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Scott Murray

Power BI Data Import and Export with Excel

How can I import my Excel workbooks into Power BI Online? Are there any options to export data from Power BI to a CSV file? If so, can you provide the steps to complete both tasks?

Author: Scott Murray

Erica Woods

6 Tips for Writing a Strong Cover Letter

Learn the 6 Tips for Writing a Strong Cover Letter including content, qualifications, excitement, concerns, work examples and formatting.

Author: Erica Woods

Greg Robidoux

Execute Dynamic SQL commands in SQL Server

In some applications having hard coded SQL statements is not appealing, because of the dynamic nature of the queries being issued against the database server. Because of this sometimes there is a need to dynamically create a SQL statement on the fly and t

Author: Greg Robidoux

Edwin Sarmiento

Administering your Windows Internal Database MICROSOFT##SSEE instance

Microsoft products such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 and Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) 3.0 ship with SQL Server 2005 Embedded Edition. Now called the Windows Internal Database, more and more system administrators charged with managing

Author: Edwin Sarmiento

Sherlee Dizon

SQL Server differences of char, nchar, varchar and nvarchar data types

Learn about some of the differences of char, nchar, varchar and nvarchar when working with SQL Server data.

Author: Sherlee Dizon

Dallas Snider

Transforming Cartesian Coordinates to Spherical Coordinates in SQL Server with T-SQL

I need to transform Cartesian coordinate data in a SQL Server table to spherical coordinates. In this tip I show how this can be done in T-SQL.

Author: Dallas Snider

Brady Upton

SQL Server DBCC CHECKDB Overview

Database corruption can be a problem and can cause serious damage to a database. There are a few ways to detect database corruption, but this tip will focus more on DBCC CHECKDB.

Author: Brady Upton

Tim Smith

Solutions for Azure SQL Database Throttle Log Wait of HADR_THROTTLE_LOG_RATE_GOVERNOR

Learn about solutions to address the Azure SQL Database throttle log wait of HADR_THROTTLE_LOG_RATE_GOVERNOR.

Author: Tim Smith

How to fix SQL Server I/O bottlenecks
(without a hammer)

Koen Verbeeck

What's New in SQL Server Integration Services 2016 - Part 1

What's New in SQL Server Integration Services 2016 including AlwaysOn support, incremental deployments, Always Encrypted support, new security features and more.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Ranga Babu

SQL Server performance issues when using mismatched data types

For one our applications we encountered deadlock issues when deleting rows for a high concurrency application. The application queries were deleting only one row at a time, but we were still having deadlock issues.

Author: Ranga Babu

Carla Abanes

How to resolve connectivity issues with SQL Server Availability Groups

After you have completed your AlwaysOn setup and configuration in a multisubnet environment, you get a number of calls from the application team that they are having intermittent connectivity issues with the database server. In this tip we look at what ma

Author: Carla Abanes

Svetlana Golovko

Resolving SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) Patching Errors

Learn how to resolve SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) patching errors related to "The client version is incompatible with the database version..."

Author: Svetlana Golovko

John Miner

Deploying Azure SQL Database Using Resource Manager PowerShell cmdlets

Learn about the various PowerShell cmdlets to deploy an Azure SQL Database.

Author: John Miner

Cate Murray

Applying the Software Development Life Cycle to Your Resume

Many struggle when writing a resume because they lack a strategy for framing their relevant experience in the best possible way, and making modifications depending on roles they apply for, and additions throughout their career. Therefore, we’ve aligned so

Author: Cate Murray

Aaron Bertrand

Beware of Side-Channel Attacks in Row-Level Security in SQL Server 2016

Now that SQL Server 2016 has been officially released, I wanted to address how some RLS security concerns can be mitigated, and a couple of new ones that have surfaced in the meantime.

Author: Aaron Bertrand

Simon Liew

Execute SQL Server DBCC SHRINKFILE Without Causing Index Fragmentation

Learn how to execute SQL Server DBCC SHRINKFILE without causing index fragmentation and example conditions that cause fragmentation.

Author: Simon Liew

Daniel Calbimonte

Create a SQL Server Reporting Services Report from an Analysis Services Tabular Database

Learn the steps to create a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report from an Analysis Services Tabular Database.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

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

Scott Murray

Analyzing Power BI data with Excel

We have been working more and more with Power BI and the users have asked about how to export data to Excel as well as the ability to analyze data directly within Excel.

Author: Scott Murray

Dallas Snider

Min-Max Normalization in T-SQL when the Boundaries are not [0,1]

I'm tracking weekly quantities of product sales and I would like to create a normalized score of product sales each week from 1 to 100. Read this tip to learn how to do this with T-SQL.

Author: Dallas Snider

Aaron Bertrand

Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB

Developers using SQL Server Express face a few challenges in their day to day work. One is that setting up and maintaining Express can be a daunting task. Another is that using the "User Instances" feature (which has been deprecated) leads to a lot of con

Author: Aaron Bertrand

Ray Barley

Maximum stored procedure, function, trigger or view nesting level exceeded limit 32

I am trying to resolve an issue with triggers. We use them for things like automatically setting the update date and time on some tables. Recently we added a second trigger to a table and now we are getting the error "Maximum stored procedure, function,

Author: Ray Barley

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

Daniel Janik

New On-Demand Webcast - Analyze your query plan like a Microsoft Engineer! (SQL Server 2016 Edition)

This session is a deep dive into query plans and is presented by a former Microsoft PFE (Field Engineer). Learn how a Microsoft Engineer looks at plans and go beyond the typical!

Author: Daniel Janik

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