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PowerShell Day-to-Day Admin Tasks: Monitoring Performance

By reading performance counters from services such as SQL Server or Exchange, you can get a wealth of performance information. By automating the process of gathering and storing appropriate counters, you can routinely check a range of devices quickly using visual tools such as PerfMon. By then creating your own counters, you can add counter-based metrics to anything that can be measured programmatically, such as services, applications, processes such as ETL, or deployments. Nicolas Prigent shows you how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/07/16 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: powershell
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Continuous Delivery In Real Life

Everyone wants to know who is actually using Continuous Deliver for their software. Today Steve Jones has a prominent example.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/16 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Jump In

Steve Jones encourages you to help others and share your knowledge.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/15 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Database Source Control Level 1: Setting Up For Database Source Control

The first level of this stairway introduces the basics of source control, some common technologies and technologies, and demonstrates how to start versioning a SQL Server database.  Read more...
By Dave Green 2015/07/15 (first published: 2014/04/23) | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Use Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1

SQL Server 2016 introduces a new security feature called Dynamic Data Masking (DDM). This tip describes its purpose, shows a brief example of how it works, lists some limitations, and notes how the feature has already changed since CTP 2.0 was first released in May.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/07/15 | Source: | Category: dynamic data masking
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MS15-058: Vulnerabilities in SQL Server could allow remote code execution

A vulnerability has been released that can affect SQL Server 2008, 208 R2, 2012, and 2014.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/07/15 | Source: | Category: security
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Free eBook: Understanding SQL Server Concurrency

When you can’t get to your data because another application has it locked, a thorough knowledge of SQL Server concurrency will give you the confidence to decide what to do.  Read more...
By Press Release 2015/07/15 (first published: 2013/07/17) | Source: Redgate | Category: concurrency
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SQL for 8-year-old Math…But Be Careful of Implicit Type Conversion

How we can use SQL to solve a math problem published in The Guardian...but with a caution about implicit type conversion.  Read more...
By David Rueter 2015/07/14 | Source: | Category: math
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Data or Experience

Is it more imortant to use the data or your experience? Does one have more weight than the other?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/14 | Source: | Category: editorial
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How to Get NULLs Horribly Wrong in SQL Server

NULLs in SQL are a mixed blessing. The Three-Valued Logic of SQL has its uses but can cause difficulties to anyone who assumes that NULL has a 'value'. It can make reports go horribly wrong in a number of alarming ways, as Robert Sheldon explains.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/07/14 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Automating SSIS Design Pattern - Stage Delimited Flat File

How long does it take to create to 100 staging packages? The answer will shock you!  Read more...
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Learning Always Encrypted

Learn about the SQL Server 2016 Always Encrypted feature.  Read more...
By Site Owners 2015/07/13 | Source: | Category: always encrypted
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Trust People

Steve Jones thinks that we are not doing a great job of harnessing the brain power of our entire teams.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/13 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Modeling for Graph Databases

This week Steve Jones looks at modeling data in a graph database.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/13 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Knee-Jerk Wait Statistics : CXPACKET

With another entry in his knee-jerk series on wait statistics, Paul Randal (@PaulRandal) explains CXPACKET and why it may or may not be a problem.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2015/07/13 | Source: | Category: cxpacket
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Data Loss or Downtime

This Friday Steve Jones has a DR poll. He asks what might be more important to you in a disaster and why.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/10 | Source: | Category: editorial
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A simple trick for “Block Comment” syntax in SSMS

Make your comment blocks much more useful, in a surprising number of ways  Read more...
By Peter Zerk 2015/07/10 (first published: 2013/07/08) | Source: | Category: t-sql
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FORMAT() is nice and all, but…

Aaron Bertrand compares multiple date formatting techniques, demonstrating again that SQL Server's FORMAT() is not worth the convenience.  Read more...
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Data Mining Part 30: System Views

Sometimes we need to retrieve system information from our data mining models. In this chapter, we will show how to do it using system views.  Read more...
By Daniel Calbimonte 2015/07/09 | Source: | Category: data mining
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How to Unlock Your Team's Creative Power with SQL Prompt and a VCS

Extend SQL Prompt's functionality by connecting your snippets to version control  Read more...
By Gaurav Vohra 2015/07/09 | Source: | Category: sql prompt
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