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Better Test Data Domains with SQL Data Generator

I’ve been working more with SQL Data Generator (SDG) because it solves some problems that many software developers have with test data. Often each developer needs to create their own set of test data, with these being the common actions:

  • Use a backup of production, perhaps old.
  • Randomly insert a…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 September 2015

CISL – Columnstore Indexes Scripts Library, Release 1 (“Ortus”)

I am glad to announce the very first release of the CISL – Columnstore Indexes Scripts Library, with codename “Ortus”. Go on and download the very first release to find out what it is all about. This release consists from…

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Posted in Niko's blog on 1 September 2015

Join Me for Free #PowerPivot Training w/ @ExcelBIPASS Sept 10 – 12p CDT

I’m excited to be able to say that coming up next week on Thursday September 10, I’ll be presenting my session Power Pivot 101: An Introduction to the PASS Excel BI Virtual Chapter! For a lot of users, Power Pivot is like the Ferrari you had in your garage but… Read more

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Posted in SQL with Dustin Ryan on 1 September 2015

Shredding Extended Event Actions

The other day I wrote about that torrid love/hate relationship DBAs tend to have with working with XML. In that same post, I promised I would have a follow up post about XML in Extended Events.

Well, today I present to you another opportunity for you to renew your love/hate… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 1 September 2015

Time for T-SQL Tuesday #70!

Here is your invitation for T-SQL Tuesday #70, and the topic is: Strategies for managing an enterprise We define “enterprise” in a number of ways, but I tend to default to two definitions: “the things I’m in charge of” and “anything I don’t want to do manually”.  In other words,…

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 1 September 2015

How to Create Pareto Chart in Power BI

About 80% of the world’s population lives in about 13% of the countries. Okay, this statement is not as knee-jerking as I made it sound. Pareto Principle (also known as 80-20 rule, the law of the vital-few) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of… Read more

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Posted in Sam Vanga on 1 September 2015

SQL 2016 CTP 2.3 has been released

A new monthly release of the SQL Server 2016 preview has been released: CTP 2.3.
You can find the download here (the official SQL Server 2016 page currently still links to CTP 2.2).

There isn’t any official documentation out yet describing which features have been added or improved, but thanks… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 1 September 2015

CONTEXT_INFO and efficient mass update on a large table with a trigger

Let`s assume we have following task – make changes to the data in a large table that has consistency checker in a trigger. Let`s look at the ways to do it in a most efficient way.

Use test database in a simple recovery mode. Create two tables and fill them… Read more

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Posted in Forrards Group Database Blog on 1 September 2015

Experiences of Submitting a PASS 2015 Session

The PASS speakers were announced a quite a number of weeks ago now for PASS 2015 in October – and I felt pretty damn honored to be one of the 160 or so selected to speak at the conference (…and as a quick aside I also note a reasonably… Read more

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Posted in Mr. Fox SQL on 31 August 2015

Upgrading a SQL Azure Database to v12

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

I was looking to test some of the Azure v12 capabilities, but I needed to upgrade a database. Here’s a quick look at how.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 August 2015

Populating My DBA Database for Power Bi with PowerShell – Server Info

Following my last post about using Power Bi with my DBA Database I have been asked if I would share the PowerShell scripts which I use to populate my database. They are the secondary part to my DBADatabase which I also use to automate the installation and upgrade of all… Read more

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 31 August 2015

SSC Editorial: The Problem Solver

The Problem Solver. Ever scoffed at personality types? Surely none of us are just one thing, but often we are mostly one thing, or at least one thing that is easily identified as being a big part of who we are. Writing this I was thinking about two things… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2015

The default instance has a name

The default instance actually has an instance name. It’s MSSQLSERVER. This is probably familiar to a lot of you but hold on because I’m going to go a little bit deeper. When we connect to a default instance we typically just put down the server name right? Is that because… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 31 August 2015

Your presentation matters! Do it right!

This weekend I was invited over at SQLSaturday Oslo to speak about SQL Server Indexing. I ran into Boris Hristov there and we ended up in a discussion about presentation design, and how it plays a huge role in getting your message across to your audience. As a speaker myself,… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 31 August 2015

Buffer Pool Extension in SQL Server 2014 part 2: benchmark testing

Let’s take a closer look at how we can speed up the system’s performance using the Buffer Pool Extension. For testing I will use a virtual machine with 4 GB RAM. I created a separate database with one table. The table has 2 columns [id] and [n]. The first column… Read more

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Posted in Forrards Group Database Blog on 31 August 2015

At SQL Server Geeks 2015 - Pre Conference Session - Benjamin Nevarez

Attended SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2015 on last Wednesday (26/8) at Bangalore, India. Due to few urgent responsibilities at work, could attend only Pre Conference event on Wednesday, skipping the events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Preconference event I attended was "SQL Server Optimization and Tuning" by Benjamin…

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Posted in SQL and SQL Only on 31 August 2015

Dimensional Modelling in Lucidchart vs Visio: Part 1

Data modelling is a pivotal skill that every practitioner in data management should acquire. That said, there are numerous tools that can be used to model data. As a Certified Microsoft Professional, my default modelling tool has always been Microsoft (MS) Visio and sometimes, Visual Studio. However, I’ve… Read more

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Posted in Select SIFISO Blogs on 30 August 2015

syntax error in textheader of stored procedure - Cause and Solution

Hi Folks,

Comments play an important part in writing any code. Especially when somebody else reads your code. So the other day I was writing a stored procedure and some comments on top to list the tasks being performed inside the stored procedure. We are using sql server 2005 and…

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Posted in Everyday IT Challenges on 30 August 2015

Pluralsight Authoring – Upcoming Course

I am super excited to announce that I have recently been accepted as an author for Pluralsight.

My audition was on Monitoring AlwaysOn Availability Groups and was accepted on the first pass :) the clip discussed monitoring replication latency something I’ve blogged about here and here.

In the… Read more

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 29 August 2015

5 Tips for #PowerBI

After a couple months of fun with Power BI, I’ve picked up a few little tricks along the way that have helped me to be able to create some pretty cool data visualizations and dashboard reports. Here are five Power BI tips and tricks that you may find useful as… Read more

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Posted in SQL with Dustin Ryan on 29 August 2015

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