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The Decline of SQL Server

The popularity of SQL Server seems to be high, but there might be reasons to be concerned.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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You Can Still Vote for PASS

If you couldn't vote last week or didn't get a ballot, you still can. Please go to www.sqlpass.org and learn more.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 (first published: 2014/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: pass
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Ninja Immutable Databases

'Immutable' databases operate under the principle that data or objects should not be modified after they are created. Once again they hold the promise of providing strong consistency combined with horizontal read scalability, and built-in caching. Are Immutable databases a new idea? Are they different in any way from the mainstream RDBMSs?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/03 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: immutable databases
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Data Compression and Snapshot Isolation

Data Compression and Snapshot Isolation don't play well together, you may not see a performance benefit  Read more...
By Jeff Reinhard 2014/10/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data compression
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Protect Confidential SQL Server Data Q and A

Following on from a webcast, Tim Smith answers some questions on SQL Server security like: Is It Better To Mask At the Application Level Or The SQL Server Database Level? Are there any options to find SSNs in SQL Server besides RegEx? And, why would anyone store sensitive data un-encrypted in SQL Server?   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/02 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: security
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The Final Service Packs

Microsoft has released a final service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2, which many of you might want to install.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to AlwaysOn Level 2: Storage 101

level 2 of the stairway  Read more...
By Perry Whittle 2014/10/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: alwayson
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Life Logging

This editorial was orignally published on Dec 8, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. Would you like the idea of capturing everything you do? Audio, video, text, code, a log of your life. A new book from Microsoft Research talks about this and Steve Jones things it could be an interesting capability for your career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/01 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: performance tuning
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Filling In Missing Values Using the T-SQL Window Frame

Since SQL Server delivered the entire range of window functions, there has been far less justification for using the non-standard ex-Sybase 'Quirky Update' tricks to perform the many permutations of running totals in SQL Server. One of these related problems is the 'Data Smear'. Do window functions make this easier, and what is performance like? Dwain Camps investigates.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/10/01 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: t-sql
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Challenge Yourself

How do you grow your career? Steve Jones has a few ideas on what you can do to both improve your skills and build your brand.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Synchronize Salesforce with SQL Server using SSIS

Easily synchronize live Salesforce data with SQL Server using the Salesforce SSIS DataFlow Tasks.   Read more...
By Eric Madariaga 2014/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: integers
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Build List

The list of builds for SQL Server 2008 R2 up to SP3.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/30 (first published: 2010/05/25) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server 2008 r2
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Webinar: 7 Steps to Build a Database Deployment Pipeline

Join Red Gate’s Alex Yates and TeamCity for a free webinar this Thursday, October 2nd. In this practical demo, Alex will show you how to set up continuous delivery for your SQL databases using TeamCity, Red Gate’s SQL Automation Pack, and Octopus Deploy. Places are limited – register now.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/09/30 | Source: Red-Gate | Category: webinar
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Change All Computed Columns to Persisted in SQL Server

Aaron Bertrand recently answered a question from a user who wanted to convert all of their SQL Server computed columns to be persisted. This allows you to shift the SQL Server cost of performing the computation from query time to the time of the insert/update, at the cost of storage. In this tip, Aaron shows you how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/30 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: change column
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I am no Asimov

Rodney Landrum on finding the inspiration you need, somehow and from somewhere, to get yourself out of a tight corner.  Read more...
By Rodney Landrum 2014/09/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Database Checkups

It's important that you are watching your databases' health to be sure that you can make changes, as well as rollback patches when issues occur.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Removing SQL Server Management Data Warehouse (Data Collector)

Learn how to remove the MDW from your SQL Server environment with the 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 versions.  Read more...
By Bruno Silva 2014/09/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server
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You Can Still Vote for PASS

If you couldn't vote last week or didn't get a ballot, you still can. Please go to www.sqlpass.org and learn more.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 (first published: 2014/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: pass
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Azure Diagnostics for Virtual Machines

Hosting a scalable application in Azure seems ideal, but what happens when things go wrong? Azure Cloud Services provide extensive diagnostics, and this feature has now been extended to Azure web sites and Azure Virtual Machines. You need to set up diagnostics on the VM, but once this is done, all your logs, traces and performance counters can be collected from many VMs in one place for easy management.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/09/29 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: azure
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