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Backup and Restore Strategies in SQL Server – Part 1

You need to set up backup and restore strategies to recover data or minimize the risk of data loss in case a failure happens. In this article series, Arshad Ali discusses backup and restore strategies in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/08 | Source: Database Journal | Category: backup / restore
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Solving Kerberos Issues in SSRS When Running Beside IIS

When SSRS is running on a server with IIS, pass through Windows Authentication can be difficult to set up.  Read more...
By Ian Massi 2014/10/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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Improving the Quality of SQL Server Database Connections in the Cloud

To access SQL Server from the client, you use TDS protocol over TCP. This is fine over reliable LANs but over the internet these connections are relatively slow and fragile. TDS is still used to connect to databases in the cloud, but you need to use a combination of the new features such as connection pools and idle connection resiliency to make applications faster and more reliable. Edward Elliott shows you how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: tcp connection
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A T-SQL Code Testing Guide

Testing our database code is a fairly immature process for many of this, but perhaps we could build a guide that helps everyone learn to write better and more comprehensive tests.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Connecting to Analysis Services in Another Domain

Connecting to resources in untrusted domains with windows authentication can be tricky. Here's how to make it easy.  Read more...
By Ian Massi 2014/10/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Log Files for Troubleshooting

Your SQL Server Report Server service will not start or you keep getting an error when you navigate to the SSRS URL? What logging tools are available to assist you with diagnosing SSRS problems, issues, or errors? Check out this tip to learn more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/06 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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The Next Five Years

What is coming in the next five years for us? Steve Jones has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Saving Hard Dollars

Data analysis can save money and resources, but it will certainly transform our world.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using the WMI Event Watcher Task in SSIS to Process Data Files

With the WMI Event Watcher Task in SSIS we can import files as soon as they arrive.  Read more...
By Orlando Colamatteo 2014/10/03 (first published: 2012/07/02) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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The Decline of SQL Server

The popularity of SQL Server seems to be high, but there might be reasons to be concerned.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Ninja Immutable Databases

'Immutable' databases operate under the principle that data or objects should not be modified after they are created. Once again they hold the promise of providing strong consistency combined with horizontal read scalability, and built-in caching. Are Immutable databases a new idea? Are they different in any way from the mainstream RDBMSs?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/03 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: immutable databases
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You Can Still Vote for PASS

If you couldn't vote last week or didn't get a ballot, you still can. Please go to www.sqlpass.org and learn more.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 (first published: 2014/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: pass
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Data Compression and Snapshot Isolation

Data Compression and Snapshot Isolation don't play well together, you may not see a performance benefit  Read more...
By Jeff Reinhard 2014/10/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data compression
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Protect Confidential SQL Server Data Q and A

Following on from a webcast, Tim Smith answers some questions on SQL Server security like: Is It Better To Mask At the Application Level Or The SQL Server Database Level? Are there any options to find SSNs in SQL Server besides RegEx? And, why would anyone store sensitive data un-encrypted in SQL Server?   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/02 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: security
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The Final Service Packs

Microsoft has released a final service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2, which many of you might want to install.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 2: Storage 101

level 2 of the stairway  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2014/10/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: alwayson
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Life Logging

This editorial was orignally published on Dec 8, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. Would you like the idea of capturing everything you do? Audio, video, text, code, a log of your life. A new book from Microsoft Research talks about this and Steve Jones things it could be an interesting capability for your career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/01 | 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 2014/10/01 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Filling In Missing Values Using the T-SQL Window Frame

Since SQL Server delivered the entire range of window functions, there has been far less justification for using the non-standard ex-Sybase 'Quirky Update' tricks to perform the many permutations of running totals in SQL Server. One of these related problems is the 'Data Smear'. Do window functions make this easier, and what is performance like? Dwain Camps investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/01 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Challenge Yourself

How do you grow your career? Steve Jones has a few ideas on what you can do to both improve your skills and build your brand.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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