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Webinar Followup: New Security Features in SQL Server 2016

I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed new security features in SQL Server 2016. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used and answer a few… Read more

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Posted in Bradley Schacht on 26 July 2016

Azure SQL Database Live Migrations

Unfortunately, with Azure SQL Database you are not able to take an existing SQL Server Backup and restore it on an Azure SQL Database server.  We are talking about Microsoft’s database as a service (DaaS)  offering, not Azure VMs also known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS).  The only current… Read more

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Posted in John Sterrett on 26 July 2016

Slimmer SQL Saturdays

I’ve had this idea for some time. It’s been bugging me, but I haven’t really been pressured to write, nor inspired. That changed a bit with the announcement of the rules change for SQL Saturdays, as well as a few discussions I had with people.

I dislike the announcement for… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 July 2016

SELECT * FROM....Writing SQL Queries...

This week is my fourth week on the spin being involved in a Learning Tree Course. This week we have double bubble. I teaching a Course today and I'm Producing a course tomorrow.
Today I will be teaching a one day course titled Writing SQL Queries. This course provides…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 26 July 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Baton Rouge!

I’m proud to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge on August 6th 2016! This will be my forth SQLSaturday event this year and I’m really excited that I get to do it as a speaker. I look forward to seeing you there! 

If you don’t… Read more

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 25 July 2016

You Deserve to be an MVP

I have been sitting on this article for a while now. I have been tossing around some
thoughts and finally it is time to share some of those thoughts with the masses. I hope to provoke further thought on the topic of being an MVP.

I want to preface all… Read more

2 comments, 70 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 25 July 2016

Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 09 – Chord)

In this module you will learn how to use the Chord Power BI Custom Visual.  Chord diagrams show directed relationships among a group of entities using colored lines (chords); this allows for an easy representation of correlating data.

Module 09 – Chord


  • Power BI Custom Visual – Chord
  • Dataset…

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Posted in Devin Knight on 25 July 2016

SQL Server 2016 FK operator bug?

I recently read an a blog on MSDN that covered new features for the query optimizer in SQL Server 2016. One of the topics covered was a new operator for foreign key checks.

This new operator certainly looked like it simplified the graphical plan considerably; so, I thought I’d test… Read more

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Posted in Confessions of a Microsoft Addict on 25 July 2016

Deploying Row Level Security with SQL Compare

Row Level Security (RLS) is a great new feature in SQL Server 2016. It’s been in Azure SQL Databases for some time, but we now have it on premise. It’s easy to setup and use, and worth taking a look at if you have multi-tenant scenarios, or need more granular… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 July 2016

Monitor Query Performance

Blog post #7 in support of Tim Ford’s (b|t) #iwanttohelp, #entrylevel. Read about it here.

Sooner or later when you’re working with SQL Server, someone is going to complain that the server is slow. I already pointed out the first place you should look when this… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 25 July 2016

Blogger Questions: What should I blog about?

Over the last four years I’ve blogged almost 400 times. It’s become a refuge, a resource, a source of pride, and a pleasure. I started out trying to build an on-line resume (just in case) and over time it’s evolved like crazy. I’ve become a huge proponent of blogging and… Read more

2 comments, 74 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 25 July 2016

Fourth Week in July

This is the fourth week of four of my July training programming and this week we have two courses that I am involved in

Tomorrow 26th July I will be teaching a one day course titled Writing SQL Queries. This course provides and introduction to writing queries, using…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 25 July 2016

Speaking at SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2016

I am very happy and proud to share the news that I will be speaking in SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2016 to be held in Bangalore from Aug 11 to 13th. SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit is the biggest Technical conference in Asia with 60+ speakers from across the…

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Posted in SQL and SQL Only on 25 July 2016

Learn About SQL Server Master Data Services 2016

SQL Server 2016 comes up with the new release of Master Data Services (MDS). In it, some new features have been added to improve its performance. It helps the database administrators to manage the database properly. In the following discussion, we will be discussing the changes that have taken place… Read more

Happy Birthday Power BI!

Today marks one years since Power BI was officially released.  It’s been an amazing ride and I’d like to thank the team at Microsoft for so responsive to the community’s feedback.  Check out this video the community created to celebrate! 

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Posted in Devin Knight on 24 July 2016

CISL 1.3.0 is released

I am extremely proud to share with everyone the news that the long-awaited and quite overdue release of the CISL – Columnstore Indexes Scripts Library is finally public – the 1.3.0 version. The most important part of this release is…

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Posted in Niko's blog on 24 July 2016

Happy Birthday Power BI

Well today marks the one year anniversary since the initial release of Power BI.  We all have watched this product mature from a small infant to what we see today in an amazing Business Intelligence solution.  To the Power BI product team and those that support the product keep up… Read more

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Posted in SQLDownSouth on 24 July 2016

Happy Birthday Power BI

Today marks the first anniversary of Power BI Desktop and the Power BI Service.  The effort to achieve this milestone and the on-going commitment of the teams responsible for this product is nothing short of phenomenal.  Earlier this week, I reached out to a few friends to join me in…

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Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 24 July 2016

I’m speaking at the first ever SQL Saturday San Antonio on 8/13/16!

San Antonio is such a great city with a lot to see and do, such as the Alamo and the river walk. I’m excited to be speaking at their very first SQL Saturday!!

My session is on troubleshooting and monitoring storage, including SAN, flash, and in Azure. If you ever… Read more

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Posted in Confessions of a Microsoft Addict on 23 July 2016

Thank You SQL Saturday Sioux Falls!

I just finished giving my SQL Saturday presentation on "Getting Started with Extended Events" at SQLSaturday Sioux Falls.  The audience was great with some multiple questions and follow-ups, so it was awesome!

The sessions have been informative and the event team has done a wonderful job with all of…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 23 July 2016

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