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Sandi Hamilton, Allyson Sandifer and David Bermingham

High Availability Protection for Critical Applications: The Human Factor

Providing SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery protection does not have to be a complicated endeavor, but it's important to understand the roles within your organization and manage appropriately.

Author: Sandi Hamilton, Allyson Sandifer and David Bermingham



Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Interview Questions for Developers on Querying

In this article we look at some simple ways to test a SQL Server developers T-SQL skills with some query questions and answers.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



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



Rick Dobson

Analyze Historical Weather Data with SQL Server

In this article we look at how to import weather related data into SQL Server that can be used for analysis or supporting applications.

Author: Rick Dobson



Matteo Lorini

Subset in R including List, Data Frame, Matrix and Vector

In this article we will examine the R Language subsetting operators, types of subsetting and differences in behavior for different R objects like vectors, lists, and data frames.

Author: Matteo Lorini



Kenneth A. Omorodion

Power BI Performance Optimization Tips - Part 1

In this article we look at some tips on how to improve the performance of Power BI using smaller data models and computed columns options.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion



Jim Evans

Sync SQL Server Change Tracking Tables without Changing Data

In this article I cover how to mark a record so it can be re-synchronized to a secondary system without changing the data values of the original record, thus maintaining data integrity.

Author: Jim Evans



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



Koen Verbeeck

Copy Data from and to Snowflake with Azure Data Factory

In this tip we will show how you can create a pipeline in ADF to copy the data from a .csv file in Azure Blob Storage to a table in Snowflake, and vice versa.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Ron L'Esteve

Using Azure DevOps CI CD to Deploy Azure Data Factory Environments

In this article I will demonstrate an end-to-end process of how to create an Azure Data Factory multi-environment DevOps CI/CD by using GitHub for source control repos synced to working and master branches.

Author: Ron L'Esteve



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



Edwin Sarmiento

SQL Server 2017 Unattended Installation on a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster via Command Line Part 2

In this second part of this series, we look at how to add a node to an existing SQL Server 2017 failover clustered instance

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Cate Murray

How to Put on Your Candidate Marketing Hat During Your Job Search

Learn about candidate marketing where you intentionally influence your overall marketability as a candidate to be more marketable and credible for roles you're applying for.

Author: Cate Murray



Fikrat Azizov

Create Azure Data Factory inventory using Databricks

Learn how to build a catalog of your different Azure Data Factory objects such as pipelines, activities, datasets and more.

Author: Fikrat Azizov



Greg Robidoux

Maximize View of SQL Server Query Plans with Full Screen Option

In this tip we look at how to save an execution plan for future review as well as using the full screen mode to see more of a query plan at one time.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Greg Robidoux

Getting started with SQL Server stored procedures

In this article we look at different examples of creating SQL Server stored procedures.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Greg Robidoux

Using SQL Server DMVs to Identify Missing Indexes

In this article we look at the SQL Server DMVs that can be used to identify missing index information that SQL Server collects based on executed queries.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Ian Fogelman

SQL Server RegEx Capabilities Using Python

In this article we look at how to get regex features in SQL Server by using Python and T-SQL.

Author: Ian Fogelman



Rick Dobson

Compare Artificial Intelligence Models Built with T-SQL

This tip looks at using artificial intelligence models with SQL Server to predict outcomes.

Author: Rick Dobson



Alejandro Cobar

SQL Server Database and Database File Monitoring with PowerShell

As we continue our series on monitoring SQL Server with PowerShell in this section we collect database information for each monitored instance.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Greg Robidoux

Simple way to create tables in SQL Server using Excel

In this tip we look at an easy way to build DDL for SQL Server tables using an Excel template to generate the T-SQL for the table structure.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Arshad Ali

Understanding SQL Server Physical Joins

In this tip we cover different types of physical joins that occur in SQL Server such as nested loops join, merge join and hash join.

Author: Arshad Ali



Scott Murray

Power BI Personalization

In this article we look at how to use the personalization feature for Power BI reports to match an individuals specific needs without having to duplicate the report.

Author: Scott Murray



Erica Woods

Overcoming Your Interview Angst

Check out this article for 9 key tips and mindsets to overcome the job interview jitters.

Author: Erica Woods



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



Edwin Sarmiento

SQL Server 2017 Unattended Installation on a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster via Command Line Part 1

In this article we look at how to do an unattended command line install of SQL Server 2017 on a Windows Server 2016 failover cluster.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Mircea Dragan

How to Sync Two SQL Server Databases Part 3

In this article we cover some code that we can use to make database schemas match by comparing the objects in the databases.

Author: Mircea Dragan



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



Ian Fogelman

SQL Server Bulk Insert for Multiple CSV Files from a Single Folder

Check out this article to see how to quickly import into SQL Server many files with the same structure using T-SQL.

Author: Ian Fogelman



Alejandro Cobar

SQL Server Agent Job Monitoring for Last Execution with PowerShell

In this article we continue our series of using PowerShell to monitor SQL Server by collecting the last run information for SQL Server Agent Jobs.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



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



Nai Biao Zhou

Using Simple Linear Regression to Make Predictions

The first part of this article focuses on using an R program to find a linear regression equation and the second part is devoted to simple linear regression analysis.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou



Greg Robidoux

Managing and maintaining SQL Server identity values

In this article we look at how to check the current values for an identity column and how to reset the value for the next record.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Joe Gavin

Azure Logic App to Extract and Save Email Attachments

Learn how to extract attachments from emails and save them to the file system where they can then be loaded to SQL Server.

Author: Joe Gavin



Matteo Lorini

Data Structures in R including Vector, Matrix, Array, List, and Data Frame

In this article we examine the primary types of R data structures such as Vector, Matrix, Array, List, and Data Frame.

Author: Matteo Lorini



Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Management Studio Connection to Integration Services Error Class Not Registered

In this article we look at some reasons why you cannot connect to SSIS using SQL Server Management Studio and how to solve the problem.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Ryan Kennedy

Reading and Writing data in Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 with Azure Databricks

This article will explore the different ways to read existing data in your Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 data lake and how to write transformed data back to it.

Author: Ryan Kennedy



Joydip Kanjilal

Error Handling in SQL Server with Try Catch

In this article we look at how to use error handling in your SQL Server code by using Try Catch statements.

Author: Joydip Kanjilal



Jeffrey Yao

How to Identify which SQL Server Columns Changed in a Update

In this article we look at how to use SQL Server functions to determine which columns have been updated for a particular table.

Author: Jeffrey Yao



Bernard Black

Quick and Simple CSharp Windows Form

In this article we look at how you can build a simple CSharp Windows Form to query SQL Server and return results to the application.

Author: Bernard Black



Cate Murray

Interview Questions to Demonstrate Personality Traits

Check out these tips in this article to make sure you ace your next interview by asking the right questions during the interview that will get you noticed.

Author: Cate Murray



Eric Blinn

SQL Server TempDB Tutorial

In this article we cover many different questions about the SQL Server TempDB database to give a better understanding of what is and what it is used for.

Author: Eric Blinn



Jim Evans

DATEDIFF SQL Server Function

In this article we look at how to calculate values between two dates using SQL Server DATEDIFF and DATEDIFF_BIG functions.

Author: Jim Evans



Scott Murray

Power BI Workspace Permissions and Roles

In this article learn about workspace permissions and roles when working with Power BI with a walkthrough of how to set this up.

Author: Scott Murray



Koen Verbeeck

How to Expand a Range of Dates into Rows using a SQL Server Numbers Table

In this article we look at different T-SQL code examples that can help you build a range of date rows based on a starting and ending date.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Tim Cullen

Resource Based Kerberos Constrained Delegation

In this article we look at how use Kerberos for authentication to a SQL instance for cross-domain authentication.

Author: Tim Cullen



Ron L'Esteve

Getting Started with Azure Blueprints

Learn about Azure Blueprints, available in the Azure portal, which is a new method of deploying Azure Resources through ARM templates.

Author: Ron L'Esteve








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