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Friend of Redgate 2016

I’m excited to announce that I have been named a Friend of Redgate for 2016. The program targets influential people in their respective technical communities such as SQL, .NET and ALM and enables us to participate in the conversation around product and community development.

Last year was my first year… Read more

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 7 February 2016

Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI/BA and the Lone Three Leaders

History clearly confirms that good things come in threes.  As far as I know this is the first time that only the three most widely recognized Business Intelligence platforms have been placed in the top-right leaders/visionaries space of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, as of February…

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Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 5 February 2016

Power BI Publish to Web for Anonymous Access is Here

Earlier this week on Wednesday the Microsoft Power BI made an incredibly exciting announcement and released Power BI “publish to web” as a preview feature. This is HUUUUGE news! This was probably the top requested feature and its finally here thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Microsoft… Read more

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Posted in SQL with Dustin Ryan on 5 February 2016

Copying SSIS packages With DTUTIL

A frequent need when performing a server migration is to copy the SSIS packages from one server to a new server.  There are a couple of different ways to do this, including a wizard in SSMS. (See  The catch to this is that these are manual and they…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 5 February 2016

Using Custom File Delimiters in SSIS

File-based ETL is usually dull. Most systems generate (or expect to consume) files that are delimited, with a common field separator such as comma, tab, or pipe. However, occasionally you’ll get an oddly formatted file with an unusual delimiter. Although it’s not obvious in the Visual Studio designer, SSIS is… Read more

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 5 February 2016

Its been a busy start to the year

Its been a busy start to the year at I have been involved in a Big Data training courses in Alexandria - a suberb of DC, followed by the same course running again in London a week later. This  was followed by a SQL Server 2012 skills upgrade course

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 5 February 2016

PASS Summit 2016 – call for Speakers…

PASS Summit 2016 is the biggest, largest, highest rated summit in the World for the Microsoft SQL Server & BI professionals, with lot of the tech sessions covering a lot for the Database Development, Database Administration, BI, Cloud, Professional Developement, Training, Tips’n’Tricks and much more.

It is going to be… Read more

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Posted in Dukagjin Maloku - Dugi'DBA on 5 February 2016

Minnesota BI User Group – Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI (December 2015)

On Wednesday, December 16, I presented on this topic at the Minnesota BI User Group.  This session is based on five blog posts that I created in August 2015.

You can find the presentation here: Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI (pdf).

The details can be found in the… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 4 February 2016


I’m sitting in the classroom of SQL Cruise listening to Tim Ford (b|t) explain mechanisms for monitoring indexes. It’s a great class. Earlier in the week I got to hear Jes Borland (b|t) talk about extended events and do a session on… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 4 February 2016

Columnstore Indexes – part 76 (“Compression Delay”)

Continuation from the previous 75 parts, the whole series can be found at While playing with SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.2, I have found some interesting feature being mentioned inside the engine. The strange thing was called a compression…

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Posted in Niko's blog on 4 February 2016

Are SQL Server 2014 Table Variables Different From Temporary Tables?

What are the Table Variables in SQL Server?

In our previous blog we have discussed How to find free space In SQL Server database. Now, in this section we will elaborate about SQL Server 2014 Table Variables. SQL Server support features that allow users to work with temporary data… Read more

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Posted in Zora's SQL Tips on 4 February 2016

Loading a Text File with a Line Feed

Loading text files is a skill that probably every DBA needs. I know that the import wizard is available, but there are times that you might want to automate this without using SSIS. In those cases, it’s nice to know how to load data from a programmatic standpoint.

I had… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 February 2016

Scaling Azure SQL Database

One of the advantages Azure SQL Database has over on-prem SQL Server is the ease in which it can scale.  I’ll discuss the various options for horizontal scaling, vertical scaling, and other similar features.

Horizontal scaling refers to adding or removing databases in order to adjust capacity or overall performance.… Read more

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Posted in James Serra's Blog on 3 February 2016

Blogger questions: What if someone else wrote about the same subject?

I have a moderately popular blog. In part because I syndicate but largely (in my opinion) because I write a lot of posts (twice a week for > 3 years). Over 340 of them in fact. Because of this a friend asked me what I do if I write a… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 3 February 2016

The Future of SSMS

One of the smaller announcements amidst the gazillion new features of SQL Server 2016, is that SSMS is now a separate installation. You heard that right (read, probably), no more dragging along those bulky .ISO files with the entire SQL Server set-up just to install some client tools. Just like… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 3 February 2016

Limitation of In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016 – TRUNCATE table not supported

Hi friends, another limitation that we will discussed is TRUNCATE table command is not supported with memory optimized tables. Let’s …

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Posted in Kapil Blogs on 3 February 2016

Should I use option(recompile)?

Should I use option(recompile)?

This will probably be a multiple stage discussion. The notes I’m providing today were sparked off of the content located in the fantastic learning resource provided by Brent Ozar Unlimited. Most of the core material based on a training class entitled: Table Variables, Temp Tables,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Barbarian on 2 February 2016

How to Install Microsoft R Server for Windows

Microsoft R Server, or Revolution R Enterprise (RRE) as it is formally known, for now, is basically a platform for advanced analytics designed to tackle big data statistics, predictive modeling, and machine-learning capabilities.

The open source R is limited in capacity as it is “single threaded and memory bound.” Microsoft… Read more

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Posted in Marlon Ribunal - SQL, Code, Coffee, etc. on 2 February 2016

On the addition of useless where clauses

I remember a forum thread from a while back. The question was on how to get rid of the index scan that was in the query plan. Now that’s a poor question in the first place, as the scan might not be a problem, but it’s the first answer that… Read more

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Posted in SQL In The Wild on 2 February 2016

Speaking at OPASS on February 25, 2016

Last month I visited MagicPASS, this month I’ll be at oPASS and presenting again on my pattern for automating database restores. It’s a still evolving presentation, but one that I think engages attendees. They know how to restore, they know why, so it’s just layering some ideas on top of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 February 2016

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