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Recently I’ve become quite interested in the latest incarnation of Azure SQL Database.
For those that are unaware of some of the latest developments of this product, there was a new preview portal opened up towards the end of 2014.
This latest offering – know as version… Read more
As I mentioned in my original post, Exploring Excel 2013 as Microsoft’s BI Client, I will be posting tips regularly about using Excel 2013 and later. Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs. In order to not… Read more
I’m excited that I’ve been asked to be back involved for another year in the Friends of Red Gate program. This program allows influential community members, community bloggers, MVP’s and intuitive minds an inside track on helping with pre-existing and existing utilities that Red Gate has in their arsenal.
I… Read more
It’s official, I am in Friends Of Redgate for 2015!
Ok, the last few months have been an absolute whirlwind of activity for me. Back in October I was recognized by Microsoft by joining the ranks of the SQL MVPs out there, and now Redgate has added me to the… Read more
The secrete SQLFile.sql
We are all so used to clicking on the New Query icon (or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N). We know it will open a new query window in SSMS, an empty query window that is, but many of us never knew that something else was designed to happen… Read more
T-SQL – Find Number of Rows of Database(s) tables Using Undocumented Procedure – sp_MSforeachdb and sp_MSforeachtable
On Technet forum, Op was looking for a way to get table cardinality for all databases in an instance. There are many ways to get the result. This post gives you an idea and SQL in which undocumented SP’s being called “sp_MSforeachdb and sp_MSforeachtable”.
The above undocumented SP’s iterate through… Read more
I wanted to find out how many SQL Saturday’s I’d spoken at and how I ranked with others. I got a spreadsheet from Kendal Van Dyke at one point, but it was quickly out of date. However Kendal mentioned that there was an XML document on the site, and I… Read more
Commercial database systems like SQL server have many recovery mechanisms to restore data hardware or software failure. Checkpoints are part of such recovery mechanism.SQL Server Database Engine is programmed to perform changes or modifications to database pages in buffer cache (memory) first and after some processing the modification are written… Read more
Omaha’s next SQL Saturday event, #397, is now live and scheduled for May 23rd, 2015, at Mammel Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
Parents, you know that feeling you get after you’ve brought home that brand new baby (or in my case, babies) where you suddenly say to yourself, “Oh damn. What have I done?” Yeah, that’s my feeling after my first board meeting. But let me give you a run-through of how… Read more
I wanted to start this series in regards to impact players that go above and beyond in the SQL Community. Coming from a sports background this resonates well with me and by the end of the year will have a 12 person roster.
I get asked a lot when I… Read more
Every month SQL Judo (Russ Thomas) (b/t) challenges us to do his Monthly DBA Challenge. I’ve decided it would be fun (and good practice) to do them. Another major benefit is that it will force me to move out of my normal comfort zone. For… Read more
If you’re an IT manager, the first thing I’d like to tell you is how invested Microsoft is in SQL Server. While earlier incarnations of executive leadership focused in other areas (anyone remember “Developers! Developers! Developers!”?), Microsoft’s new leadership is very bullish on SQL Server. And, why not? After… Read more
SSRS Farm Overview
Building a SSRS farm will require Enterprise or Business Intelligence editions of SQL Server for versions 2012 and 2014. SQL Server allows for the deployment of 2 or more servers running SQL Server Reporting Services to increase the performance of your reporting environment.
SSRS stores its data… Read more
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Syntax for CONVERT function
CONVERT ( data_type [ ( length ) ] , expression [ , style ] )
Convert functions is usually used with date/time data type to convert a date in different formats. Below examples…