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Level 3 - Building the Ideal VMware-based SQL Server Virtual Machine

In this level of the Stairway to SQL Server Virtualization David looks at the ideal virtual machine setup for a SQL Server instance on VMware.  Read more...
By David Klee 2016/12/23 (first published: 2015/05/20) | Source: | Category: virtualization
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This week Steve Jones is asking about the timeframe for you to get a new SQL Server instance? Is it substantial? Do you really know? Answer this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/23 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Managing Packages Using Windows PowerShell

Windows hasn't had a package manager in the style of the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) of Linux distributions. Apt-get is a great way of installing packages and other software. We have Chocolatey, of course which has a growing library of software and even allows you to automatically update software. Now PowerShell has an 'official' way of using any system, such as NuGet, Chocolatey, GitHub or PSget. It is definitely useful and likely to mature into an indispensable tool for Windows users. Nicolas explains wh.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Using Mod to Generate Work Shifts

A short story on using the mod function to a shifting query.  Read more...
By Joe McGovern 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: mod
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The Future of Auditing

Auditing is a weak point in SQL Server according to Steve Jones. He looks at a few of its flaws.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Capacity Planning Using Performance Data

Erin Stellato discusses the types of performance data needed to help with capacity planning.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/22 | Source: | Category: capacity planning
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Byte Me: Christmas Contingency

By Bob Lang 2016/12/21 | Source: | Category: byte me
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 6: Idempotent DDL scripts that always achieve the same result: Making changes only once

Idempotence is the property of certain operations in mathematics and computer science, that can be applied multiple times without changing the result beyond the first time they are run. When you are making changes to a database to deploy a new version, you need to be sure that certain changes aren’t made twice, or in the wrong order.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/21 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/21 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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What is Azure SQL Data Warehouse?

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a cloud-based, scale-out database capable of processing massive volumes of data, both relational and non-relational. Built on our massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, SQL Data Warehouse can handle your enterprise workload.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/21 | Source: Microsoft MSDN | Category: azure sql data warehouse
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Disconnecting SQL Server connections after query execution

One way to improve SQL Server performance is to use as few resources as possible. In this post Rahul Mehta demonstrates how you can do this by disconnecting queries post-execution with a simple change in SSMS.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/21 | Source: | Category: performance
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Test Coverage

We don't test software well enough. Obviously we don't write high enough quality software, but testing should catch more issues. Steve Jones talks about how you can perform better T-SQL testing.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/20 | Source: | Category: editorial
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CPU Spikes Caused by Periodic Scheduled Jobs

This article shows how to reduce the periodic spikes in the CPU that are caused by the periodic-executing jobs. There is a good reason to make some changes for dismissing them.  Read more...
By Igor Micev 2016/12/20 | Source: | Category: jobs configuration
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How to Fix Ten SSDT Deployment Snags, With or Without ReadyRoll

Even a database development framework like Sql Server Data Tools (SSDT) doesn't get it right all the time, and there are ten deployment 'gotchas' in particular that can cause some head-scratching amongst developers to get right. From his unique perspective of creating a tool to make such deployments in SSDT less stressful, Dan Nolan discusses each pitfall and how to avoid it, whether you have ReadyRoll or not.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/20 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: ssdt
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The Toolchain for the Job?

Phil Factor ponders the use of toolchains in automation, and wonders if there might not be a better way.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/19 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How to Capture Deleted Records

This article shows a few techniques that help in capturing deleted records.  Read more...
By Darko Martinovic 2016/12/19 | Source: | Category: t-sql
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Better Coding, More Savings

The way we write code impacts our users, but it can also impact our wallet, especially in cloud computing. Steve Jones wonders how many people bother to profile and test their code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/19 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Managing multiple database versions

Sometimes, it's necessary to have different versions of a database running in production. But how do you establish a single source of truth in source control? Alex Yates from DLM Consultants shows how to use object filters in SQL Compare to build multiple database versions from the same source.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/19 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql compare
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Which Indexes are not Used?

During the development cycle, indexes will be placed on SQL Server tables to speed up performance when searching for records. Lots of thought probably has gone into creating just the right mix of indexes based on how developers think customers will use the system. But how do you tell if all the indexes are being used once your database has been implemented into production?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2016/12/19 | Source: Database Journal | Category: indexes
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Managing Log Files Sizes the Easy Way

Learn an easy, rough, and ready way to manage log files in this piece.  Read more...
By Mark Roworth 2016/12/16 (first published: 2015/03/09) | Source: | Category: log files
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