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Bullett Manale

Webcast - SQL Doctor Expert Recommendations Now Integrated in SQL Diagnostic Manager

Learn about the types of indexes that can be created and how to proactively choose the right indexes for your systems, and how to find missing and inefficient indexes on an existing instances of SQL Server.

Author: Bullett Manale



Manvendra Singh

Rename SQL Server physical database files using T-SQL

In a previous tip, I demonstrated how to rename physical database files for a SQL Server database using the GUI. In this tip, I will demonstrate how to do this using T-SQL.

Author: Manvendra Singh



Eli Leiba

Create a SQL Server InitCap Function

You want to create a SQL Server T-SQL function similar to Oracle's INITCAP PL/SQL function that returns a string with the first letter of each word in upper-case and all the other letters in lower-case.

Author: Eli Leiba



MSSQLTips

Get up to speed on SQL Server 2016

Learn about all of the new SQL Server 2016 features from the MSSQLTips.com Team.

Author: MSSQLTips



Arshad Ali

SQL Server CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY

SQL Server 2005 introduced the APPLY operator, which is very much like a join clause and which allows joining between two table expressions i.e. joining a left/outer table expression with a right/inner table expression. The difference between join and APP

Author: Arshad Ali



Basit Farooq

How to migrate a SQL Server database to a lower version

After recently upgrading a SQL Server instance to SQL Server 2012 a few days ago, you noticed that your application is not functioning properly. You decided to roll back the upgrade by downgrading the SQL Server database engine to SQL Server 2008 R2. Aft

Author: Basit Farooq



Arshad Ali

Importing and Processing data from XML files into SQL Server tables

In my last article, I talked about how you can use an FTP task in SSIS to download files from an FTP server. But what if the file you have downloaded is an XML file and you need to import this data from the XML file into a SQL Server table? In this tip we

Author: Arshad Ali



SolarWinds

Whitepaper - SQL Server Query Tuning - A 12-Step Program

This paper demystifies query tuning by providing a rigorous 12-step process that database professionals at any level can use to systematically assess and adjust query performance, starting from the basics and moving to advanced query tuning techniques.

Author: SolarWinds



Edgewood Solutions

MSSQLTips.com 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

On June 5, 2006 MSSQLTips.com started with just one tip in an effort to offer solutions to real world SQL Server problems. Ten years later, we never expected MSSQLTips.com to grow into a global community of millions of SQL Server Professionals.

Author: Edgewood Solutions



Siddharth Mehta

Create Project from a Deployed SSAS Tabular Database

You need to create project files for a SSAS tabular database deployed on a SSAS Tabular Instance, but you don't have access to the project source for some reason. Creating an entire project from scratch that reflects the deployed database is not an option

Author: Siddharth Mehta



John Miner

Calculate Geographical Coding and Time Zone for an Address in SQL Server with PowerShell, T-SQL and Google Maps

Learn how to calculate geographical coding and time zone for an address in SQL Server with PowerShell and T-SQL code with Google Maps.

Author: John Miner



SolarWinds

Guide to SQL Server Performance Management with Extended Events

Microsoft SQL Server Extended Events, a replacement for SQL Trace, provides a useful and very customizable framework for managing very technical, low-level event information about a SQL Server database and its instances. However...

Author: SolarWinds



Simon Liew

SQL Server COUNT() Function Performance Comparison

This tip will explain the differences between the following COUNT function varieties: COUNT(*) vs. COUNT(1) vs. COUNT(column_name) to determine if there is a performance difference.

Author: Simon Liew



Aaron Bertrand

Drop and Re-Create All Foreign Key Constraints in SQL Server

You may have been in a scenario where you need to quickly generate a script to drop and then subsequently re-create all of the foreign keys in a database. In this tip I provide a script to do this for you.

Author: Aaron Bertrand



Sergey Gigoyan

Compare SQL Server NOLOCK and READPAST Table Hints

Compare the SQL Server NOLOCK and READPAST table hints with step by step examples to show which data is deleted, returned in results sets and locked.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Ahmad Yaseen

Auto Update Statistics Enhancement in SQL Server 2016

In older versions of SQL Server a large amount of data changes needed to occur to trigger auto update statistics. In SQL Server 2016 this has been changed.

Author: Ahmad Yaseen



Koen Verbeeck

Create a basic KPI in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016

We are using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016. I'd like to create a key performance indicator (KPI) to track the status of my orders. I'd also like to show this KPI on any mobile device. Read this tip to learn how.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Eli Leiba

Validate a SQL Server Backup can be Restored

We need to programmatically validate our SQL Server database backups are not corrupted and that the backup can be successfully restored. We have limited storage and time so we are unable to actually restore the database. Are there any options to validate

Author: Eli Leiba



SIOS Technology

Whitepaper - SQL Server HA and DR: A Strategy To Reduce Costs

In this free white paper, SQL expert, Joey D’Antoni discusses the costs associated with high availability and disaster protection in a SQL Server environment.

Author: SIOS Technology



Dallas Snider

Load SQL Server T-SQL Query Results to Hadoop Using Sqoop

I need to load the results from a SQL Server T-SQL query to a Hadoop Distributed File System. How can I do this? How can I validate the data was loaded correctly?

Author: Dallas Snider



Artemakis Artemiou

Simple Experiment with SQL Server In-Memory OLTP is 79 Times Faster

In this tip I will present a simple, yet comprehensive example of workload processing that was optimized using SQL Server In-Memory OLTP which led to a performance boost up to 79x times faster processing over disk-based execution.

Author: Artemakis Artemiou



Edgewood Solutions

MSSQLTips.com 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

On June 5, 2006 MSSQLTips.com started with just one tip in an effort to offer solutions to real world SQL Server problems. Ten years later, as we look back, we never expected MSSQLTips.com to grow into a global community of millions of SQL Server Professi

Author: Edgewood Solutions



Rajendra Gupta

SQL Server DBCC CLONEDATABASE Example

Microsoft has recently released SQL server 2014 SP2 in which a new DBCC command - DBCC CLONEDATABASE is introduced. I found this command very useful and interesting too. In this tip we will explore the functionality of DBCC CLONEDATABASE.

Author: Rajendra Gupta



Simon Liew

SQL Server COUNT() Function Performance Comparison

This tip will explain the differences between the following COUNT function varieties: COUNT(*) vs. COUNT(1) vs. COUNT(column_name) to determine if there is a performance difference.

Author: Simon Liew



Rajendra Gupta

SQL Server 2016 Sample Workload Tools

Along with the new sample databases for SQL Server 2016, Microsoft also introduced new tools to mimic sample workloads to further explore the functionality. In this tip we will explore these sample workload tools.

Author: Rajendra Gupta



Daniel Farina

Recover a SQL Server database prior to database changes

You are about to deploy a critical change in your application databases. The code is enclosed in a transaction, but even when the code commits successfully there may be an issue which will require you to restore the database to the point before the change

Author: Daniel Farina



Tim Smith

Use PowerShell to Determine the number DML operations in SQL Server Scripts

Use PowerShell to determine the number DML operations (insert, update, delete, truncate, drop, etc.) in SQL Server scripts.

Author: Tim Smith



K. Brian Kelley

New On-Demand Webcast - Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs Across Your SQL Server Farm

In this webinar we'll look at how to manage the menagerie of multiple SQL Server Agent jobs on multiple SQL Servers.

Author: K. Brian Kelley









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