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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: September 2013

Manage your SQL Server databases with SQL DMVs

Microsoft ships SQL Server with several built-in tools that database administrators (DBAs) can use to manage their SQL Server environment. With SQL Server 2005, Microsoft introduced SQL dynamic management views, or DMVs, as well as dynamic management functions, or DMFs. They provide plenty of information about server and database state,… Read more

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Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 17 September 2013

Understanding SQL Query Optimization – (Part 1)

Most of the activity of the database server is related to queries. Because of this, query optimization is often a major concern. SQL Server tries to optimize query performance itself, but its effectiveness in this may be influenced by several problems. Indexes and poorly designed queries can lead to unacceptable… Read more

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Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 17 September 2013

Guide to SQL Server Table Indexes – (Part 4)

Checkout the part-4 of my five part article series on Guide to SQL Server Table Indexes here, in which you will learn about index design, and the suitable candidates for index key and non-key columns. I this article, you will also learn about various SQL Server indexes options, such… Read more

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Planning for Recovery

A database server is generally a mission critical component. Having a recovery plan is essential to ensure the business can continue to function in case of hardware failure, natural disaster, or other catastrophe.

A backup server or a standby server (using Database Mirroring, AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances, AlwaysOn Failover Groups… Read more

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Understanding SSIS Package Configurations

Managing changes to environment dependent variables is common and critical in any ETL application, especially during deployment of SSIS packages. This is because they need to be modified appropriately to ensure smooth deployment of ETL application. SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) provides package configurations that help you to manage such… Read more

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Understanding SQL Server Full-text Indexing – (Part 2)

Checkout the final part of this two part article series here, in which I discussed how to create full-text index using Transact-SQL, and how to manage and optimize full-text search catalogs and indexes.

This article is published on SSWUG.org.


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Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 17 September 2013

Understanding SQL Server Full-text Indexing – (Part 1)

SQL Server allows applications and users to execute full- text search queries against character based data in SQL Server tables. Full-text search is applicable in wide-range of business scenarios. You use full-text search to create queries that search for a word or phrase in a column. You can use full-text… Read more

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Posted in Basit's SQL Server Tips on 17 September 2013