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Cloud Services for the DBA

A critical part of any DBA's role is implementing the systems that will improve in the long term their organization's guardianship, use and understanding of its data. Too often, however, this gets lost in the fog of immediate and urgent tasks. Gareth Marlow explains why he believes Cloud services will play an increasingly prominent role in helping DBAs achieve their strategic goals.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/12/06 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: cloud services
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Moving Large Table to Different File Group

How to Move Large Table to Different File Group  Read more...
By Raj Gujar 2013/12/06 (first published: 2008/10/16) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: administration
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Partitioned Views

A look at Partitioned Views, their advantages, disadvantages backed up by examples and statistics.  Read more...
By Brian Ellul 2013/12/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: partitioned views
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SQLServerCentral apologizes and you can win a book

After a plagiarized article this week, a content for you.  Read more...
By Press Release 2013/12/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sqlservercentral
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Mike Eastland frequently restores production databases to various development servers. The drive layouts between the servers are almost never the same. He is constantly shuffling files on his development servers due to space constraints, which in turn breaks the automated restore scripts because the MOVE clauses are invalidated. Does he have to use the MOVE clause every time he does a restore?  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/12/05 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: restore
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Getting Started with Microsoft Power Query for Excel

Power Query, provided as part of Microsoft Power BI self-service solution, is an Excel add-in that can be used for data discovery, reshaping the data and combining data coming from different sources. Power Query is one of Excel add-ins. Read on to learn how to install and get started using it.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/12/04 | Source: Database Journal | Category: power query
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Free eBook: Defensive Database Programming

Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment.  Read more...
By Press Release 2018/05/30 (first published: 2013/08/28) | Source: Redgate | Category: defensive programming
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Stairway to DAX and Power BI - Level 5: The DAX ISBLANK() Function

Business Intelligence architect, Analysis Services Maestro, and author Bill Pearson exposes the DAX ISBLANK() function, and then provides some hands-on exposure to its use, particularly in combination with other DAX functions, in managing empty values underlying our PowerPivot model designs.  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2013/12/04 (first published: 2013/05/09) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Helping Streamline Log Shipping Failovers

Using Log Shipping? Looking for a more automated way to fail over during a disaster? Read on...  Read more...
By Micah Nikkel 2013/12/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: log shipping
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SQL Monitor Metric: Processes in a runnable state (scheduler query)

Use this script in SQL Monitor to determine the general load on the operating system you can get a count of the processes that are in a runnable state. This value will go up and down as various systems run on the operating system. It’s only a measure of load on the system and won’t indicate the cause of problems, but will show you pressure on the system.   Read more...
By Press Release 2013/12/03 | Source: SQL Monitor Metrics | Category: monitoring
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Lessons Learned from Six Years of Agile Database Development

Alex Kuznetsov describes the agile principles, techniques and tools that allowed his development team to make frequent database refactoring a reality, without disrupting users. He explains how this allowed his team to apply an iterative, evolutionary approach to the design and development of their databases, as well as applications.   Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/12/03 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: agile database techniques
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Getting Ready for Big Data: Prepping the Data Warehouse

Big Data implementations bring their own problems and issues, and will require database administrators and support staff to redesign the data warehouse architecture. Here's how.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2013/12/02 | Source: Database Journal | Category: big data
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High-Performance Transact-SQL with Window Functions

Window functions are more intuitive and simpler in many cases than alternative SQL methods.  Read more...
By Kamil Moscicki 2013/12/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql performance
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