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Introduction to Azure PowerShell Modules for the SQL Server DBA Part 1

Our organization is starting to deploy more virtual machines on Azure for both testing and DR environments. I would like to create and administer Azure virtual machines using Windows PowerShell. How do I get started?   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/04 | Source: MSSQLTips.com
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Why Can't We Go Backwards?

How many times have you wanted to restore a database to an earlier version? Today Steve Jones asks why can't we do this and includes a way for you to vote on this.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A few reflections on security by a weary application developer

Data security? No worries! Tell me how much you are willing to pay.  Read more...
By George Copeland 2014/09/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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Stairway to XML: Level 4 - Querying XML Data

You can extract a subset of data from an XML instance by using the query() method, and you can use the value() method to retrieve individual element and attribute values from an XML instance.  Read more...
By Rob Sheldon 2014/09/03 (first published: 2012/10/08) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication

Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication provides a hands-on introduction to SQL Server replication. The book introduces you to the technologies that make up replication, and then walks you through setting up different replication scenarios. When you've finished reading, you should be able to implement your own multi-server replication setup while following the principle of least privilege.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/03 (first published: 2014/02/26) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: replication
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Not unit testing your databases? You should be

Releasing a product without testing it is generally accepted as an unforgivable sin in the software development world. And frankly, there really isn’t an excuse not to test when we have whole suites of testing tools available to us  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/03 | Source: PluralSight | Category: testing
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Advice for Steve Jones

Steve Jones has some advice for a younger him.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Clustered Columnstore Index Gives "Unable to find index entry" Error

The Clustered columnstore index generates "unable to find index entry" error and a memory dump after few DMLs on the table  Read more...
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Quick Survey: PostgreSQL in Your Organization

Do you use PostgreSQL in your organization? Are you thinking about using it? Take our short survey and tell us about what you think about it.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/02 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: survey
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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: Time Since Last Restore

If your log restores aren't happening when they’re meant to, you want to know about it. You’ll be relying on restoring from logs should anything happen to your databases, and if you can’t restore to a certain point in time, you risk losing valuable data.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/02 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: sql monitor
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Implementing Azure Blob Storage (ABS) With SQL Server 2014

With any application organizations face consistent key challenges such as high efficiency and business value, complex configuration, and low total cost of ownership. Extending applications to the cloud in hybrid scenarios addresses many of these challenges, whether distributing SharePoint content across on-premises and Office 365 while leveraging search as a service (hybrid search) or externalizing data, extending it to the cloud with Remote Blob Storage or related technologies.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/02 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: azure
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Happy Labor Day 2014

It's a holiday in the US  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using the Script Task in SSIS to Process Data Files When They Arrive

Learn how you can process data files with SSIS as soon as they arrive using the Script Task.  Read more...
By Orlando Colamatteo 2014/09/01 (first published: 2012/10/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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New toys in SQL Server 2012

In this article we are going to look two new enhancements: the Insert snippet menu option and the surround with option.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/09/01 (first published: 2012/05/15) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: insert
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More Text Analysis with the SSIS Term Lookup Component

As mentioned before, we will use the same use case in this tip as used with the Term Extraction component, which is an archive of all my tweets I've downloaded from Twitter. Using this archive and the Term Extraction transformation I found out which topics I particularly tweeted about in the past years or which persons I mentioned the most.   Read more...
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On the importance of a complete break

If you’re the type who habitually checks work email and thinks about work while on holiday, here’s Gail Shaw's challenge for next time: don’t.  Read more...
By Gail Shaw 2014/09/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Mining Introduction Part 2

This is a continuation of first article about Data Mining. We will talk about decision trees.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2014/08/29 (first published: 2012/12/31) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data mining
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Hooks

Building hooks from your software into enterprise monitoring systems is prudent, and might save you from a few late night phone calls.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A TDD Journey: 2 - Naming Tests; Mocking Frameworks; Dependency Injection

Test-Driven Development (TDD) relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle starting from an initially failing automated test that defines the functionality that is required, and then producing the minimum amount of code to pass that test, and finally refactoring the new code.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/08/29 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: tdd
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Free SQL in the City Seminar Cambridge, MA – Oct 8, 2014

SQL Server MVP Grant Fritchey and Steve Jones will present the Stairway to Continuous Delivery in Cambridge this October in place of the NESSUG meet-up. Learn how to build an efficient development and deployment process for your organization. Register for this free event.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/08/29 | Source: SQL in the City | Category: events
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