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Free eBook: Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Three SQL Server MVPs (Jonathan Kehayias, Ted Krueger and Gail Shaw) provide fascinating insight into the most common SQL Server problems, why they occur, and how they can be diagnosed using tools such as Performance Monitor, Dynamic Management Views and server-side tracing. The focus is on practical solutions for removing root causes of these problems, rather than "papering over the cracks".  Read more...
By Press Release 2017/08/02 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: Redgate | Category: troubleshooting
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Data Science en Masse

GE is training lots of its staff in data science.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Performance Myths : Oversizing string columns

Aaron Bertrand shows a quick demo that illustrates why you should be very careful about oversizing varchar / nvarchar columns.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/02 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: performance
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Who's Licensed?

It's not easy to keep track of software licenses in a large organization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/08/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Azure DWH part 13: Load data using Data Platform Studio

In this article we will load data from a SQL Server on-premises to Azure SQL Data Warehouse  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2017/08/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: azure
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How to Generate a Restore Script

There are multiple ways to accomplish a database restore. But if you wanted to restore a database from a script how might you accomplish that task quickly and accurately?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/08/01 | Source: Database Journal | Category: restore
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Simple Talk is hiring a full-time editor

Have experience editing and writing technical content? Redgate is currently hiring for their educational publishing site, Simple Talk. They're open to accepting remote workers, so if you're interested, there's no excuse not to go ahead and apply!  Read more...
By Site Owners 2017/08/01 (first published: 2017/07/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: hiring
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Auto DevOps

Steve Jones worries about the coding being done in today's vehicles.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Creating a Robust SSIS Development Environment using the SSIS Catalog

Discover how to integrate features of Visual Studio and the SSIS Catalog for an efficient development and deployment environment.  Read more...
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How might classification and better documentation improve data safety?

SQL Atlas is the latest prototype to come from the Redgate Foundry - find out more about what the tool does and try out the interactive demo for yourself.  Read more...
By 2017/07/31 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Managing Passwords

This week Troy Hunt provides updated password guidelines, but Steve Jones notes many of us are in the middle, both managing and dealing with passwords.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Query Store and Parameterization Problems

The query store gives us a novel way of identifying those queries that are causing performance problems when they are parameterized by SQL Server for reuse. Although it is relatively simple to ensure that certain troublesome queries avoid the problem, it is laborious to identify these queries. Additionally, Query Store gives us the means to fix the problem for groups of queries by means of plan guides without changing the DDL at all. Dennes Torres explains the details  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/31 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: query store
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A Summit Just North of The Big Easy

Steve Jones travels back to one of the largest free events in the country, SQL Saturday Baton Rouge.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQLCMD and Batch File magic

Execute scripts in a folder with a single click using SQLCMD and a batch file.  Read more...
By Manu Mohanan 2017/07/28 (first published: 2015/11/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlcmd
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Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB

Developers using SQL Server Express face a few challenges in their day to day work. One is that setting up and maintaining Express can be a daunting task.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/28 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: sql server 2012
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Simple Talk is hiring a full-time editor

Have experience editing and writing technical content? Redgate is currently hiring for their educational publishing site, Simple Talk. They're open to accepting remote workers, so if you're interested, there's no excuse not to go ahead and apply!  Read more...
By Site Owners 2017/08/01 (first published: 2017/07/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: hiring
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Advanced Analytics with R and SQL Part II - Data Science Scenarios

Build and Operationalize scalable Predictive models and intelligent applications using SQL and R.   Read more...
By Frank A. Banin 2017/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data science
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Statistics in SQL: The Kruskal–Wallis Test

Before you report your conclusions about your data, have you checked whether your 'actionable' figures occurred by chance? The Kruskal-Wallis test is a safe way of determining whether samples come from the same population, because it is simple and doesn't rely on a normal distribution in the population. This allows you a measure of confidence that your results are 'significant'. Phil Factor explains how to do it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/07/27 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Who's Smarter? Humans or AI Systems?

The growth of AI has Steve Jones a bit worried.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Crossword #1

Today we start a new puzzle series, with a crossword puzzle from MVP Kenneth Fisher.  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2017/07/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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