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Basit's SQL Server Tips

Basit Farooq is a Lead Database Administrator, Trainer and Technical Author. He has more than a decade of IT experience in development, technical training and database administration on Microsoft SQL Server platforms. Basit has authored numerous SQL Server technical articles, and developed and implemented many successful database infrastructure, data warehouse and business intelligence projects. He holds a master's degree in computer science from London Metropolitan University, and industry standard certifications from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Brainbench, Prosoft and APM, including MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2005, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

Archives: January 2013

Find the (available) amount of memory available to SQL Server (instance / machine)

From time to time, I see the following question posted on various SQL forums asking how we can determine the (available / assigned) amount of memory for an SQL Server instance / machine. As we understand that there is no common script or procedure, which we can use in all… Read more

6 comments, 3,276 reads

Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 14 January 2013

Partitioning Relational Data – (Part – 1)

A common requirement for dealing with large datasets is the ability to split the data into smaller blocks to help improve performance. Performance degradation is evident once the tables reach larger sizes, and therefore, it is sometimes appropriate to break large tables using a process called partitioning or horizontal partitioning,… Read more

0 comments, 941 reads

Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 8 January 2013

XML schema (XSD)

When creating XML documents, you must work from a design that defines the structure of the document. This strengthens the structure and design. If you need to send the document to others, especially from other companies, they need the document format. Without a formal design of the XML document format,… Read more

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Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 8 January 2013

sp_spaceused system-stored procedure

You can use the sp_spaceused system-stored procedure to return space usage information about a database or a table within a database. The syntax for this procedure is:

sp_spaceused [@objectname=['objectname']]

You use the objectname parameter to enter the name of a table, indexed view, or Service… Read more

1 comments, 1,295 reads

Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 2 January 2013