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Right-sizing for a cloud service

When it’s time to purchase new resources for one or more applications, the non-scientific approach of guesstimating the requirements can be expensive, whether for on-premises capital expenditures or cloud-based services.  Read more...
By 2018/02/16 | Source: Redgate | Category: cloud
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Azure DWH part 26: Creating your ASDW in Cloud Shell using PowerShell

In this article, we will show how to create an ASDW in PowerShell using the Cloud Shell.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2018/02/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: powershell
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How to Test SQL Server Functions and Procedures using SQL Prompt

When writing functions or procedures, a common chore is to devise and implement the tests that ensure that the routine always works as expected.  Read more...
By 2018/02/15 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Muddle Through

Perseverance and continued effort, even when you lack knowledge or skill is extremely valuable for a technology professional.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/02/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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When Does Index Size Change Index Choice?

Erik purposely fragments indexes trying to slow down queries.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/02/15 | Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited Blog | Category: indexes
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Calculating DTU's for Azure SQL Database

This calculator will help you determine the number of DTUs for your existing SQL Server database(s) as well as a recommendation of the minimum performance level and service tier that you need before you migrate to Azure SQL Database.  Read more...
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Valentines Day for Data Professionals

Today Steve Jones asks about how your relationship is at work.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/02/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP

In this free eBook, Kalen Delaney explains how Microsoft's 2016 In-memory OLTP engine works. In her book, learn how to use lock- and latch-free data structures to allow non-blocking data processing, and find out how to migrate existing tables to Hekaton.  Read more...
By Press Release 2018/02/14 (first published: 2015/05/13) | Source: Redgate | Category: ebook
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SQL Server Machine Learning Services – Part 4: Finding Data Anomalies with Python

Python is widely used to analyze data. One such use is to find anomalies or outliers. In this article, Robert Sheldon demonstrates how to create a support vector machine (SVM) to score test data so that outliers can be viewed on a scatter plot.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/02/14 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: python
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Restore a Database with CDC Enabled

In this post, I’m going to talk about an issue that I found while restoring a backup of CDC enabled database to different SQL instance. You may receive below warning message that includes information about the cause of the warning, which can help you to resolve the issue.  Read more...
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Cloud Safe

DR should always be on our mind, especially in the cloud.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/02/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Updating an expired SQL Server TDE certificate

Simon Liew explains how to generate a new TDE certificate to replace the previous, and also looks at the steps needed if the database is in an Availability Group.  Read more...
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How to monitor the impact of patching on SQL Server performance

In this article, Redgate use the Spectre/Meltdown bugs as means to demonstrate how you can use a tool like SQL Monitor to assess the impact of patching on your SQL Server estate.  Read more...
By 2018/02/13 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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A Simple Introduction to Dynamic SQL

Dynamic SQL is essentially normal SQL written in such a way that you end up with a “customised” SQL script at run-time.  Read more...
By Paulo de Jesus 2018/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dynamic sql
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Production Scripts

Many of us have scripts that we run in SQL Agent jobs, but Steve wonders if we really treat them like production code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Database Taming

Sometimes a database can seem to be as willful as a colt. Taming it requires an iron nerve, and unflinching eye contact. Occasionally though, you need to know when to jump the fence and regroup.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2018/02/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to Implement Dynamic Data Masking in Azure SQL Database and SQL Server

Anoop Kumar shows you the SQL Commands (T-SQL) to secure PII/PHI data using the SQL Server Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature and explores DDM's built in functions to mask all critical data elements. DDM restricts unauthorized users from accessing critical data with no changes in the application.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/02/12 | Source: Database Journal | Category: dynamic data masking
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Baselining a ReadyRoll project from an existing database

When creating a new ReadyRoll project, the schema of your production environment can also be imported as a baseline. Further work can be built on top of the baseline in a sandbox development environment and, when you’re happy with the changes, the project can be deployed to production.  Read more...
By 2018/02/12 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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The COUNT Function in T-SQL

The COUNT function is among the most used functions in the T-SQL codes. Even though COUNT is easy to use, it should be used carefully because it could often not return the desired result. For the big tables, the counting of the rows could cause blocking as well as take some more time.  Read more...
By Igor Micev 2018/02/09 (first published: 2016/07/12) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: t-sql
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What to Read in 2018

Steve loves to read all sorts of books and is asking what books you'd read professionally or for fun in 2018.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/02/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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