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SQL Monitor Custom Metric: Plan Cache; Cache Pages Total

This metric collects the number of 8-kilobyte pages that make up the plan cache to help identify memory pressure or plan cache pollution. A sudden drop in values for this metric may indicate that the instance is under memory pressure and SQL Server had to reclaim part of the plan cache for other use.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/05/06 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql monitor
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Generating A Password in SQL Server with T-SQL from Random Characters

Dallas Snider explains how to use T-SQL to generate a random password that meets an organization's password requirements.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/05/06 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: password
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Can Auditing Fail?

It doesn't seem to be a feature that an auditing system can fail, but the application being audited continues to run.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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DDL Auditing using the Default trace

This article explains how default trace can be used for auditing purposes when combined with PowerShell scripts  Read more...
By Nagaraj Venkatesan 2015/05/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: audit
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Time Slots - An Essential Extension to Calendar Tables

After answering many forum entries from developers asking for help with dealing with SQL that involved time intervals and ranges, Dwain dreamed of a generalized tool that sets up time slots of various sorts without the need to experiment; that could do the heavy lifting, so that developers could do aggregations and reports based on time intervals without the hard graft. Here is Dwain's dream made reality.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/05/05 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: calendar table
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How do you work with databases?

How do you use SQL Server, and how do you expect this to change next year? Fill in Redgate's survey by May 15 and enter a prize draw to win one of 4 $50 Amazon vouchers.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/05/12 (first published: 2015/05/05) | Source: Redgate | Category: survey
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How to FTP a Dynamically Named Flat File

Learn how you can dynamically name a file in SSIS and then send it using the FTP task.  Read more...
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MongoDB vs. Azure DocumentDB

There’s a new kid on the block in the NoSQL world – Azure DocumentDB. Released in preview back in August 2014 and going Generally Available this month, Azure DocumentDB is Microsoft’s initial foray into the increasingly competitive space of non-relational database management systems. Of course there is no better competitor in this space to measure up against than MongoDB. How close does DocumentDB stack up to MongoDB? Are they even close?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/05/04 | Source: Just Azure | Category: nosql
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Complete Definitions

When we write scripts, we often assume many settings will be at some default value. When we generate scripts, that's not the case. Perhaps we should be sure that we always include the settings we expect.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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BUILDing the Future

Steve Jones talks about the BUILD conference and the future.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The new Analytic functions in SQL Server 2012

SQL Server expert Wayne Sheffield looks into the new T-SQL analytic functions coming in SQL Server 2012.  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2015/05/01 (first published: 2012/01/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server 2012
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Finding Problem Code

This week Steve Jones has a poll on performance tuning code. Since many people aren't experts, the answers this week might help them learn where to focus their efforts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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CONCAT and STUFF Functions in SQL Server 2012

The difference between the CONCAT function and the STUFF function lies in the fact that CONCAT allows you to append a string value at the end of another string value whereas STUFF allows you insert or replace a string value into or in between another string value. Read on to learn more about these functions and their real life usage.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/05/01 | Source: Database Journal | Category: concat
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Automated database deployment workshops

Redgate is offering a 1-day public workshop for anyone who’s interested in automated deployments for SQL Server databases. In the hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to deploy with PowerShell and Octopus Deploy, work with NuGet packages, handle unexpected changes in your production database (database drift), test your changes with dry run releases, add review and rollback steps, check your deployments have worked, and how to fix things if your deployment fails. Find a workshop near you.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/05/01 | Source: Redgate | Category: events
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SQLServerCentral Runs sp_Blitz - The Future

After examining the SQLServerCentral servers using the sp_Blitz™ script, Steve Jones now looks at how we will use the script moving forward.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Is It Time to Upgrade?

Today Steve Jones looks at the reasons for upgrading, or not, from SQL Server 2005.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Microservices in Promise and Practice

Are microservices the cure for the ague of monolithic applications, or do they bring their own problems with them that monolithic architectures have circumvented? Are they capable of delivering applications that are easier to maintain and develop? How can they avoid the failings of service-oriented architectures? Once more, Robert Sheldon gets to the heart of the technical issues.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/04/30 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: microservices
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Byte Me: Slave Drive

Technical lead.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2015/04/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: byte me
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Stairway To Columnstore Indexes Level 2: Columnstore Storage

To fully appreciate just how different columnstore indexes are, and why work so well in reporting and online analytical processing (OLAP) workloads, but not for online transaction processing (OLTP), we must first look at the traditional “rowstore” indexes.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2015/04/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Automated database deployment workshop: London, UK

Join Redgate on May 20th for a 1-day public workshop in London. This event is for anyone who’s interested in automated deployments for SQL Server databases. You'll learn how to: Deploy databases using Redgate's DLM tools; Assess the different requirements of production and non-production deployments, and; Handle database administration tasks, such as backups and security, for automated deployment. Register while space is available.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/04/29 | Source: Redgate | Category: events
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