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The Power of the Data Model

A data model is far more powerful than simply a set of build instructions for DBAs. It can be used to shape business thought and actions for the benefit of all.  Read more...
By David Poole 2017/02/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data modeling
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Quick Testing with SQL Clone Images

Steve Jones explains how SQL Clone can be used to create multiple copies of a database for different testing scenarios, while using just a fraction of the disk space. For example for developers to experiment in sandbox environments, with full copies of large databases, without the hassle and delays of restoring backups or copying database files.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/02/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: provisioning
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Office Hours Webcast 2017/02/01

In this edition of Office Hours, Brent, Erik, and Richie discuss AlwaysOn Availability Groups, execution plans, speeding up log shipping, applying wrong service packs, their favourite high availability solutions, and more.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/14 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: alwayson
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How to import data to Azure SQL Data Warehouse using SSIS

In this article, we will use SSIS to import a CSV file to Azure SQL Data Warehouse.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2017/02/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: ssis
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How to Build Your First SQL Server Virtual Lab in Windows Azure

If you are a DBA who hasn't so far dived in head-first into using Azure, it is worth setting up an Azure 'Virtual Lab' environment the easy way, using a template. This will then allow you to experiment, try things out with SQL Azure, and get familiar with Resource Groups. Joshua shows how to build a virtual lab, from the ground up in the first of a series that aims to give you a grounding in Azure.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/13 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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Problems With Database Problems

The GitLab crisis has Steve Jones thinking about two things: competence and care.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/02/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Second Career

From a well-built cockney who knew how to avoid wheel clamps, to an ex-member of an elite anti-riot unit, some of the best DBAs have a surprising diversity of skills and experiences, according to Phil Factor.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2017/02/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Wildcard Searches

Using wildcard to find patterns in strings going from the basics to some more complicated conditions.  Read more...
By Luis Cazares 2017/02/10 (first published: 2015/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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Query Performance Tuning – A Methodical Approach

Learn how to approach performance tuning in this piece from SQL Server MCM and MVP, Gail Shaw.  Read more...
By Gail Shaw 2017/02/10 (first published: 2015/06/08) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: performance and tuning
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Moving Through Five Years

An updated editorial. The five years are almost up for the prediction that IT departments would be eliminated. Read Steve Jones thoughts on where we are today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/02/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Reconciling Data Across Systems Using a Reconciliation Hub

In many enterprises, where there are a number of separate systems engaged in processing data, there arises the daunting task of checking and reconciling data as it flows between systems. Discrepancies in data must be detected, tracked and corrected as quickly as possible: there is no room for error in doing this. A Reconciliation Hub can provide the answer, as Rahul Gupta explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/10 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: bi
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Data masking survey and prize draw

The Foundry team at Redgate know that managing sensitive and regulated data can be both challenging and problematic. They want to solve these problems, but first need your help to better understand them in context. What do you find frustrating? What would save you time? Please fill out this short survey to let them know, and as a thanks for your time, at the end you'll be entered into a draw to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Read more...
By 2017/02/16 (first published: 2017/02/10) | Source: Redgate | Category: survey
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Fix Commvault Backup Failures After an Upgrade

In this article, you will learn how to troubleshoot backup failures in SQL Server 2016 when you run using commvault backup tool  Read more...
By Ganapathi varma Chekuri 2017/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: commvault
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How Incorrect SQL Server Table Statistic Estimates Can Cause Slow Query Execution

Ben Snaidero explains that if you are updating your SQL Server table statistics nightly, but still seeing occasional poor performance with some of the queries being executed against my database, statistics could be the issue.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/09 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: performance
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Why Devops? For Better Security

DevOps is supposed to help us build better software, faster. Steve Jones looks at one of the other benefits: security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Backups Aren't Backups Until a Restore Is Made

Steve Jones comments on the Gitlab outage.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/02/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Building Angular2 Apps with SQL Server Data

This article demonstrates using Angular2 and the CData API Server to build dynamic Web pages using SQL Server data.  Read more...
By Jerod Johnson 2017/02/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: angularjs
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Simple Row Level Security for SQL Server 2016

Have you ever had a need to place some simple row level security on a SQL Server table? Well now you can do that in SQL Server 2016 by using row level security.  Read more...
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Using SQL Server and R Services for analyzing DBA Tasks

Article shows how R Services can help database administrators with their daily work   Read more...
By Tomaž Kaštrun 2017/02/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: r language
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Determining What Happens When You Force an Execution Plan via the Query Store

When you force a query plan via the Query Store, you will need to track what happens: Sometimes the request to force a plan will fail, and you will want to know when and why. There are several ways of getting feedback, ranging from the built-in reports to using extended events. Enrico explains the details.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/02/07 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: query store
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