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A long time ago I worked in a large corporation where we managed lots of servers, each of which performed a variety of different functions. Some were Exchange, some SQL, some file servers, etc. and they would come and go at a frightening pace.

We had monitoring in place, but… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 November 2014

Capturing DB Usage stats – sp_spaceused simulation using DMV’s.

SP_SPACEUSED

sp_spaceused is one of the system stored procedure used frequently by many dba’s that reveals amount of space used by database/tables. This procedure can be executed either by passing parameters or no parameters. The objective of this stored proc is to measure the amount of space consumed by database… Read more

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Posted in PowerSQL By Prashanth Jayaram on 24 November 2014

Last Weeks Top “Reading” Links #110

It’s Monday time for this week’s weekly link round-up.  If you want to catch these links “live” (so exciting), follow me on twitter (@StrateSQL).  And see these throughout the day as I tweet out links of things I find interesting.  While these links aren’t the answer… Read more

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Posted in StrateSQL on 24 November 2014

Exam Prep 70-463: Just the facts, ma’am   Recently updated !

This post is part of a series on this blog that will help me, and hopefully you, pass exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  So far, we’ve covered:

Today we’re exploring fact tables… Read more

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Posted in Cleveland DBA on 24 November 2014

TempDB Configuration Best Practices

1. Do not change collation of TempDB from the SQL Server instance collation.

2. Do not change the TempDB database owner from sa.

3. Do not drop the TempDB database.

4. Do not drop or revoke the guest user from the database.

5. Do not change the recovery model from… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 24 November 2014

Cumulative Update – 13 for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Is Now Available !

The 13th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 13 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2012 SP1.

Those who are facing severe issues with their environment, they can… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 24 November 2014

Cumulative Update – 3 for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 Is Now Available !

The 3rdcumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 3 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2012 SP2.

Those who are facing severe issues with their environment, they can plan… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 24 November 2014

DBTA – Mission Critical Performance Enhancements in SQL Server 2014

 

Microsoft has three major feature sets that they are advancing with SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014). One is called “Mission Critical Performance.”  Microsoft wants to stake out this ground not only as performance enhancements in the relational engine, but also those features which support better data availability, performance, security, and… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 November 2014

Putting sp_ at the beginning of your stored procedure.

Every now and again you see articles and posts about putting sp_ at the beginning of a stored procedure. So what does that do and why should we care? The primary effect is that if you put a stored procedure starting with sp_ in master you can call it directly… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 24 November 2014

A look at the SQL Assessment Intelligence Pack in Operational Insights

Operational Insights is a service that has been added in preview to Azure. It enables you to collect, combine, correlate and visualize all your machine data in one place. It can collect data from all of your machines either via SCOM or by using an agent. Once the data is… Read more

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 24 November 2014

SQLSaturday Speaking & Sharing

Recently, I caught a blog link on LinkedIn, of one SQL Server professional talking about his experience speaking at a SQLSaturday, and I thought I would not only share my own experience, but invite all of you who ever spoke at a SQLSaturday to share yours as well.  In…

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 24 November 2014

Put Your New Leadership Knowledge Into Practice

Have you ever tried to hit a golf ball toward the pin, toss a dart at the bull’s-eye, or chuck a fly at a trout? If you’re like most people, your first attempt didn’t come anywhere close to hitting the mark. Your golf ball may have found the woods, your… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 21 November 2014

Reblog: November 14 to November 20

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 21 November 2014

Have We Devalued SQL Server Consulting?

Have we given too much away?

SQL Server has an amazing community. It freely provides information and training of SQL Server technologies via the internet and even in person events like SQL Saturday’s.

Has the value of SQL Server Consulting Diminished?

This is fantastic for anyone who works in SQL… Read more

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Posted in WaterOx SQL on 21 November 2014

Friday Followup For November 21, 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

  • Using Encryption To Protect Your Data From Alien Abduction
  • Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos

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Posted in RealSQLGuy - Helping You To Become A SQL Hero on 21 November 2014

In-memory OLTP Part 1: Introduction to In-memory OLTP

SQL Server 2014 introduced probably one of the biggest changes to the SQL Server engine since years, “In-memory OLTP” (or Hekaton). In-memory OLTP lets you move tables from your traditional, disk based, storage and moves them directly into the memory (RAM) of your SQL Server instance. Traditional storage throughput and… Read more

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Posted in DotNine SQL Server and more on 21 November 2014

Encryption in Colorado Springs – Encrypting in the Application?

Last night was my annual presentation at the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group. I try to make sure I get down there at least once a year, and it’s been only once a year for the last few years. Far too busy, and I’m sorry for that, but I… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2014

The Truth About Index Fragmentation

In just a little while, I’m going to give a presentation at the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. You can download the materials from my presentation here:

The post The Truth About Index Fragmentation appeared first on .

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Posted in Noam Brezis on 20 November 2014

Exam Prep 70-463: More about Dimensions   Recently updated !

This post is part of a series on this blog that will help me, and hopefully you, pass exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  So far, we’ve covered:

Today we’re going to review dimension tables in more depth.… Read more

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Posted in Cleveland DBA on 20 November 2014

FUD Makes Security Harder

The US government’s illogical screeds against better personal encryption for data and communications is well documented. Then comes this reported communication:

Department of Justice: iPhone encryption will lead to the death of a child

I’m hoping the quote given in the article is completely out of context. However, previous statements,… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 20 November 2014

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