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Reaping the benefits of the Window functions in T-SQL

Exploring the potential benefits of the T-SQL Window functions (OVER, LAG, and LEAD) in this piece. You can learn how to achieve up to 50% performance boost by replacing a single function call.   Read more...
By Eirikur Eiriksson 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: sql server 2012
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Automating the Retrieval of SQL Backups from Windows Azure BLOB Storage

If your database server is in Azure, then it makes sense to do backups into Azure too. SQL Server 2014 supports backups to the cloud, and particularly well with Managed Backup. Once your backups are safely in an Azure BLOB, then what? Mike Wood takes up the story.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: windows azure
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Automate Sliding Window Partition Maintenance: Part III

Part 3 of Hugh Scott's series on automating sliding window partitions in SQL Server using PowerShell  Read more...
By Hugh Scott 2014/03/21 (first published: 2010/12/28) | Source: | Category: partitioning
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On Handling Dates in SQL

The handling of dates in TSQL is complex - when SQL Server was Sybase, it was forced by the lack of prevailing standards in SQL to create its own ways of processing and formatting dates and times. Joe Celko looks forward to a future when it is possible to write standard SQL date-processing code with SQL Server.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: dates and conversion
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Bad Days

This Friday Steve Jones wants you to look back and cringe a bit. Share with the rest of the community what a bad day was for you and see if it was really as bad as you think.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/21 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Grant EXEC on all Stored Procedures to a Role

Easily grant exec permission to all stored procedures to a database role in SQL 2005 or higher.  Read more...
By Peter Schott 2014/03/20 | Source: | Category: permissions
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The PoSh DBA – Specifying and Gathering Performance Counters

If you need to keep tabs on a number of servers and applications in a Windows domain then performance counters provide the bedrock of information. It is important to identify the counters you need and gather baseline data to allow you to create alerts when abnormal conditions occur.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/20 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Privacy and Data

Much of the data collected by companies is being sold for profit. This data isn't treated well and while not much may change, perhaps we should be aware of how we handle data as professionals.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/20 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Byte Me: Vendor Problems

Pick your poison. 
By Bob Lang 2014/03/19 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 4: Using Views to Simplify Your Query

This level discusses how to use a database VIEW to simplify your Transact-SQL(T-SQL) code. By understanding how to use a VIEW you will be able to better support writing T-SQL code to meet complex business requirements. In this article I will be discussing what a database VIEW is and then providing a number of examples to help you understand how you can use a VIEW to implement different coding scenarios.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2014/03/19 | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturing

, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group, announced that SQL Server 2014, the foundation of Microsoft’s cloud-first data platform, is released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/19 | Source: TechNet Blogs | Category: sql server 2014
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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 2014/03/19 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Review Your BUCKET_COUNT Statistics with DMV

Greg Larsen discusses the BUCKET_COUNT setting of a HASH index and how to determine how well SQL Server distributes the In-Memory table rows across multiple buckets of a HASH index, by exploring a new DMV, provided with SQL Server 2014, along with the In-Memory OLTP table functionality.  Read more...
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Creating a Date Range from Multiple Rows Based on a Single Date

When you've got only a single effective date on a record and you need to artificially create the effective end date based on a following row in T-SQL, the techniques discussed in this article will help you decide what is best.  Read more...
By Dwain Camps 2014/03/18 | Source: | Category: t-sql
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SQL Server Luxembourg: Natural Born Killers

The SQL Server Luxembourg user group will be meeting on March 26. This is a free event for all registered attendees, and will feature Richard Douglas and Tom Van Zele as speakers.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/18 | Source: | Category: events
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The Worst Code

What's the worst code you've seen? Steve Jones hopes it isn't your own code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/18 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Paul Randal: Geek of the Week

Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp, together with their small team of experts at, dominate the high-end training and consultancy for SQL Server. We sent Richard Morris to find out a bit more about Paul, his views about SQL Server, his lifestyle, ambitions and plans.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/18 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: interview
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Having fun with PARSENAME (SQL Spackle)

PARSENAME is perhaps the most infrequently used built-in documented function in SQL Server. SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master Wayne Sheffield shows why this nifty function ought to be included in your SQL toolbox.  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2014/03/17 | Source: | Category: parsename
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Windows Azure SQL Database - Uploading Data by Using the bcp Utility

Instead of using a custom SSIS-based project to upload content from an on-premise SQL Server database to Azure PaaS-based SQL Database, Marcin Policht presents an alternative approach. Using the bcp utility not only eliminates the need for any custom development, but also rivals SSIS in terms of its data transfer efficiency.  Read more...
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How Many Passwords?

How many passwords do you have? Steve Jones has a lot and while he notes there are some new ways for us to authorize ourselves for servers, they aren't necessarily making things more secure or less complex.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/17 | Source: | Category: editorial
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