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The Perfect Environment

All our environments for SQL Server are different, but Andy Warren wonders if each of us might have a "perfect environment." Would things be standardized to make administration consistent? Or perhaps flexible to allow each instance to be tailored to its own needs.  Read more...
By Andy Warren 2014/03/28 | Source: | Category: editorial
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The SQL Server 2008 Datetimeoffset Data Type

The Datetimeoffset Data Type was introduced in SQL Server 2008 (and .Net Frameword 3.5) and is the most advanced date and time date type available.  Read more...
By James Skipwith 2014/03/28 (first published: 2011/04/18) | Source: | Category: sql server 2008
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups - What Not to do when Adding Databases

SQL Server's AlwaysOn Availability Groups provide a very resilient way of providing High-availability for SQL Server databases, but there are inevitable limits to their capacity. Warwick Rudd explains some of the dos and don'ts when adding databases.  Read more...
By 2014/03/28 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: alwayson
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Getting Fired

When should a DBA get fired? Steve Jones thinks it should be rare and gives you two cases.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Transactional Replication and the Ballooning Log File

A drive on a mission-critical server is reaching capacity, and the new DBA is panicking. How do you approach a ballooning log file that won’t stop growing?  Read more...
By Matthew Pettit 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: replication
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SQL Server Analysis Services ProcessAdd for a Partition

Is there a way to process only the new data for a partition in SQL Server Analysis Services? Yes, this is accomplished in SQL Server Analysis Services with the ProcessAdd option for partitions. Daniel Calbimonte demonstrates how it works.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/27 | Source: | Category: ssas
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Stairway to XML: Level 1 - Introduction to XML

In this level, Rob Sheldon explains what XML is, and describes the components of an XML document, Elements and Attributes. He explains the basics of tags, entity references, enclosed text, comments and declarations  Read more...
By Rob Sheldon 2014/03/26 (first published: 2012/09/20) | Source: | Category: stairway series
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/26 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Red-Gate | Category: defensive programming
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The Endless Upgrade Cycle

Steve Jones notes that security can be a reason to upgrade your systems, but it can also result in an endless cycle.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/26 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Private Cloud, What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

Even when organisations cannot make full use of public cloud for reasons of security or bandwidth limitations, many of the advantages of flexibility and rapid deployment can be made by providing a private cloud. Jaap Wesselius wonders if private clouds provide a new paradigm for enterprises.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/26 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: cloud computing
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Inspiring Change

Day 2 at the PASS Summit provides some inspiration for Steve Jones at the Women in Technology luncheon.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Using EXCEPT to Determine Row Differences

How to use the EXCEPT statement to perform row differences.  Read more...
By M. Douglas Bowan II 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: except
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Demonstrating the Effects of Using Data Compression in SQL Server

How much space would compressing a particular index will save? How will this affect query performance? Derek Colley walks you through the effects of using data compression in SQL Server.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/25 | Source: | Category: data compression
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Is Unit Testing Important?

Testing our applications is important, but at what level do we need to test? Steve Jones talks about unit testing today, and wonders if this is prevalent for SQL Server developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Divide and Conquer

Schemas may be largely irrelevant to small databases, where it is no trouble to assign permissions to individual objects, but they are vital for a hard working corporate database that is being actively developed and used by several applications, with thousands of objects that must be assigned the correct permission.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: editorial
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Worst Day as a DBA Story Finalists

We asked DBAs to share their worst days. Some are funny, others tragic, many both. Here are the 5 finalists, vote for your favorite story to be THE worst day as a DBA.  Read more...
By Press Release 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: survey
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Reaping the benefits of the Window functions in T-SQL

Exploring the potential benefits of the T-SQL Window functions (OVER, LAG, and LEAD) in this piece. You can learn how to achieve up to 50% performance boost by replacing a single function call.   Read more...
By Eirikur Eiriksson 2014/03/24 | Source: | Category: sql server 2012
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Automating the Retrieval of SQL Backups from Windows Azure BLOB Storage

If your database server is in Azure, then it makes sense to do backups into Azure too. SQL Server 2014 supports backups to the cloud, and particularly well with Managed Backup. Once your backups are safely in an Azure BLOB, then what? Mike Wood takes up the story.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2014/03/24 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: windows azure
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Automate Sliding Window Partition Maintenance: Part III

Part 3 of Hugh Scott's series on automating sliding window partitions in SQL Server using PowerShell  Read more...
By Hugh Scott 2014/03/21 (first published: 2010/12/28) | Source: | Category: partitioning
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Bad Days

This Friday Steve Jones wants you to look back and cringe a bit. Share with the rest of the community what a bad day was for you and see if it was really as bad as you think.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/03/21 | Source: | Category: editorial
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