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More SQL Server Features that Time Forgot

SQL Server produces some great features, but it would be impossible to get them spot-on target every time. We are now quietly advised to use caution about using some of them, such as AutoShrink or the Index Advisor. Others, like the database diagramming tool, almost seem to have been quietly abandoned. Robert Sheldon investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/21 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql server
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Automatic Plan Correction

SQL Server 2017 lets you solve parameter sniffing problems - Automatically!  Read more...
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We Really Need Better Security

Some disturbing security issues reported this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Bots

Bots might be the new way to access data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The real origins of the Agile Manifesto

Many people think the Agile Manifesto was born in in February 2001, when 17 people met at the Snowbird ski resort in Utah. But there’s a problem, a big problem - in fact, one about the size of the USA’s first ever jet fighter. In this blog post, Matt Hilbert looks back to 20th century aircraft design, and finds some very familiar ideas.  Read more...
By 2017/11/20 | Source: Redgate | Category: agile
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Importing Historical Stock Prices from Yahoo Finance into SQL Server

Rick Dobson demonstrate a clean end-to-end solution for importing historical stock ticker prices from Yahoo Finance into a SQL Server table using Python.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/20 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: python
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Auto Generate Your Database Documentation

Script provided to create missing extended properties allowing you to auto generate your database documentation.  Read more...
By Andy Jones 2017/11/17 (first published: 2016/02/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: extended property
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SOS

The new cross platform tool for SQL Server has a funny acronym.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Clone Quick Tip: Offloading DBCC checks

If corruption creeps into a database it can and will derail the best-laid disaster recovery plans. To be certain that a database is corruption-free, you need to run regular DBCC CHECKDB checks on that database. Unfortunately this is a resource-intensive task, but SQL Clone can help.  Read more...
By 2017/11/17 | Source: Redgate | Category: dbcc checkdb
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Questions About RDS SQL Server That You Were Too Shy to Ask

There are a number of different ways that you can host SQL Server. RDS SQL Server, for example, uses SQL Server within AWS as a simple database service, much like a more versatile alternative to MySQL. Obviously, it is a compromise, in that you lose many of the extras beyond the database. Laerte Junior answers those questions about RDS that people seem to assume you know the answers to, but which you may be too shy to ask.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: rds sql server
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Start Fixing Your DB with Better Code

The best way to improve your database performance is with better code. We all know that, but few of us actually end up making those changes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Exporting Custom Messages from Sys.Messages

Learn how to get your custom messages from an existing instance and add them to a new instance.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sys.messages
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Cleanly Uninstalling Stubborn SQL Server Components

There is a built-in command called msiexec which has an uninstall parameter (-x). This command can be used to remove stubborn programs through brute force. First, though, you need to get an inventory of the GUIDs that represent the programs you need to remove.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/16 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: uninstall
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Webinar: data protection & privacy in the world of DevOps

Microsoft MVP and PASS President Grant Fritchey dispels the myth that database DevOps and compliance can't go hand in hand. After a brief look at how extending DevOps to the database lays solid foundations for data governance and compliance, the focus will then shift to guidance around the upcoming GDPR. Register now.  Read more...
By 2017/11/16 | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Stairway to MDX - Level 2: The Ordinal Function

Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson introduces the MDX Ordinal Function, as a means for generating lists and for conditionally presenting calculations. He also demonstrates the use of the function in creating datasets to support report parameter picklists.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2017/11/15 (first published: 2011/02/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: mdx
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The SQL Server Crossword

Crossword puzzle focusing on SQL Servers  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2017/11/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer

This free eBook from Redgate Software will take you from the fundamentals of Statistics, Cost Estimation, Index Selection, and the Execution Engine, and guide you through the inner workings of the Query Optimization process, and throws in a pragmatic look at Parameterization and Hints along the way.  Read more...
By Press Release 2017/11/15 (first published: 2012/12/11) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: books
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Remembering passwords in SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare

The Redgate SQL Compare team have recently added a feature to automatically populate your SQL Server credentials when you’re using SQL Compare or SQL Data Compare - here are the details of the new feature.  Read more...
By 2017/11/15 | Source: Redgate | Category: sql compare
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Consuming hierarchical JSON documents in SQL Server using OpenJSON

Over the years, Phil was struck by the problems of reading and writing JSON documents with SQL Server, and wrote several articles on ways of overcoming these problems. Now that SQL Server 2016 onwards has good JSON support, he thought that the articles would be forgotten. Not so, they continue to be popular, so he felt obliged to write about how you can use SQL Server's JSON support to speed the process up.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/11/15 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: json
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Vagrant and SQL Server 2017 on Linux

Vagrant provides a mechanism to build and configure a virtual Linux box running SQL Server 2017  Read more...
By David Poole 2017/11/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: virtualization
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