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Stairway to DAX and Power BI - Level 7: Function / Iterator Function Pairs: The DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() Functions

Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson explores the DAX AVERAGE() and AVERAGEX() functions, comparing and contrasting the two. He then provides some hands-on exposure to the use of each, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in generating arithmetic means within our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/05/03 (first published: 2014/09/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Build Dynamic Backup Locations with Minion Backup

See how Minionware Backup gives you the ability to customize backup files and locations.  Read more...
By Sean McCown 2017/05/03 | Source: Minionware | Category: minionware
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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 2017/05/03 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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Why is my clone so small?

Using very few megabytes and taking very little time, SQL Clone can quickly creates multiple copies of very large databases. How? It might sound like magic, but it's not; in this blog post Redgate developer Chris Hurley goes into the details of how the technology works.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/03 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql clone
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OUTPUT Clause Basics (For Inserts and Deletes)

When INSERTING or DELETING rows from a table, the OUTPUT clause can be used to return a dataset containing the changes made. Mat Richardson explains how.  Read more...
By Mat Richardson 2017/05/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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How to implement a T-SQL code formatting standard using SQL Prompt

Louis Davidson shows how to save a defined SQL formatting style as a shareable template that you can quickly share with your coworkers.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/02 | Source: Redgate | Category: formatting
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The Secret Password

The secret passwords we store in systems might be secure from discovery, but are they secure from use?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/05/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Azure Load Balancers and SQL Server

Load balancing in Azure has more importance for the DBA, because it is essential for Windows Server Failover Clustering in Azure, whether it is for AlwaysOn Availaiblity Groups, Failover Clustered Instances, or any other highly-available solution. Azure load balancing works out the location of the availability group, and routes traffic there. The load balancer detects a failure, and routes traffic to the new primary replica. Joshua Feierman gives an overview of what is required.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/02 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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More Open Data

A new site from Steve Ballmer opens lots of data to the public.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Unit Testing in Visual Studio

Unit test stored procedures in Visual Studio using an existing database or new SQL scripts  Read more...
By David Fundakowski 2017/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: unit testing
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Introducing a DevOps Workgroup to Farm Credit Services of America

If you are introducing DevOps workflows into a large organization, you’ll need to plan carefully and prioritize tasks, adapt, maintain a thick skin, communicate constantly, and ensure that all teams have a chance to contribute their solutions. Bob Walker explains how FCSA set up a DevOps Workgroup, its philosophy and its goals for improving database and application deployment processes.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/01 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: devops
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What the heck is a DTU?

Andy Mallon explains DTUs (Database Transaction Units) and the differences you might see between the documentation and practical usage.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/05/01 | Source: SQLPerformance.com
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Display SSIS package version on the Control Flow design surface

In this article I will show a simple trick to display version information on the Control Flow surface, so we immediately see which version and build we are modifying.  Read more...
By Herman van Midden 2017/04/28 (first published: 2015/08/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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SQL Clone Trivia Quiz - win a $10 gift card every weekday in April

To celebrate the recent launch of their new database provision tool, Redgate are giving you the chance to win a $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card every weekday this month. To enter the prize draw, just answer the daily SQL Clone trivia question on the right-hand side of the homepage.  Read more...
By 2017/04/28 (first published: 2017/04/04) | Source: Redgate | Category: competition
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Starting to Use SQL Server 2017

Today Steve Jones looks forward to the next version of SQL Server, with his curiosity to see if you feel the same way.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/04/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 3

Microsoft introduced Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service that can scale according to organizational demands in just few minutes. In this article, Arshad Ali discusses the different types of tables you can create in SQL Data Warehouse, how they impact performance and the best practices around them.  Read more...
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SQL Server on Linux is Just SQL Server

Steve Jones looks at SQL Server on Linux and how this may differ from what most of us have worked with in the past.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/04/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Clone Trivia Quiz - win a $10 gift card every weekday in April

To celebrate the recent launch of their new database provision tool, Redgate are giving you the chance to win a $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card every weekday this month. To enter the prize draw, just answer the daily SQL Clone trivia question on the right-hand side of the homepage.  Read more...
By 2017/04/28 (first published: 2017/04/04) | Source: Redgate | Category: competition
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Performance Tuning Using Extended Events: Part 2

Part 2 of identifying performance puning opportunities using Extended Events. Learn how about shredding XML.  Read more...
By Brian Davey 2017/04/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: extended events
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