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New IT Departments

The more IT departments change, the more they stay the same.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cancelling DBCC SHRINKFILE with EMPTYFILE

A fun experiment using DBCC SHRINKFILE to rebalance data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dbcc shrinkfile
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How to Programmatically Identify When Your SQL Server Was Last Started

Greg Larsen shows you a quick trick to programmatically script a way to identify when SQL Server was last started.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/04/23 | Source: Database Journal | Category: administration
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Spring into the Latest Features at the Luxemborg User Group

The next meeting of the Luxemborg SQL Server User Group has some great sessions planned.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: user groups
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By Kathi Kellenberger 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Custom Metrics for Detecting Problems with Ad-hoc Queries

A common SQL Server crime is the unnecessary overuse of ad-hoc queries by applications. In this article, Phil Factor shares some custom queries for monitoring problems that can be caused by this.  Read more...
By 2018/04/23 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: monitoring
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Keep It All

We could use more intelligence in our backup systems, since we don't need to keep all those files.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Making Deployments Simpler with Re-runnable Scripts

Make sure your SQL Server database release scripts to make life easier.  Read more...
By Ed Elliott 2018/04/20 (first published: 2015/11/17) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: releases
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How to Show the Execution Plan of a Running Query

By looking at a query execution plan, you can determine which steps are used to resolve the query. But what if you just want to find out what the query plans are for only the queries that are currently running?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/04/20 | Source: Database Journal | Category: execution plans
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The Right Connection

Making a connection to the wrong database had disastrous results for Travis-CI.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Do you check your backups?

Backups. Are you confident you can restore? Do you have a process that ensures you can recover your systems? Learn how one system works in the cloud.  Read more...
By Michael Higgins 2018/04/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: backup
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SQL Server Graph Databases – Part 2: Querying Data in a Graph Database

Along with Graph Databases, Microsoft has introduced the new MATCH function for querying them. Robert Sheldon explains how to use the new function.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/04/19 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: sql server graph database
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5 challenges to scaling DevOps at enterprise level

Many large enterprises launch small DevOps initiatives within certain departments, but subsequently find that scaling DevOps across the organization faces a number of challenges that must be overcome.  Read more...
By 2018/04/19 | Source: Redgate | Category: devops
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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 2018/04/18 (first published: 2015/11/04) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: SQL Server Execution Plans, Second Edition

Every day, out in the various online forums devoted to SQL Server, and on Twitter, the same types of questions come up repeatedly: Why is this query running slowly? Why is SQL Server ignoring my index? Why does this query run quickly sometimes and slowly at others? My response is the same in each case: have you looked at the execution plan?  Read more...
By Press Release 2018/04/18 (first published: 2013/07/30) | Source: Redgate | Category: execution plans
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Why sp_prepare Isn’t as “Good” as sp_executesql for Performance

Erik Darling shows how execution plan estimates suffer.  Read more...
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Good Security Needs Layers

A good security system needs layers since our applications and platforms don't exist in a vacuum.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Fixing system database corruption with setup.exe

Corruption of the system databases is a serious matter. Setup.exe is a brute force method of replacing them.  Read more...
By Kenneth Fisher 2018/04/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database corruption
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Machine Learning Challenges

Machine Learning is an exciting branch of computer science, but it doesn't solve all our problems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Recover Data in SQL Server AWS RDS with the Help of BACPAC

With Amazon RDS, it’s easy to have a SQL Server running in minutes. There are some limitations, though. Seth Delconte explains a workaround to overcome one of the limitations: the inability to restore a second copy of a database to recover missing data.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/04/17 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: aws
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