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Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX - Level 9: Function / Iterator Function Pairs: The DAX MAX() and MAXX() Functions

As a part of his "Function / Iterator Pairs" mini-series, Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, SQL Server MVP, and author Bill Pearson introduces the DAX MAX() and MAXX() functions, discussing similarities and differences. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating "largest numeric values" to meet differing needs within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2015/01/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Hadoop and SQL Server

Hadoop is a technology that's getting quite a bit of attention in the last few years, including integration with SQL Server. Steve Jones talks about the technology and how it might fit in your career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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 2015/01/14 (first published: 2014/03/05) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: ebook
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Options to Improve SQL Server Bulk Load Performance

In this tip Ben Snaidero looks at how to improve SQL Server Bulk Load performance. He focuses his performance tests on options using the BULK INSERT T-SQL command to judge how the various options affect speed.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/01/14 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: bulk load
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Dynamically Create Tables Based on an Access Table

Create and Load Sql Server Tables based on Dynamic Access Database  Read more...
By Lee Ann Campbell 2015/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dynamic tables
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Testing

We know that software testing is important, but we often don't do a great job of executing. Steve Jones talk database testing today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Exploring Query Plans in SQL

SQL Server keeps the most-used execution plans in cache, so it doesn't need to recompile the same queries every time. How can we benefit from this to find potential performance problems in execution plans?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/01/13 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: query plans
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Top 5 things you MUST know about PowerPivot for Excel

Although quite a lot has been written about PowerPivot and its features, there are certain aspects about PowerPivot that may not be obvious, especially to someone who is new to the tool. This articles discusses five such items.  Read more...
By Amir Charania 2015/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: powerpivot
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SQL Prompt Tips #5 - Current Statement Execution

Learn how a new feature in SQL Prompt 6.4 can help you avoid costly mistakes in coding.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql prompt
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Selling Automation to Ops

Steve Jones thinks that DevOps is the wave of the future for most companies. He has a few ways to try and bridge the gap between development and Operations groups.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Lakes

An interesting new paradigm popped up in the news this week: the data lake. It examines data as a model for organizational architectures.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server PCI DSS Security Patching Checklist

PCI DSS has strict requirements about implementing security updates and using only applications which are supported by the vendors. How do you create a patching policy for SQL Servers?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/01/12 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: security
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Using EXCEPT to Determine Row Differences

How to use the EXCEPT statement to perform row differences.  Read more...
By M. Douglas Bowan II 2015/01/09 (first published: 2014/03/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: except
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Multiple Backup Files

This Friday Steve Jones looks at your backup system and wonders how many people use striped backups.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Backing up your SQL Server to Amazon's Cloud in Three Easy Steps

John Grover explains how to set up Amazon S3 storage, install and configure the Amazon PowerShell module, and set up a Maintenance plan using SQL native backups and PowerShell.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/01/09 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: s3
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Installing tSQLt

Get started testing your database code with the tSQLt framework.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: tsqlt
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Two Days Off

Verizon is taking their cloud service offline for maintenance for two days. Steve Jones doesn't think that sounds good.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Archiving Hierarchical, Deleted Transaction Using XML

When you delete a business transaction from the database, there are times when you might want to keep a record of the data for posterity. In this article, Dwain Camps looks at a tidy means of doing just that.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/01/08 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: xml
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Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX - Level 8: Function / Iterator Function Pairs: The DAX COUNT() and COUNTX() Functions

As a part of his “Function / Iterator Pairs” mini-series, Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson introduces the DAX COUNT() and COUNTX() functions, discussing similarities and differences. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating counts to meet differing needs within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2015/01/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Test Your Situation

One of the important things is to be able to recover your environment. That doesn't mean you need to know everything about SQL Server and potential disasters, but you should know their affect on your situation.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/01/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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