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What is a Database Master Key?

The encryption mechanisms in SQL Server are interesting, and they work well, but they are somewhat poorly named. I ran across a few people struggling to understand, so I decided to cover the concepts in a series of posts. This one looks at the Database Master Key (DMK).

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 January 2017

Webinar: Introducing Minion CheckDB!

Minion CheckDB will be available for download on February 1, 2017! In celebration, we’re having a Minion CheckDB webinar on Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 PM, and, another Minion CheckDB webinar on Friday, February 3 at 12:00 PM. And, we will be giving away 3 licenses of Minion Enterprise to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 January 2017

Help me raise money for cancer research #tourneeminerale

In Belgium, a national campaign is launched to raise money for cancer research: #TourneeMinerale. In this campaign, people can be sponsored for not drinking alcohol for the whole month of February 2017. This sponsor money is donated to the national cancer research center. The name of the campaign – Tournée… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 19 January 2017

SQL Server - Monitoring Table Size

There are many situations when we want to know the size of our database tables or just need a list of largest tables. The simplest way to get these details is use SQL Server Standard Report. Please refer the below screen shots to generate Standard report.This Report provides the fair…

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Posted in Help on MSBI on 19 January 2017

Speaking at PowerShell Virtual Group of PASS

This month I’ll be speaking to the PowerShell Virtual Chapter of PASS. The session is on Linux OS Fundamentals for the SQL Admin. At the core of the session we will introduce you to OS concepts like managing files and file systems, installation packages, using PowerShell on Linux,… Read more

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Posted in Anthony Nocentino's Blog on 19 January 2017

SQL Server 2016 Bug in R Integration?

 

I am studying the latest R integration with SQL Server 2016, and I believe I encounter a bug when using sp_execute_external_script. So here is the re-play of the bug;

If I run the following code, I will get an error.

 

-- this will return an error

exec…

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Posted in DBA Philosophy on 19 January 2017

Attending VTUG at Gillette Stadium Tomorrow

If you’re in the Boston area tomorrow, I urge you to go to this year’s Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) Winter Warmer event tomorrow at Gillette Stadium. It’s better than a regional VMUG, and not just VMware specific. It’s covering all things infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud, and it’s held… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 18 January 2017

Why Use Red Gate’s SQL Multi Script?

Someone once told me at the shop that we have plenty of software utilities laying around that could be very useful that no one is utilizing. I got to thinking about that from a DBA standpoint; we are fortunate enough to have the Tool Belt from Red Gate and with… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 18 January 2017

Using Out-GridView To Pick Parameters–#SQLNewBlogger

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

I was editing an article on PoSh and learned something cool. I can use Grid-View to surface an object in a pipeline and then change the items… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2017

Scheduling Statistics Maintenance in Azure SQL Data Warehouse

The power and capabilities of Azure SQL Data Warehouse are pretty amazing. However, it’s still basically SQL Server under the covers. SQL Server still needs maintenance and one type of maintenance is keeping statistics up to date. Statistics maintenance is doubly important within Azure SQL Data Warehouse because statistics are… Read more

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Posted in The Scary DBA on 18 January 2017

PowerShell Virtual Group of PASS January Newsletter

We spend way too much time each month drafting the newsletters for the PowerShell Group of PASS.  But hey, we’re database people, not email mavens, and the newsletter does go out to over 4,000...

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Posted in SQLvariant on 18 January 2017

Lead Blocker

Blocking is just part of life I’m afraid. Because we have locks (and yes we have to have them, and no, NOLOCK doesn’t avoid them) we will have blocking. Typically it’s going to be very brief and you won’t even notice it. But sometimes you get a query or… Read more

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Posted in SQLStudies on 18 January 2017

Data Channel - Interview 03 - Hamish Watson on DevOps and Azure


Dear All,

After a short break, we are back with the 3rd interview on #DataChannel. Mr.Hamish Watson, Community Lead from Christchurch, New Zealand discusses "DevOps Practices and Azure" with me.  Had a great time as always talking technology with the ever awesome Hamish. Interview recording provided below




Interview transcript to…

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Posted in SQL and SQL Only on 18 January 2017

Steps to Configure SQL Server to Listen On A Specific TCP Port

Management of the database is very much essential in today’s date and for doing this, there is a need to have a platform. SQL Server is one such platform to manage the database in a relational manner. It was developed by Microsoft and operated by many users, especially in different… Read more

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Posted in Zora's SQL Tips on 18 January 2017

SQL database built-in intelligence

I sometimes forget that Microsoft watches out for us by proactively looking at the behaviour of our SQL databases in Azure. SQL database has built-in intelligence and with that intelligence it may recommend an elastic pool setup if it’s more … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 18 January 2017

SQL Saturday 582 Melbourne (11 Feb 2017) and Ignite 2017 (14-17 Feb 2017)

For those not aware there are 2 cool local and national events coming to both Melbourne and Gold Coast

  • SQL Saturday 582 (Sat 11 Feb 2017).  Melbourne.  For those looking for some great free local SQL (and related!) learning, you simply cannot go past a SQL Saturday anywhere in…

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Posted in Mr. Fox SQL on 17 January 2017

Publish Power BI Reports to SSRS On-premise Preview Now Available

This just in from the Reporting Services product team: “Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services: January 2017 Technical Preview now available”  This feature addition will allow Power BI reports to be published to a local SQL Server Reporting Services server, entirely-on-premises without using the Power BI cloud service.…

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Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 17 January 2017

Joint OPASS/MagicPASS Meeting Tomorrow Night (January 18, 2017)

Grant Fritchey will be presenting Faster Provisioning with SQL Clone and Denny Cherry is presenting Optimizing SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment. The event is being held at Nova Southeastern in Orlando. Register (Free) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sql-sons-of-beaches-tour-tickets-30043366518. Hope to see you there!

 


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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 January 2017

Team Collaboration with Microsoft OneNote

I was an early adopter of Microsoft’s OneNote and started using it in February of 2004 and have never stopped. I love it for the simplicity of use and ease of collaborating with a team. Team collaboration with Microsoft OneNote is a huge productivity gain and one of the main… Read more

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Posted in Marc Beacom on 17 January 2017

Power BI Subscriptions

Newly added to the Power BI Service is a much awaited feature called Power BI Subscriptions. If you’ve worked in Microsoft BI in the past this idea is likely familiar to you. This new feature shares some similarities to Subscriptions in Microsoft Reporting Services.

The idea of subscriptions is to… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 17 January 2017

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