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Allan Hirt

Achieving Availability with Hybrid SQL Server Architectures

Attend this webinar and learn how to extend your SQL Server on-premises infrastructure to the cloud to increase availability and for disaster recovery.

Author: Allan Hirt



Mohammed Moinudheen

Azure VM Backup File Restore

In this article we look at the steps to follow to do an Azure file recovery.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Erica Woods

How to Follow Up on a Job Application

Have you ever sent a job application and never got any response from the company? Read this tip to learn how make sure someone sees your application and resume.

Author: Erica Woods



Rick Dobson

Artificial Intelligence Programming with T-SQL for Time Series Data

This tip demonstrates how to specify, build, and evaluate an AI model using T-SQL to find a stock buy price that is less than one or more sell prices for a stock symbol.

Author: Rick Dobson



Sergey Gigoyan

Install SQL Server Integration Services in Visual Studio 2019

Learn the step by step process to install SQL Server 2019 Integration Services in Visual Studio as well as the history for the tool.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Kenneth A. Omorodion

Power BI Incremental Refresh for SQL Sources

In this article we look at the incremental refresh feature when working with Power BI data sources and how to implement for your reports.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion



Nai Biao Zhou

Discovering Insights in SQL Server Data with Statistical Hypothesis Testing

In this article we cover several elements of statistical hypothesis testing and how this can be done with SQL Server.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou



Ian Fogelman

SQL Server CDC Stored Procedure Alternative

In this article we look at a T-SQL script that can be used to identify and move data that has changed from one table to another table.

Author: Ian Fogelman



Haroon Ashraf

Troubleshooting and Debugging SSIS Error Output - Part 2

In this article we look at to easily debug an SSIS package that has an error handler in place so we can get detailed information about the errors.

Author: Haroon Ashraf



Koen Verbeeck

Snowflake Tutorial

In this tutorial we will go over the basics of Snowflake, introducing the product and features which makes it stand out against its competitors. We look at how to load and query data as well as how to use Power BI to create reports using the Snowflake...

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Matteo Lorini

Quick Start Guide for Data Science with SQL Server and R Services

In this tip we look at how to get R services up and running with SQL Server and run a simple script to test the installation.

Author: Matteo Lorini



Joe Gavin

Automate Database Restore for SQL Server

In this article we look at how to automate a SQL Server database restore using a PowerShell script.

Author: Joe Gavin



Jeremy Kadlec

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server

With the time constraints SQL Server DBAs face to resolve performance issues, they need a tool to support business critical applications. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is an end to end tool to collect data and recommend corrections.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



SIOS

Secrets to Fast, Easy High Availability for SQL Server in Amazon Web Services

Moving SQL Server from an on-premises data center to a public cloud such as AWS can enable your business to be more agile and more responsive to changing market requirements and customer needs.

Author: SIOS



Aaron Bertrand

SQL Server Date Video Tutorial

In this video tutorial we will look at the different data types that SQL Server offers for storing date and times in a database table. We will compare the differences for the data types as well as do a storage test to determine the difference...

Author: Aaron Bertrand



Atul Gaikwad

How to Restore Azure SQL LTR Backup After Azure SQL Instance Deleted

Learn the step by step process including PowerShell code to restore an Azure SQL LTR backup after the Azure SQL instance has been deleted.

Author: Atul Gaikwad



Jeremy Kadlec

Melissa Data Quality Solutions for SSIS

For organizations relying on the SQL Server, Melissa's solutions directly integrate with SSIS, so the learning curve is minimal. You can drag and drop Melissa components in SSIS to validate, cleanse, append and enhance data.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Eric Blinn

SQL Server MSDB Database Tutorial

In this tutorial we will cover common questions related to the SQL Server msdb database. This is one of the standard system databases that are part of every SQL Server installation. This tutorial will give you a better idea of what the msdb database...

Author: Eric Blinn



Fikrat Azizov

Terminate Long Running Azure Analysis Services Refresh Using Logic App - Part 4

Learn the Logic App steps and JSON code to terminate a long running Azure Analysis Services Refresh.

Author: Fikrat Azizov



Koen Verbeeck

How to Add SQL Server Integration Services Projects to Azure Devops for Version Control

In this tip we will focus on using Azure Devops to manage an Integration Services (SSIS) project.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Jeremy Kadlec

Optimize SQL Server estate monitoring with Redgate's SQL Monitor

How can we balance our need to monitor SQL Server performance and operational processes across hundreds of SQL Servers, but also save time by focusing on the highest priority issues?

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Ron L'Esteve

How to Ace an Azure Data Engineer Interview

In this article we look at several aspects of Azure that can help you prepare for an Azure Data Engineer interview.

Author: Ron L'Esteve



Alejandro Cobar

SQL Server Backup Monitoring with PowerShell

In this part of the series we look at how to use the PowerShell monitoring scripts to collect backup information from your monitored instances.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Edwin Sarmiento

Install SQL Server 2017 on Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster - Part 1

This tip will focus on installing and configuring a SQL Server 2017 failover clustered instance on a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Bit Data Type

Learn about the SQL Server bit data type storage, coding and testing to validate results from your T-SQL programming.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Mircea Dragan

Compare SQL Server Databases - Part 2

I need to programmatically compare SQL Server tables, columns, indexes and constraints between databases to determine what is the same, differences and additions. How can this be accomplished?

Author: Mircea Dragan



Alejandro Cobar

SQL Server Agent Job Monitoring with PowerShell

In this part of the series we look at how to use the PowerShell monitoring scripts to collect SQL Agent job information from all monitored servers.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Koen Verbeeck

Power BI Best Practices

In this article we look at various best practices when working with Power BI such as data modeling, DAX and importing data.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Ryan Kennedy

Getting Started with Azure Databricks

Learn about the power of Azure Databricks as a single interface for your Data Engineers to write ETL, your Data Analysts to write ad hoc queries, your Data Scientists to build machine learning models, and much more. This is all done using the languages they are comfortable with (Python, SQL, Scala, R), and seamlessly integrating with many different data sources, both on-premises and in the cloud.

Author: Ryan Kennedy



Rick Dobson

Analyze Relationship Between Two Time Series in SQL Server

This tip shows how to identify a pattern among a set of exponential moving averages and then evaluate the association of that pattern to changes in the underlying time series values.

Author: Rick Dobson



Alejandro Cobar

Monitoring SQL Server with PowerShell Instance Data Collection

In this part of the series we look at scripts that can capture instance level data for SQL Server instances being monitored.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Ray Barley

How to Use SQL Server Coalesce to Work with NULL Values

COALESCE is one of the tools you have in SQL Server to work with NULL values. It may not be the first one you think of, but it can be a very good choice. In this tip I will provide examples of how you can use COALESCE to peacefully coexist with NULL values.

Author: Ray Barley



Alejandro Cobar

Monitoring SQL Server with PowerShell Core Object Setup

In this series of tips we will introduce PowerShell scripts with T-SQL code that can be used to monitor your SQL Server environment. This first set of scripts creates the core objects needed for this solution.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Concepts

Learn about the core concepts in SQL Server to build your skill set including the architecture, database design, development, administration and more.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Jeremy Kadlec

Improve the Data Quality for Healthcare, Clinical and Life Sciences Projects with Melissa Informatics

All companies fundamentally have the need to improve data quality for decision making. For healthcare, clinical and life sciences organizations, merging, reconciling and enhancing data is challenging for electronic medical records, clinical trials and pharmaceutical applications. How can the technology teams at healthcare and life sciences organizations adopt a framework to improve the data quality for complex data sets for the medical professionals they support?

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Mohammed Moinudheen

Restore File Shares using Azure Recovery Services Vault

In this article we look at how to restore file shares and individual files using Azure Recovery Vault to both the original location and to an alternate location.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Edwin Sarmiento

Slipstream Installation of Service Packs and Cumulative Updates on SQL Server 2016 and Higher

How do I go about slipstreaming service packs or cumulative updates when installing SQL Server 2016 and higher?

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Kenneth A. Omorodion

Calculate Percentage Growth Over Time with Power BI

In this tip we look at how to create visualizations in Power BI to show percentage of growth over time whether it is month over month or year over year.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion



Joe Gavin

Azure SQL Cross Database Query

In this article we look at how you can setup a query that uses multiple databases when using Azure SQL Database.

Author: Joe Gavin



John Miner

Lambda Architecture in Azure for Batch Processing

This article looks at how to create a batch processing lane for the Lambda Architecture for loading of data into an Azure SQL database.

Author: John Miner



Haroon Ashraf

Error Handling in SSIS Data Flow Task - Part 1

In this article we look at how we can debug and troubleshoot a SSIS package that has data errors by redirecting rows with bad data to another table for further investigation.

Author: Haroon Ashraf



Ohad Srur

Dynamically Build SQL Server Insert, Update and Delete Statements with Excel

In this article we look at how we can generate SQL Server INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE statements by dynamically building the statements using data and formulas within Excel.

Author: Ohad Srur



Mohammed Moinudheen

Azure Recovery Services Vault to Backup File Shares

In this tip we will use the Azure Recovery Services Vault to walk through the steps on how to back up Azure file shares.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Eric Blinn

SQL Server Model Database Tutorial

In this article we answer some common questions about the model database that is part of every SQL Server installation.

Author: Eric Blinn



Aaron Bertrand

Improve SQL Server Extended Events system_health Session

Learn how to modify the events and how much data the SQL Server system_health Extended Events session collects to make sure you have the data needed to troubleshoot issues.

Author: Aaron Bertrand



Rick Dobson

Exponential Moving Average Calculation in SQL Server

This tip shows how to compute exponential moving averages using a stored procedure based on any period length. The tip concludes with how to save and retrieve exponential moving averages from SQL Server tables.

Author: Rick Dobson



Jim Evans

SQL Convert Date to YYYYMMDD

In this article we look at different ways to use the date format YYYYMMDD in SQL Server.

Author: Jim Evans



Tim Cullen

Change SQL Server Database Mirroring Endpoint Encryption Algorithm

In this article learn how to quickly change the encryption algorithm used for endpoints with SQL Server database mirroring.

Author: Tim Cullen








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