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My SQL Server Development Toolbox

Having the right tools for the job makes the work much more efficient. However, for those just starting out in SQL Server land, it may not be clear which tools are useful or appropriate for a given task. I regularly field questions about which tools I use on my development… Read more

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 27 June 2017

Using SQL Server Diagnostics (Preview)

I was VERY excited when I read the following tweet (below) from Bob Ward regarding SQL Server Diagnostics capability. What is it you are asking? It is an extension to SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) where it gives you the … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 27 June 2017

Overview of Resumable Indexes in SQL Server 2017

Managing indexes is a critical component of database maintenance but we often don’t think about the indicators behind the index maintenance operations. SQL Server 2017 (CTP 2.0) introduces a very useful index feature, to mitigate the administration overhead of index maintenance which we’ll review and discuss in this article. Read more

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Posted in PowerSQL By Prashanth Jayaram on 26 June 2017

Adding Performance Counters back for SQL Server

I had a strange situation the other day, where a number of things went wrong with my instance. First, I lost permissions to detached databases. The SID was listed in the file permissions, but apparently unlinked to an account.

Next, I went to add an alert, and I only had… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 June 2017

Database Fundamentals #4: Create a Database

SQL Server provides multiple ways to perform most functions. In order to maximize your understanding of how SQL Server works and have as many different mechanisms as possible for getting work done, you’ll use the GUI and TSQL to learn how to create and drop databases. You can then use… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 26 June 2017

Temp table quiz

Brent Ozar (b/t) posted a pop quiz on twitter earlier today.

Go ahead and give it a shot .. I’ll wait.

So? What do you think? Did you get it right? I did, but I wasn’t 100% certain, nor did I initially think through all of… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 26 June 2017

Keep VMware snapshot growth from wrecking your day

VM snapshots are one of the best virtualization features ever. But…have you ever had a VMware vSphere or Hyper-V snapshot grow out of control and fill the datastore the VM resides on? You know what happens… even the best VM admins out there seem to get burned once when they… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 26 June 2017

Real-life SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting at SQLSaturday Columbus

Join me Friday, July 21, 2017 for a day of Real-life SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting as part of SQLSaturday Columbus at Otterbein University Campus Center in Columbus, OH. Register for SQLSaturday Columbus before it fills up, and check out the early bird pricing for the pre-conference sessions the day before.…

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The Three A’s: Authentication

When I start talking with folks about security, one of the areas of confusion I often find has to do with the three A’s of security. Specifically, the difference between the first two: authentication and authorization. Let’s look at the first today. 

Authentication is simply proving who you are. With… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 26 June 2017

Monday Coffee: Attending Conferences

Last week I asked the following question on Twitter: –

I was interested to see the responses as I wanted to know how more experienced presenters get the time off to speak at so many events. Up until now I’ve been using annual leave and this was a way of… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 26 June 2017

External Tool VSCODE called from SQL Management Studio

Previous Related Post: Split personality text editing in SSMS with Sublime Text 3

In this prior post I wrote about how to call Sublime Text 3 from SSMS to allow improved text manipulation to be quickly called from an active query window in SQL Management Studio. Vscode is a newer… Read more

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Posted in SQL Barbarian on 26 June 2017

SQL Server Database Files Wise I/O Latency Details

One of the real-world I/O troubleshooting problems is – If you have your databases spread across multiple LUNs and you want to find out which database files are experiencing high latency issues and driving the most I/Os to storage subsystem using performance counter (Avg. Disk sec/Read & Avg. Disk sec/Write).… Read more

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Posted in SQL Geek on 26 June 2017

Geo Location of Twitter messages in Power BI

[2017-June-25] There are several custom solutions that make Twitter messages analysis possible in Power BI. And with a recent addition of the Campaign/Brand Management for Twitter solution template for Power BI (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/solution-templates/brand-management-twitter/) it's getting even less complicated to get into this social media mainstream data exploration.

Here is…

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Posted in Data Adventures on 25 June 2017

Columnstore Indexes – part 107 (“Dictionaries Deeper Dive”)

Continuation from the previous 106 parts, the whole series can be found at http://www.nikoport.com/columnstore/.

I would like to thank Sunil Agarwal (Program Manager) & Vassilis Papadimos (Software Engineer) for all their patience and explanations, helping me to get to the bottom of the faced issues and delivering me a… Read more

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Posted in Niko's blog on 25 June 2017

Reflecting on the Last Year of Microsoft’s OpenSource Technologies

This past year has certainly been interesting in the world of Linux. Microsoft has taken a new strategy and is embracing the open source model. It’s releasing it’s key software products with versions for Linux. It’s truly a remarkable time. In this post I want to highlight some of the… Read more

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 24 June 2017

Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS – PASS Summit 2017 Preview

I am glad to share that I will be speaking at 24 Hours of PASS – PASS Summit 2017 Preview that will take place on 19th & 20th of July 2017.

As I already announced before, I will be delivering a precon at PASS Summit 2017 and now to promote… Read more

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Posted in Niko's blog on 24 June 2017

Speaking at SQLSaturday Sacramento – 650!

Speaking at SQLSaturday Sacramento!

I’m proud to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Sacramento on July 15th 2017! And wow, 650 SQLSaturdays! This one won’t let you down. Check out the amazing schedule!

If you don’t know what SQLSaturday is, it’s a whole day of free…

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 23 June 2017

#SQLChat on Performance Issues

Twitter can often be a great source of information for the SQL Community, especially with the #SQLHelp hashtag. Another resource that not everyone is familiar with is #SQLChat, which Idera runs periodically. There are moderators that helps keep things going, including at least one person from the SQL Server community,… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 23 June 2017

Loading All CSV Files with PowerShell

I ran across Denis Gobo’s post about working with names from Social Security cards and wanted to play with the dataset. However, rather than use xp_cmdshell, which I might have, I decided to use PowerShell. I need to repeat this with Python, but for now, this worked.

There is a… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 June 2017

Conditionally Retry a Failed Job

We have jobs that run in the early morning to load data to our data warehouses and other systems, and if they don’t complete correctly, we start to have issues that ripple through the day. In the past, we had a service provider that would monitor our jobs and rerun… Read more

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Posted in WaterOx SQL on 23 June 2017

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