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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events Level 2: Creating Basic Event Sessions in the UI

In this Level, we'll walk through the basics of using the New Session dialog in the UI to create a new event session, define its events, actions and predicates, and establish a target for the session in which to collect the event data.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2016/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 2: Writing Subqueries

In this level of the Beyond the T-SQL Basics stairway, we will be discussing the different aspects of a subquery.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2016/01/01 (first published: 2014/01/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events Level 1: From SQL Trace to Extended Events

Over the course of this stairway series, we're going to explore in detail the use of Extended Events as a diagnostic data collection tool, to track down causes of poor performance in SQL Server. This first level will start from a point known and familiar to many DBAs, namely the use of SQL Trace to track down and investigate long-running queries.  Read more...
By Erin Stellato 2015/12/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL PowerShell Level 11: SQL Server Maintenance Using SQL PowerShell

This level will demonstrate simple techniques to perform a few important SQL Server maintenance tasks using PowerShell. We'll barely scratch the surface of what's possible but I hope it will whet your appetite.  Read more...
By Ben Miller 2015/12/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL PowerShell Level 10: Getting data in and out of SQL Server using SQL Server PowerShell

In this level we will look at ways of getting data into and out of SQL Server. We will specifically look at the Database object and a cmdlet Invoke-Sqlcmd or Invoke-SqlCmd2. To get data in, we are going to leverage a PowerShell script that uses SMO to put data into a predefined table in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Ben Miller 2015/12/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Extended Events

Erin Stellato, a Principal Consultant with SQLskills.com, explores the use of Extended Events as a diagnostic data collection tool or SQL Server. She describes how to define efficient low-overhead event sessions that exploit fully the vast number of events, as well as the powerful filtering and data collection options, offered by this new event collection infrastructure. She also demonstrates simple techniques to analyze event data and identify and troubleshoot the causes of poor SQL Server performance, such as long-running queries that consume vast amounts of CPU and I/O resources. It is time to embrace Extended Events and understand all that it has to offer, and Erin's stairway is the perfect place to start.  Read more...

Stairway to SQLCLR Level 1: What is SQLCLR?

The first step to using the SQLCLR begins with this overview of what is possible and what is not. Start your journey to decide if this is a tool you can use inside your SQL Server instance.  Read more...
By Solomon Rutzky 2015/11/27 (first published: 2014/01/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 9: Compare, Modify, Derive and Validate Date and Time Values

When you build applications that store data in SQL Server you will most likely have to store dates and times, and you’ll call functions to do date manipulations. It is important to understand the different date and time data types, and when to use one data type over another. In this level I will be exploring the different date and time data types and discussing when each type is appropriate.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2015/11/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to T-SQL: Beyond The Basics Level 1: The TOP Clause

The first topic in this stairway will be discussing the TOP clause. The TOP clause allows you to control the number of rows to be returned or affected by a query.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2015/11/20 (first published: 2014/01/15) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Biml Level 2: Biml Basics

The next step in the stairway to Biml teaches you how to build a basic SSIS package using the scripting language.  Read more...
By Andy Leonard 2015/11/13 (first published: 2013/07/31) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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An Overview of SSIS Variables – Step 13 of the Stairway to Integration Services

In this level of the Integration Services Stairway article, Andy Leonard examines SSIS variables.  Read more...
By Andy Leonard 2015/11/06 (first published: 2013/06/19) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integration services (ssis)
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Stairway to Columnstore Indexes Level 5: Adding New Data To Columnstore Indexes

Earlier levels have shown how Columnstore Indexes work effectively with static data. In most tables however, data is hardly ever static. We are constantly inserting new rows, and updating or deleting existing rows. If you think about what this means for a columnstore index, you will realize that this comes with some unique challenges.  Read more...
By Hugo Kornelis 2015/11/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 8: Functions to Generate Date and Time values

When you build applications that store records in SQL Server you will most likely have to store date and time values as part of the data. To manage all the different date related tasks you might need to perform Microsoft has introduced a number of date functions. In this stairway I will be exploring those date and time functions.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2015/10/21 | Category: stairway series
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Level 4 - Building the Hyper-V VM

In this level of the Stairway to Server Virtualization, learn how to build a Hyper-V virtual machine for SQL Server.  Read more...
By David Klee 2015/10/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: virtualization
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Stairway to MDX - Level 15: Basic Set Functions: The Tail() Function

Return, in order, a specified number of elements from the end of a set. SSAS Maestro, SQL Server MVP and Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson introduces the MDX Tail() function.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2015/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to SQL Server Security Level 11: Auditing

By defining server- and database-level audits, you can record just about any kind of event that occurs in SQL Server, which can be an invaluable source of security troubleshooting and forensic information when security breaches occur. In this stairway level you’ll learn how to define the various audit specification objects, how to capture audit data, and how to explore and use the data.  Read more...
By Don Kiely 2015/09/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to MDX - Level 14: Basic Set Functions: The Head() Function

SSAS Maestro, SQL Server MVP and Business Intelligence Architect Bill Pearson introduces the MDX Head() function, which allows us to return, in order, a specified number of elements within a set.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2015/09/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Advanced T-SQL Level 7: Ordering Your Data Using Ranking Functions

In SQL Server there are 4 different ranking functions: RANK, DENSE_RANK, NTILE, and ROW_NUMBER. These ranking functions were introduced in SQL Server 2005. In this stairway level I will be reviewing each of these different ranking functions, and will show you how to use them by providing a few examples.  Read more...
By Gregory Larsen 2015/09/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to MDX - Level 13: MDX Time/Date Series Functions: LastPeriods() and ParallelPeriod() Functions

BI Architect Bill Pearson continues with the third of a subseries surrounding a group of MDX functions we can use to support analysis and reporting in a time / date context. In this Level, we will explore the LastPeriods() and ParallelPeriod() functions, and get hands-on practice with each in meeting sample business requirements.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2015/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Biml Level 3: Building an Incremental Load Package

The Stairway to BIML continues, with a lesson on how you might build a more complex package: an incremental load package.  Read more...
By Andy Leonard 2015/08/12 (first published: 2013/08/07) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: biml
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