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Database Master Key Error After Database Restore

When restoring a database to another server, you may get a master key error if using symmetric keys   Read more...
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Applying The Scientific Method to SQL Server Performance Tuning

A relational database is a complex machine that is asked to deal with intricate problems. When things go wrong, it usually takes knowledge, deduction and a systematic approach to track down the root core of problems and to determine the best fix, Joshua Feierman illustrates how this can be done.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/31 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: problem solving
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David McCandless Keynoting at PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014

Bringing together business analysts, data scientists, and business intelligence and IT pros, the PASS BA Conference will feature 65+ best-practices, how-to, and strategy sessions by top BA/BI experts. Keynoting this year is Information Is Beautiful author David McCandless.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/31 | Source: | Category: pass
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IT Skills Shortage? No, Just Looking in the wrong place

In which Phil ruminates on the ridiculous idea that we in the West suffer from an IT skills shortage. In truth we have a very blinkered idea of the sort of person who would succeed in an IT Development role   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/03/31 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The Perfect Environment

All our environments for SQL Server are different, but Andy Warren wonders if each of us might have a "perfect environment." Would things be standardized to make administration consistent? Or perhaps flexible to allow each instance to be tailored to its own needs.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/03/28 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The SQL Server 2008 Datetimeoffset Data Type

The Datetimeoffset Data Type was introduced in SQL Server 2008 (and .Net Frameword 3.5) and is the most advanced date and time date type available.  Read more...
By James Skipwith 2014/03/28 (first published: 2011/04/18) | Source: | Category: sql server 2008
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups - What Not to do when Adding Databases

SQL Server's AlwaysOn Availability Groups provide a very resilient way of providing High-availability for SQL Server databases, but there are inevitable limits to their capacity. Warwick Rudd explains some of the dos and don'ts when adding databases.  Read more...
By 2014/03/28 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: alwayson
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Getting Fired

When should a DBA get fired? Steve Jones thinks it should be rare and gives you two cases.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Transactional Replication and the Ballooning Log File

A drive on a mission-critical server is reaching capacity, and the new DBA is panicking. How do you approach a ballooning log file that won’t stop growing?  Read more...
By Matthew Pettit 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: replication
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SQL Server Analysis Services ProcessAdd for a Partition

Is there a way to process only the new data for a partition in SQL Server Analysis Services? Yes, this is accomplished in SQL Server Analysis Services with the ProcessAdd option for partitions. Daniel Calbimonte demonstrates how it works.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: ssas
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Stairway to XML: Level 1 - Introduction to XML

In this level, Rob Sheldon explains what XML is, and describes the components of an XML document, Elements and Attributes. He explains the basics of tags, entity references, enclosed text, comments and declarations  Read more...
By Rob Sheldon 2014/03/26 (first published: 2012/09/20) | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/26 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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The Endless Upgrade Cycle

Steve Jones notes that security can be a reason to upgrade your systems, but it can also result in an endless cycle.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/26 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Private Cloud, What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

Even when organisations cannot make full use of public cloud for reasons of security or bandwidth limitations, many of the advantages of flexibility and rapid deployment can be made by providing a private cloud. Jaap Wesselius wonders if private clouds provide a new paradigm for enterprises.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/26 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: cloud computing
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Inspiring Change

Day 2 at the PASS Summit provides some inspiration for Steve Jones at the Women in Technology luncheon.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: editorial
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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 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: except
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Demonstrating the Effects of Using Data Compression in SQL Server

How much space would compressing a particular index will save? How will this affect query performance? Derek Colley walks you through the effects of using data compression in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: data compression
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Is Unit Testing Important?

Testing our applications is important, but at what level do we need to test? Steve Jones talks about unit testing today, and wonders if this is prevalent for SQL Server developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Divide and Conquer

Schemas may be largely irrelevant to small databases, where it is no trouble to assign permissions to individual objects, but they are vital for a hard working corporate database that is being actively developed and used by several applications, with thousands of objects that must be assigned the correct permission.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Worst Day as a DBA Story Finalists

We asked DBAs to share their worst days. Some are funny, others tragic, many both. Here are the 5 finalists, vote for your favorite story to be THE worst day as a DBA.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: survey
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