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Data Mining Introduction

Many people that work for years with SQL Server never use the Data Mining. This article has the objective to introduce them to this magic and exciting new world.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2017/01/20 (first published: 2012/11/12) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: server
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Development Delusions: That it is Enough to Build a Better Mousetrap

You've written a superb, clever, application that you are trying to encourage your colleagues to use. They're not interested. Why? You've neglected the documentation. Surely, the saying goes 'Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door'? Nope, not without comprehensive and complete documentation and marketing, it won't. Documentation is the secret of ensuring that good software will succeed.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/20 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: development
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Legacy Limits

Sometimes the hardware or software we use prevents upgrades, which isn't necessarily good for any of us.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Keeping Fact Tables Online while Loading via Partition Switching

Provides overview of steps that can be used to keep fact tables online during loading process.  Read more...
By Shubhankar Thatte 2017/01/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server
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What's New in Reporting Services 2016 Service Pack 1

SQL Server 2016 was been released the first of June 2016, but at the recent Connect event Microsoft announced the first service pack. Aside from numerous fixes, this service pack also comes packed with some notable enhancements for Reporting Services. Koen Verbeeck gives you an overview of these enhancements.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/19 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: reporting services (ssrs)
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The (Former) Complexity of PowerShell

Steve Jones notes that PowerShell seems to becoming an easier to use language for SQL Server professionals.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free Webinar: An Introduction to DevOps

Despite its growing popularity, there is still some confusion over what DevOps actually means, how organizations should do it and what the best way is to get started. Redgate have invited James Betteley, Head of Education at the DevOpsGuys, to run through the basics in this free webinar. Register now.  Read more...
By 2017/01/19 | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Byte Me: Escalation Path

Rapid expansion can be unwelcome.  Read more...
By Bob Lang 2017/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Put your Database under Source Control

This article will walk you through a demostration on linking your DB to SubVersion with RedGate SQL Source Control.  Read more...
By Thomas Liddle 2017/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: db source control
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Five Useful SQL Server Management Practices

This article outlines five SQL Server capabilities you can use to enhance your efficiency as a DBA.  Read more...
By Kenneth Igiri 2017/01/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: security
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SQL Server v.Next : STRING_AGG() performance

Aaron Bertrand takes an initial look at the performance of a new function, STRING_AGG, in SQL Server v.Next CTP 1.1.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/18 | Source: SQLPerformance.com | Category: sql server v.next
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Delaying Patches is Problematic

Many of our security issues come down to not patching software when there are updates available.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using SQL Server and R Services for analyzing Sales data (Part 3)

Using R integration for analyzing sales data in WideWorldImporters database  Read more...
By Tomaž Kaštrun 2017/01/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: r services
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SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines - Performance Optimizations

When deploying SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine, you can take advantage of several Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features that enhance performance of the SQL Server database engine. This article explores a couple of these enhancements, with a particular focus on increased I/O throughput facilitated by the Solid State Drive (SSD) storage available on most Azure virtual machines (VMs).  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/17 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure vm
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Writing the Correct Query is Important

Making simple mistakes in queries can have far reaching consequences.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Possible Alternative to SQL UNPIVOT

Understand how to use the SQL UNPIVOT statement and then an equivalent using XML and XPath Querying in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Paul Milligan 2017/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: pivot
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The Development Lab

This week Steve Jones looks at hardware and the ways in which you might assemble a set of computers for building software.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using Power BI Desktop to Visualize SQL Server Metadata

You can easily use PowerBI Desktop to show graphically how your database is growing, which tables are taking the most space, how various parts of SQL Server is consuming memory, its use of indexes and so on. Sure, you can create graphs in SSMS, but with PowerBI, you can create reports that you can then publish to others, and which allow drill-down. It is a great way to get familiar with PowerBI Desktop as well. Rob Sheldon shows how simple it is to do.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: power bi desktop
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Free Webinar – Database DevOps Demo

Learn how to extend DevOps practices to SQL Server databases in our free demo webinar on January 17th. Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Steve Jones will demonstrate how Redgate’s database automation tools plug into Git, Jenkins & Octopus Deploy. Learn how to branch and merge with SQL Source Control then automate the build and deployment of changes with DLM Automation. Register now.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2017/01/16 (first published: 2017/01/11) | Source: Redgate | Category: webinar
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Scrubbing Personally Identifiable Information

Managing personally identifiable information when moving databases to unsecure environment can be challenging. With this flexible and extendable solution for scrubbing it, you can save yourself some time and effort.  Read more...
By Daniel Brown 2017/01/13 (first published: 2015/01/06) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: restore
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