali explains and demonstrates the impact of enabling the Stretch database feature on backup and restore operations. He also discusses ways to pause, resume, and disable this feature altogether when not needed.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/19 | Source: Database Journal | Category: stretch database
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The DBA Tax

Are you a DBA tax on your company? Or an asset that's worth the cost. Steve Jones talks about trying to be the latter and not the former.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/01/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Real World: Implementing Data Compression in SQL Server 2008 R2

Sharing our experience using Data Compression as a space savings option in MS SQL Server 2008  Read more...
By Kenneth Igiri 2016/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: compression
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Muting the Immutable

Phil Factor on dealing with "immutable" domain data during database development and deployment.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Turn Out the Lights

Today we have a guest editorial from Andy Warren that looks at the costs associated with our behavior.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2016/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Documenting Your PowerShell Binary Cmdlets

Whereas it is easy to provide inline documentation for a normal scripted PowerShell cmdlet or function so as to provide comprehensive help at the command-line or IDE, the same isn't true of binary cmdlets written in C#. At last, there is an open-source utility to assist with this that is being actively maintained and updated. At last, binary cmdlets need no longer be the poor cousins of scripted cmdlets in their documentation  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Having fun with PARSENAME (SQL Spackle)

PARSENAME is perhaps the most infrequently used built-in documented function in SQL Server. SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master Wayne Sheffield shows why this nifty function ought to be included in your SQL toolbox.  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2016/01/15 (first published: 2014/03/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: parsename
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Wherever I Lay My Hat: Release Management in TeamCity with Redgate DLM

Where you have multiple services, applications and databases in your environment, and perhaps with high levels of scrutiny and governance, you'll probably want a Release Management system for deploying database and application code together: You can, alternatively, use a separate Release Management component. But for simpler applications, you can use your existing build system such as TeamCity to deploy changes. Using a database deployment example, Richard Macaskill shows how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/01/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: release management
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Security Convenience

Security is always a hot topic, and Steve Jones notes that we should be specific when we work with security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/01/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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