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Richard Macaskill

Clone, Sweet Clone: Database Provisioning Made Easy?

One of the difficulties of designing a completely different type of development tool such as SQL Clone is that you have to explain what it is for, but when its use is open-ended it can be exciting to see the novel uses that come out of the early-access program. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

SSIS in SSDT: The Basics

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a fast and reliable way of importing and exporting data, but it can be tricky to learn, initially. Rob Sheldon provides a beginner's guide to get you started with using SSIS with Visual Studio and SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) Read more...

Grant Fritchey

Database Lifecycle Management: Deployment and Release

So often, the unexpected delays in delivering database code are more likely to happen after the developers initiate the release process. The necessary checks and tests can turn up surprises: The handover process can expose deficiencies. With good teamwork, planning and forethought, though, the process can be made almost painless Read more...

William Brewer

Planning for a Successful Database Lifecycle

Although it is well-known that the best efforts of a development team can be derailed by mistakes in the architecture, design and general governance of a development project, few attempts have been made to describe what needs to be done to increase the chances of success in the development of a database application. William Brewer steps into the breach to itemise what a delivery team needs to succeed. Read more...

Joshua Feierman

3 Built-In Technologies for Centralizing SQL Server Administration

DBAs can be more effective in managing their workload by centralizing their procedures. There are several features of SQL server that can be harnessed to this end: PowerShell is only part of the solution: there is also Central Management Server, Master /Target Agent and the Remote Server Administration Tools. It's time to work out your objectives and pick the most suitable technologies to meet them. Read more...

Dennes Torres

5 Monitoring Queries for SQL Server

Every DBA squirrels away favourite queries for monitoring SQL Server. Nowadays many of these are too complex to keep in your head. Dennes describes how he uses T-SQL queries for solving problems, whether it involves fixing the problems of missing indexes, preventing unrestrained autogrowth, avoiding index fragmentation, checking whether jobs have failed or avoiding memory stress conditions. Read more...

Laerte Junior

The PoSh DBA: Accessing SQL Server from PowerShell

The worst part for a DBA of getting started with PowerShell is often just figuring out the best way of working with SQL Server. The most suitable approach to accessing SQL Server depends on the sort of task you need to produce a script for. Laerte Junior aims at a simple guide to the most common approaches and when to use them. Read more...

Hitendra Patel

Dynamic Images in SQL Server Reporting Services

It is relatively easy to provide a smart BI solution when your customer has all the resources for a new hardware and software platform, but it takes ingenuity to provide an effective simple solution requiring data-driven pictorial information on a range of template diagrams with just an existing platform of SQL Server, Reporting Services and .NET. Read more...

Phil Factor

How to Build and Deploy a Database from Object-Level Source in a VCS

It is easy for someone who is developing a database to shrug and say 'if only my budget would extend to buying fancy tools, then I could start using version control when developing or maintaining databases'. Phil Factor sets out to show that there are ways of maintaining object-level source control for SQL Server databases just using what Microsoft provides, It may not be perfect, but there are ways of doing it whatever your budget. Read more...

Feodor Georgiev

Predictive Analysis Basics

Statistics holds out the promise of teasing out significant relationships and to determine cause and effect. Now that so much data is easily available, does that mean that we can at last harness these techniques to predict future trends and outcomes? Feodor gives an introduction to some simple techniques of predictive analytics, and explains the 'whys', 'hows' and 'wherefores'. Read more...

Knut Jürgensen

Master Data Management (MDM): Help or Hindrance?

Knut Jürgensen shares his experiences, both positive and negative, with regard to the function that Master Data Management fulfils within a company. Too often this critical aspect of a business is overlooked or pushed aside without paying it the attention it deserves based on the cost benefits available. Read more...

Joe Celko

Looking at VIEWs, Close Up

Views in SQL can be difficult. It isn't easy to judge when to use them, It isn't always obvious how to determine if a view can be indexed or if it is updateable. Joe Celko takes a tricky topic and comes up with some helpful guidelines. Read more...

Joshua Feierman

The Enterprise DBA Mindset as a Practical Problem-solving Approach

In order to keep the demands of the job under control, any DBA needs to automate as many as possible of the suitable tasks that their role demands. What makes a task suitable? How do you judge whether it is worthwhile? Can we take a 'managed', consistent, decision? Joshua Feierman explains the practicalities with a real example. Read more...

Murilo Miranda

In-Memory OLTP - Row Structure and Indexes

There are several decisions to be made when designing indexes for Memory-optimized tables in In-Memory OLTP, and to make the best choice, it pays to understand something about the nature and usage of memory-optimised indexes. Murilo Miranda continues his series by explaining how such an index is unlike a conventional index Read more...

Murilo Miranda

In-Memory OLTP – Understanding Memory-Optimized Tables

How do you get started with In-memory OLTP? Murilo Miranda first advises on the setup of the server and the other prerequisites, and, after explaining about the two alternative types of memory-optimised table and their stucture, then provides sufficient explanation to enable you to create your first Memory-optimised table Read more...

Phil Factor

Automatically Creating UML Database Diagrams for SQL Server

SQL Server database developers seem reluctant to use diagrams when documenting their databases. It is probably because it has, in the past, been difficult to automatically draw precisely what you want, other than a vast Entity-relationship diagram. However, you can do it without buying any third-party tool, just using some existing Java-based open-source tools; and can even automate it entirely, using SQL and PowerShell. Read more...

Feodor Georgiev

SQL Server Security Audit Basics

SQL Server Server Audit has grown in functionality over the years but it can be tricky to maintain and use because it lacks centralization and analysis tools. It can do a fast and lightweight audit of many different activities including DML and DDL at both Instance and Database Levels - even the work of the DBAs. How do you check logins and permissions? How do you script an enterprise-wide audit solution? How can you hope to analyse the log data you get? Feodor gets you started. Read more...

Enrico van de Laar

The SQL Server 2016 Query Store: Analyzing Query Store Performance

There are some obvious advantages to having the Query Store, but what is the performance impact that it is likely to have on a busy OLTP database server? It is early days, of course and until we get more experience we have to rely on Microsoft's estimate of a performance impact of 3-5% on average. However, this will depend on a number of factors such as usage an the way it is configured. Enrico explores some of these factors in order to give a clearer picture of what you should expect. Read more...

Artemakis Artemiou

Implementing SQL Server In-Memory OLTP

How do you go about transferring a disk-based workload to the respective memory-optimized design? How do you process memory-optimized tables? How important for performance are natively-compiled Stored Procedures? Artemakis Artemiou comes up with a step-by-step guide to implementing an in-memory OLTP solution. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

SQL Server System Functions: The Basics

Every SQL Server Database programmer needs to be familiar with the System Functions. These range from the sublime (such as @@rowcount or @@identity) to the ridiculous (IsNumeric()) Robert Sheldon provides an overview of the most commonly used of them. Read more...

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