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Andy Warren

SQL Server Performance Tuning Hints and Tricks

The goal of this webinar is to give you a set of steps you can follow that will detect and fix a lot of the most common SQL Server performance issues you'll encounter.

Author: Andy Warren



Rick Dobson

Create, Alter, Drop and Query SQL Server Views

Views | DDL | T-SQL Examples - In this tip we look at the syntax used to create, drop and alter views as well as a few view examples.

Author: Rick Dobson



Koen Verbeeck

How to Build your First Power BI Dashboard

Power BI | Getting Started | Step by Step - In this tip we'll learn how we can start building our first Power BI dashboard.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Joe Gavin

SQL Server Create Database Examples

Create Database | Plug and Play Code - In this article we look at different T-SQL examples to create a new SQL Server database.

Author: Joe Gavin



Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Best Practices for Data Quality

Data Quality | SSIS Integration - Accurate data is imperative for an organization to conduct cost effective decision making. Like everything else, change is constant for your data. There is a need to cleanse and validate data when received and on a regular basis. Unfortunately, cleansing and validating data is difficult with the native SQL Server toolset. How do we leverage the SQL Server tool set to achieve these goals?

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption vs. NetLib Encryptionizer

Transparent Data Encryption | Comparison - Between the legislation over the years and data breaches in the news on a monthly basis, SQL Server database encryption is critical for our industry. SQL Server ships with a few options for a native encryption implementation, that all provide value in particular situations, but none of the options all seem to address all of the needs. What is the best way to encrypt our SQL Server data?

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Ron L'Esteve

Realizing Business Value through an AI-driven Strategy and Culture

Getting Started | Artificial Intelligence - From an introduction to AI to determining the elements of an AI governance system, this article will cover topics from Microsoft's AI Business School to help organizations with realizing business value through an AI driven strategy and culture.

Author: Ron L'Esteve



Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Monitoring with SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor

End to End Monitoring | Health | Availability - I need to monitor the SQL Server instances in my environment and our IT team has a need to monitor the health and availability of our overall environment. We need to understand the issues in the environment at a high level, prioritize our findings then drill into issues in order to correct them. Ideally we would like to have a single tool for the DBA, Development and Systems teams to use.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec



Carlos Robles

Start, Stop, Delete and Monitor Azure Container Instances for SQL Server

Azure Container Instances | Management - In this article we look at how to manage SQL Server Azure Container Instances to start, stop and delete an ACI.

Author: Carlos Robles



Semjon Terehhov

Improve Power BI Performance with SQL Server Indexing

Performance | Testing | Best Practices - In this tip we look at different Power BI modes and what they do to the SQL Server database in terms of T-SQL and how indexes should be structured to efficiently support the workload.

Author: Semjon Terehhov



Fikrat Azizov

Run SSIS Packages with Azure Data Factory in a Cost Effective Way

Cloud and On-Premises Integration | Azure Data Factory | Integration Services - In this article we look at how to run an on-premises SSIS package using Azure Data Factory.

Author: Fikrat Azizov



Gareth Newman

Troubleshooting SQL Server Replication Installation

Troubleshooting | Replication | Setup - In this tip we look at how to add the SQL Server replication features to an existing SQL Server instance.

Author: Gareth Newman



Pablo Echeverria

Copy Table from Oracle to SQL Server on Linux

Data Transfer | Heterogenous Databases - In this tip we look at how to import data from Oracle to SQL Server when working in a Linux environment.

Author: Pablo Echeverria



Sergey Gigoyan

Backup Database Task in SQL Server Maintenance Plans

Beginner DBA | Step By Step | Database Backups - In this tip we look at how to use the SQL Server Maintenance Plan Wizard to setup full, differential and log backups.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Rick Dobson

Track and Monitor SQL Server View Usage

Metadata | SQL Server Views - In this tip we look at how to track SQL Server views to find out usage, create date, modify date and more.

Author: Rick Dobson



Eli Leiba

SQL Server Dynamic PIVOT Query

Pivot | Code Samples - In this tip we look at a SQL Server stored procedure that can be used to dynamically create PIVOT queries.

Author: Eli Leiba



Greg Robidoux

Using Views to Simplify Data Access in SQL Server

In this article we look at how to create a SQL Server View that can be used over and over again to run a query that joins tables and returns a specific set of columns.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Daniel Farina

How to Restore Model Database in SQL Server

Disaster Recovery | System Databases | Step By Step - In this tip we look at how to restore a missing or corrupt SQL Server model database.

Author: Daniel Farina



Aaron Bertrand

Fastest way to Delete Large Number of Records in SQL Server

Performance Considerations | Large Tables | Delete Operations - In this article we look at different ways to most effectively delete large amounts of data from a SQL Server table.

Author: Aaron Bertrand



Mohammed Moinudheen

Azure Soft Delete Option for Blob Storage to Recover Deleted Files

Azure Blob Storage | File Recovery | Configurations - In this tip we look at how to recover deleted files from Azure Blob Storage using the soft delete option.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Koen Verbeeck

Synchronously Refreshing a Power BI Dataset using Azure Logic Apps

Power BI | Data Refresh - In this tip we will implement a polling mechanism to verify if the Power BI dataset has refreshed successfully.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Atul Gaikwad

Notification for SQL Server Database in Single User Mode

Monitoring and Alerting | Configuration Change - In this tip we look at a PowerShell script that will check for any databases in your environment that are in single user mode and send you an email notification.

Author: Atul Gaikwad



Fikrat Azizov

Azure Data Factory Execute SSIS Package Activity

Azure Data Factory | SSIS Execution | Step By Step - In this tip we look at how to execute SSIS packages with Azure Data Factory using SSIS Integration Runtime.

Author: Fikrat Azizov



Aleksejs Kozmins

SSIS Data Flow Parallel Processing

SSIS Parallel Data Loading | ETL | Data Warehousing - In this tip we look at an SQL Server Integration Services SSIS package that allows for automating swapping of destinations based on external controls.

Author: Aleksejs Kozmins



Fikrat Azizov

Azure Data Factory Get Metadata Example

Azure Data Factory | Metadata | Step by Step - In this tip we look at how to use the get metadata activity to read metadata about various objects in Azure.

Author: Fikrat Azizov



Sergey Gigoyan

Connecting to Integration Services Access is Denied in SQL Server 2016 or 2017

SQL Server Integration Services | Security | Configuration - In this tip we look at how to resolve the "Access is Denied" error when trying to connect to the SQL Server Integration Services service using SQL Server Management Studio.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Joydip Kanjilal

Logging in Entity Framework Core

Development | Entity Framework Core | ASP.NET Core - This article presents a discussion on how Entity Framework Core can be used to log data in ASP.NET Core.

Author: Joydip Kanjilal



Koen Verbeeck

Integrate Azure Function into Azure Data Factory Pipeline

Azure Function | Azure Data Factory | Snowflake - In this tip we will integrate an Azure Function into Azure Data Factory (ADF) using Snowflake, but these steps can be used for any Azure Function integration.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Matteo Lorini

Master Data Services Versions and Views for SQL Server

Master Data Services | Configuration - In this tip we will look at how views and versions work within Master Data Services.

Author: Matteo Lorini



Aleksejs Kozmins

SSIS Data Flow Task with Pause Functionality

SSIS Dev | Delay Execution - In this tip we look at a way to control and delay ETL tasks within an SSIS package based on some external process.

Author: Aleksejs Kozmins



Joydip Kanjilal

Eager Loading in Entity Framework Core

Data Loading Options | Entity Framework Core - In this article we look at how to use eager loading in Entity Framework Core to load all related data from the database as part of the initial query.

Author: Joydip Kanjilal



Aakash Patel

Analyze and Improve SQL Server Backup Schedule

Daily Operations | Database Backup Schedule | Time Savings - In this tip we look at a script you can use to help you better schedule when SQL Server backups are run so there is not contention with backups running on multiple instances at the same time.

Author: Aakash Patel



Mohammed Moinudheen

Monitor Azure Resources with Azure Monitor

Azure | Monitoring | How-To - In this article we learn about the Azure Monitor service and how it can be used to monitor and track resource usage in Azure such as SQL Server.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Rick Dobson

Find SQL Server User Defined Function Create, Modified, Last Execution Date and Code

User Defined Functions | Code Samples - In this tip we look at how to track when SQL Server user defined functions were created, modified and last used.

Author: Rick Dobson



Eduardo Pivaral

Azure Text Analytics and Power BI

Text Analytics | Power BI | Step by Step - In this tip we look at how to analyze textual data to gain insight from freeform text using Azure Text Analytics and Power BI.

Author: Eduardo Pivaral



Eric Blinn

Restore SQL Server Master Database Options

Database Administration | Master Database | Restore - In this tip we look at ways to restore the master database both when SQL Server can start and when it cannot start.

Author: Eric Blinn



Bhavesh Patel

SSIS Raw File Source and Destination Example

Data Flow Tasks | Performance | Step by Step Example - In this tip we look at why and how to use SQL Server Integration Services raw file sources and raw file destinations.

Author: Bhavesh Patel



Atul Gaikwad

Update only Year, Month or Day in a SQL Server Date

Date Modification | Sample Scripts - In this tip we look at how to change specific parts of a date such as the Year, Month or Day for data stored in a SQL Server table.

Author: Atul Gaikwad



Scott Murray

Power BI Filter Pane

Data Filtering | Configurations - In this tip we look at a new feature in Power BI that allows users to filter data in Power BI reports using the new Filter Pane.

Author: Scott Murray



Joe Gavin

Create SQL Server Database with PowerShell

PowerShell | CREATE DATABASE | Scripts - In this tip we look at different ways to create a new SQL Server database using PowerShell.

Author: Joe Gavin



Aaron Bertrand

SQL Server 2019 Installation Enhancements for MAXDOP and Max Memory

SQL Server 2019 | MAXDOP | Max Memory - In this article we look at some new configuration settings you can set during installation of SQL Server 2019 that did not exist in earlier versions.

Author: Aaron Bertrand








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