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Stairway to SQL Server Virtualization Level 1: What is Virtualization?

The first level in the Stairway to Virtualization introduces the concept of virtualized servers as well as the terminology and benefits of implementing the technology.  Read more...
By David Klee 2016/07/04 (first published: 2014/08/06) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Difference between SQL Server Unique Indexes and Unique Constraints

Uniqueness of values in specific columns can be enforced in a SQL Server table by creating a unique constraint or a unique index on those columns. In this article, Sergey Gigoyan looks at what the differences between the two are, and how SQL Server handles them both.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/04 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: unique index
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Independence Day II

It's a holiday in the US and Steve Jones wishes everyone a good day.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Growing Artificial Intelligence

This week Steve Jones discusses artificial intelligence and one of the building blocks that will be needed: data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/07/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SSIS Design Pattern - Staging Delimited Flat Files

Learn how to use SSIS to load Delimited Flat Files to staging tables.  Read more...
By Samuel Vanga 2016/07/01 (first published: 2015/04/20) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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The cmdlets Are Coming! The cmdlets Are Coming!

A number of new SQL Server PowerShell cmdlets have been released and the Microsoft is asking for feedback on what else you'd like to see.  Read more...
By Aaron Nelson 2016/07/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: powershell
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An example of how networking netted a new job

Today we have a guest editorial as Steve is away on vacation. You often hear about how important it is to network. This is a story of how my network helped me get a new job.  Read more...
By Ben Kubicek 2016/07/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Mutating Table Error In Oracle: Why It Happens And What You Can Do About It

David Fitzjarrell takes a look at why the mutating table error is thrown, why it's not going to create data problems, and how to possibly fix it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/07/01 | Source: Database Journal | Category: oracle
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Execute a data-driven SSRS subscription from SSIS to archive a report

This article demonstrates how to generate and save an SSRS report to a network folder when an SSIS package is executed.  Read more...
By Stan Kulp 2016/06/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: ssis
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Using SSIS to Load Data Into Azure SQL Data Warehouse

It is a good time to get familiar with Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The first objective must be to get data into it. SSIS is a good way to start, and it’s certainly worth gaining confidence with the ETL processes supported by SSIS before setting off in other directions. Rob Sheldon provides a simple guide to getting up and running.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/30 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssis
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Monitoring and Alerting

Knowing what is happening on your systems, and being told when a system is not behaving normally is very important for administrators. Steve Jones has a few thoughts on monitoring today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Dynamic Data Masking Level 4: Permissions and Security

Learn about the permissions associated with Dynamic Data Masking as well as some of the security implications of using this feature.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dynamic data masking
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Email or Username

One of the things that can be an issue in database design is the data used to identify a user.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: SQL Server Execution Plans, Second Edition

Every day, out in the various online forums devoted to SQL Server, and on Twitter, the same types of questions come up repeatedly: Why is this query running slowly? Why is SQL Server ignoring my index? Why does this query run quickly sometimes and slowly at others? My response is the same in each case: have you looked at the execution plan?  Read more...
By Press Release 2016/06/29 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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PowerShell Interview Questions for SQL Server DBAs

With PowerShell playing a more important role in administration of various types of servers, more SQL Server DBA candidates should have PowerShell knowledge and skills. In this article, Jeffrey Yao lists some common SQL Server DBA tasks that may be completed easier with PS than T-SQL.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/29 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: powershell
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Democratic Data Science

Data science is hot now, but work is being done to use the power of software to handle some of the grunt work with data analysis problems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/06/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Bleeding Edge Versus N Minus One

Risk-averse managers are reticent to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Why is this the case and how can the savvy DBA make the case for and get ready for a newer version of SQL Server?  Read more...
By John F. Tamburo 2016/06/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: risk management
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SQL Server Sargability - Queries on an Indexed Table Sometimes have Slow Performance

The solution here was to slightly modify the slow queries, so the index could be fully used. We made the queries Search Argumentable, or "SARGABLE."  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/06/28 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: indexing
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Could you help with some research for Redgate's website?

Allison, one of Redgate’s designers, is working to make their website easier to use. Could you spare five minutes to help her out? All you need to do is fill in this quick survey, and as a thank you, you’ll also be entered into a draw for an Amazon voucher worth $50.  Read more...
By 2016/06/28 | Source: Redgate | Category: survey
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Configuring geo-replication for an Azure SQL Database

This article will discuss geo-replication for an Azure SQL Database (PaaS) and the steps required for setup via the Azure portal and TSQL.  Read more...
By Arun Sirpal 2016/06/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: geo-replication
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