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Performance/ Management Data Warehouse Data Collector & AlwaysOn Availability Groups

Verwaltungs-Data Warehouse Datensammler & AlwaysOn Hochverfügbarkeitsgruppen

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This time, we are dealing with the „MDW“, short for Management Data Warehouse,(msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677306.aspx), which I like to recommend as a minimal performance logging-approach.

From time to time, and most recently in the context of my PASS Essential „SQL Server…

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Posted in Andreas Wolter SQL Server & BI blog (English / German) on 16 September 2014

PASS Summit 2014 Pre-Conference Seminar

I’m putting on a pre-conference seminar (also known as a pre-con) at the PASS Summit this year. I’m really honored to be able to present this and I’m pretty excited about it. So, if you want to talk query tuning, let’s get together at the Summit. For a few fun… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 16 September 2014

We’re On

We crossed the $10k mark for the Argenis Without Borders campaign, meaning that Brent, Grant, Adam, Gail, and myself will join Argenis in dressing up in colorful costumes at the PASS Summit. I’ve already purchased a few things, and I’m ready.

I’d like to thank everyone that donated, as… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 September 2014

SQL Saturday #315 - Pittsburgh

SQLSaturday is a full day FREE training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn more about SQL Server and network with the SQL Server community.
Pick from more than 30 different sessions and learn from the experts.

Don’t know anything about SQL Server? We have an entire… Read more

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Posted in SQL Sandwiches on 16 September 2014

Speaking at SQLSaturday #311 Bulgaria

More good news! I will be speaking on SQLSaturday #311 Bulgaria.

If you read this blog and will attend the event, come and say hi!

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 16 September 2014

DBA in the Cloud: Threat or Opportunity?

Five years ago the term “cloud” was still a buzzword, and there was a lot of uncertainty and misconception around it. I remember many DBAs, including myself, asking themselves what this revolution means for them. People asked themselves how a DBA role will look like in five years, or even… Read more

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Posted in Guy Glantser on 16 September 2014

Better Presentations–Zoom

This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.

I’ve given around 30 presentations a year for the last few years, and easily a dozen a year for a number of years before that. I visit events all over the US and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 September 2014

PASS SQL Saturday Events: October 2014

PASS SQL Saturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Please note that in order to attend one of these event, you must register. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event. Most… Read more

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Posted in Marc Beacom on 15 September 2014

Outstanding PASS Volunteer

Hello Dear Reader!  In June this year I was recognized by PASS as with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.  In an unusual move I found myself speechless.  This is a very quick post to give the true credit where it is due.  June was a very busy month for me and…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 15 September 2014

Thoughts On the NomCom Process

We’ve just wrapped up the interviews and I wanted to jot down a few thoughts on what I’ve seen from using the process that we have today:

  • The time requirement for the NomCom members seems reasonable
  • We still have a lot of work on explaining the “why” of the tasks…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 September 2014

Podcast on Devops and the Database

I’ve been attempting to expand my reach to get back to my roots in development. I’m doing this because I really believe in the concepts behind devops, that these walls we’ve erected between development and dba, between dba and san admin, et, ad nauseum, cetera, need to come to an… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 September 2014

I SCHEMABOUND my scalar UDF and you won’t believe what happened next.

Sorry for the click bait but I just couldn’t resist, and to be fair I was pretty impressed with this little trick.

The other week I did a post on SCHEMABINDING and Diana sent me this great link on SCHEMABINDING UDFs. In it TomErv discribes SCHEMABINDING scalar UDFs that… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 15 September 2014

To be brief. What to do when PATH variable is too long to be real PATH.

Sometimes after installing pretty useful addins when starting SSMS you can see error message like "Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation"

That can mean that your PATH variable is tooooo long to fit some system functions - and SSMS crashes.
Question "Why one function allows to…

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Posted in SQL Code Guard on 15 September 2014

Creation & Deletion of Database Snapshot by SQL Agent Job

Some days back, I received one query on my facebook page that user want to create Database Snapshot frequently & want to delete the oldest with same frequency. Quite interesting scenario. I did not go in deep why he has such requirement but I am clear that It can be… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 15 September 2014

Houston TechFest 2014: SQL Admin Best Practices with DMV's

Awesome crowd this morning for my SQL Admin Best Practices with DMV's presentation at Houston TechFest 2014, thanks very much for attending! There were some exceptionally useful questions raised today, great job to my audience.

Here is the .zip file as promised for my presentation slide deck and .sql…

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Posted in SQL Tact on 13 September 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 42

  • Reg count at 479. Looking very good for hitting 500!
  • First sponsor sent out a geo-targeted message for us, another one working on it, more to go. We wrote a ‘suggested’ message to decrease the friction. First vendor even sent back open rates on the email!
  • Karla/Shawn dropped in at…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 September 2014

Reblog: September 5 to September 11

Photo credit – JStove

Old posts are like unicorns. You might see them just once, but it’d sure be nice to have them come back around every not and then. This connection might not make that much sense, but face it… there’s no such things as unicorns, so I can… Read more

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Posted in StrateSQL on 12 September 2014

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration

Hello Dear Reader!  Last September I was approached with a tremendous opportunity to become the Managing Author for the Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 book by Wrox.  We worked throughout the CTP phase and solidified the book after RTM.  By the end of July all the pages were in, all…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 12 September 2014

Friday Followup For September 12, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway.

Posts That Were Popular This Week

  • Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing
  • Automated Source Control: A Librarian For Your Database Objects, Part 1

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Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 12 September 2014

Schema on Read vs Schema on Write

Schema on Read vs Schema on Write in Business Intelligence

When starting build out a new BI strategy.  There are more options now than ever before.  Gone are the days of just creating a massive star or snowflake schema to store THE data warehouse.  In today’s business, you need to… Read more

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Posted in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture on 12 September 2014

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