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Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics – An API Calling Application

Just last week we had the fantastic opportunity to present at Microsoft Ignite 2017 in the Gold Coast on Azure Cognitive Services – and we had an absolute blast of a time!

I co-presented with Kristina Rumpff who works at Microsoft in the Data Platform team as a Solution Architect Read more

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Posted in Mr. Fox SQL on 22 February 2017

SQL Code Guard 2.9 released

Nothing special - just signed with renewed code sign certificate, small fixes, etc
Have fun!

Wait a minute! Almost forgot.
More great news coming soon, stay tuned, subsribe to twitter https://twitter.com/SQLCodeGuard if you don't want miss somthing fun.

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Posted in SQL Code Guard on 22 February 2017

What’s a DACPAC and a BACPAC?

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

If you’ve worked with SQL Server development and database projects, you might have heard about DACPACs. However, if you haven’t, this was a concept that didn’t seem… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2017

Reminder – SQL Saturday Chicago Precon

I just wanted to remind everyone that the SQL Saturday in Chicago is coming up, and that both Adam Machanic and I are holding precons the Friday before the event. The SQL Saturday in Chicago this year has hit peak capacity two months before the event. However, if you enroll… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 22 February 2017

What’s in my backup file?

Restoring a backup file is pretty easy right?

RESTORE DATABASE [Test] FROM DISK = 'C:\backups\backup.bak';

Ok, but what if more than one database backup is stored in that single backup file? Didn’t know you could do that?
Yep. You can.

BACKUP DATABASE [Test] TO DISK = 'C:\backups\backup.bak';
BACKUP DATABASE [AdventureWorks2014]…

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Posted in SQLStudies on 22 February 2017

SSMS Presenter Mode

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) release candidate 17.0 RC2 works side-by-side with generally available releases (16.x), but it is not recommended for production use. There are many enhancements which you can read here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-ssms-release-candidate but there is one feature I … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 22 February 2017

Remotely Administering the Docker Engine on Windows Server 2016

Continuing on my series in working with Docker on Windows, I noticed that I always open up a remote powershell window when working with Docker on servers. Nothing wrong with this, if you want to know how to do that you can follow my instructions here.

However what if… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 22 February 2017

We Hired!

The response to our most recent job position was incredible, and I’d like to thank all of the folks who responded and submitted their CVs to us for consideration. In the end, we had one open position, and we selected the most qualified candidate for the position.

I’d like to… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 21 February 2017

Heading Back to SQL Bits

I’m honored to be selected to speak at SQL Bits 2017 this April in Telford. This is my favorite SQL Server conference, and it’s always a joy to attend. Especially the Friday night party, where everyone seems to have a lot of fun.

I’ll be presenting “Including Your Database in… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 February 2017

Giving a Security Webinar on Thursday

On Thursday, February 23rd at 3 PM EST I’m giving a webinar on designing a successful database security model with SQL Server.

Register Here for Free (you can also register for other upcoming MSSQLTips webinars)

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

You’re building a new application using SQL Server as a… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 21 February 2017

Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 39 – Waffle Chart)

In this module you will learn how to use the Waffle Chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Waffle Chart visual is most useful for presenting a percentage of data. This chart is a great option to choose over other visuals like Pie Charts, which are not great at showing proportions… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 21 February 2017

Permanent Employment v Contracting: How the figures stack up

In my latest learning tree newsletter, I discussed analysing some of the salary survey data that the good folks over at BrentOzar.com collected and made available back in January 2017. The data is very interesting and in my first post on this topic over the learning Tree blog, we…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 February 2017

Error while loading Excel data into database

Issue: I am trying to load data from Excel 97 – 2003 sheet into a database table. I have written a simple SSIS package to do that, but unfortunately, it fails with error: –

 

Microsoft (R) SQL Server Execute Package Utility  Version 11.0.6020.0 for 64-bit  Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 21 February 2017

How to sign a SQL Server CLR Assembly in Visual Studio 2015

It took me quite a while to figure out how to sign a SQL Server CLR Assembly (like a CLR stored procedure / function / trigger etc) in VS 2015.

If you google “sign a SQL Server CLR Assembly”, you will most likely find out content published 5+ years ago… Read more

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Posted in DBA Philosophy on 21 February 2017

Improve performance by replacing temp tables with memory optimized tables - Part 3

Welcome to the last part of this series, you can find the previous post here (http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/denniss-sql-blog-1/2017/02/01/improve-performance-by-replacing-temp-tables-with-memory-optimized-tables-part-1/) and here (http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/denniss-sql-blog-1/2017/02/08/improve-performance-by-replacing-temp-tables-with-memory-optimized-tables-part-2/).

Previously we discussed about using memory optimized tables to replace table variable and global temp table, this time we will replace local temp tables and seek for performance gain. We all use…

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Posted in Dennis's SQL Blog on 21 February 2017

SQL Server vNext: sys.dm_db_stats_histogram

Since installing SQL Server vNext CTP 1.3 I found out that there is a new way to return statistics histogram for a specific stat which actually is also available with the latest Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2016 Service Pack … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 21 February 2017

External SQL files vs. Stored procedures in SSIS development

[2017-Feb-21] I'm creating this particular blog post more for myself to remember and use it as a reference to related discussions in future.

One of my client's existent SSIS solution contains a use of multiple SQL execute tasks which are configured to use external files with a complicated SQL code.…

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Posted in Data Adventures on 21 February 2017

Estimated Costs of All Queries

One question constantly comes up; What should the Cost Threshold for Parallelism be? The default value of 5 is pretty universally denigrated (well, not by Microsoft, but by most everyone else). However, what value should you set yours to?

What Do Your Plans Cost?

I have a question right back… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 20 February 2017

Penny wise, pound stupid

Growing up my mother used this phrase quite a bit. Penny wise, pound stupid. (In case you didn’t know the pound is the British equivalent of the dollar.) Basically, it means paying attention to the small stuff at the expense of the big stuff. My favorite example of this… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 20 February 2017

Setting up SQL Server to SQL Database (Azure) Replication

I had a need to setup transactional replication from my SQL Server to SQL Database (Azure) where I only needed a selection of tables that I wanted to off-load to Azure.  For this post I will be going through the … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 20 February 2017

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