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How Long Before Your Database Runs Out of Space?

Almost all SQL Server databases grow in size over time. Capacity planning is an important activity for the DBA. You need to know how long before you run out of space long before you actually do. Here are some helpful tips and tricks.  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2016/06/09 | Source: | Category: capacity planning
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STRING_SPLIT() in SQL Server 2016 : Follow-Up #2

Aaron Bertrand rounds out his series on STRING_SPLIT() in SQL Server 2016 with additional tests comparing splitting techniques to TVPs.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/09 | Source: | Category: string_split
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Come to InsideSQL on June 14

Inside SQL is the Deep Dive conference for SQL Server professionals in London on June 14.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/09 | Source: | Category: events
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Byte Me: Coins Only

By Bob Lang 2016/06/08 | Source: | Category: byte me
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Continuous Integration with Microsoft SQL Server

What about database development? In most projects, developers aren’t focused on database development and for proper CI, the database version should keep neck to neck with the application builds.  Read more...
By Joao Osorio 2016/06/08 | Source: | Category: continuous integration
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Free eBook: SQL Server Backup and Restore

In this free eBook Shawn McGehee offers advice on query tuning, cutting stored procedures, and system process design and implementation for high availability. Discover how to perform backup and restore operations using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), basic T-SQL scripts and Red Gate's SQL Backup tool.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/08 (first published: 2014/03/05) | Source: Redgate | Category: ebook
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SQL Server AlwaysOn Endpoint Encryption Algorithm Compatibility Error

Ahmad Yaseen takes a look at how to deal with an endpoint encryption compatibility error when using SQL Server's AlwaysOn Availability Group Wizard.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/08 | Source: | Category: alwayson
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Alan Burstein discusses a better performning alternative to PERCENT_RANK that works on SQL Server versions 2005+  Read more...
By Alan Burstein 2016/06/07 | Source: | Category: percent_rank
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Developing software requires abstractions. Should we do more in database development?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/07 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Be the first to try Redgate SQL Compare 12

Hot on the heels of the SQL Server 2016 general release, the team at Redgate have just released beta builds for both SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare. As well as support for SQL Server 2016, these releases introduce a brand new user interface, and squash a whole host of bugs. In this blog post, Carly Meichen takes a closer look at what's new, and explains how you can give the development team your feedback and requests.  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: redgate
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Looking at VIEWs, Close Up

Views in SQL can be difficult. It isn't easy to judge when to use them, It isn't always obvious how to determine if a view can be indexed or if it is updateable. Joe Celko takes a tricky topic and comes up with some helpful guidelines.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: views
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Adding Time Intelligence to a Power BI Data Model

In this article I want to provide an introduction to the vital set of functions that help you to use a time element when analyzing data  Read more...
By Adam Aspin 2016/06/06 | Source: | Category: power bi
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A New Sample Database

Microsoft has released the first version of a new sample database for SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/06 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How to Query Comma Seperated Value Columns in SQL

Karthik provides a simple solution to querying a table that has comma separated values.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/06 | Source: | Category: comma separated value
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Meeting Cheating

A distaste for meetings. 
By Phil Factor 2016/06/06 | Source: | Category: editorial
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When I began using LAST_VALUE, the results were not what I expected at all. Read on to learn the secret!  Read more...
By Kathi Kellenberger 2016/06/03 (first published: 2015/04/14) | Source: | Category: t-sql
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Accept Failure

Today Steve Jones talks about the risk inherent in any project, and how we should be aware of our mistakes, learn from them, and sometimes just give up when we've made too many.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/03 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The End of Big Data

What is next for big data? Some experts claim that data "volumes, velocity, variety and veracity" will only increase over time, requiring more data storage, faster machines and more sophisticated analysis tools. However, this is short-sighted, and does not take into account how data degrades over time. Analysis of historical data will always be with us, but generation of the most useful analyses will be done with data we already have. To adapt, most organizations must grow and mature their analytical environments. Lockwood Lyon shares the steps they must take to prepare for the transition.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/03 | Source: Database Journal | Category: big data
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OmniCompare: How do your SQL Servers differ?

When you have an issue on standardized kit, your first question is usually what’s changed or how is this server different to the others. Has a setting been changed? A job disabled? Aireforge OmniCompare was developed to help diagnose such issues, comparing a large number of settings over a large number of servers. In this blog post, Aireforge founder and developer Phil Grayson gives an overview of the new tool.  Read more...
By 2016/06/03 | Category: tools
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Another Re-Release

Microsoft has re-released another patch. 
By Steve Jones 2016/06/02 | Source: | Category: editorial
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