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Janis Griffin

Feel the Need… the Need for Speed in your SQL Server databases!

[Webinar] Learn how to tune your SQL Server queries for peak performance using Foglight's multi-dimensional Performance Investigator and SQL Optimizer for faster and more efficient queries.

Author: Janis Griffin

Eric Blinn

SQL Server Performance Tuning with Query Plans and New Indexes

In this article we look at an example of a poorly performing SQL Server query and how this can be made to run faster using execution plans and missing index information to create new indexes to satisfy the query.

Author: Eric Blinn

Scott Murray

Power BI New Mobile Development Features

Learn how to create rich mobile interfaces using new Power BI development features.

Author: Scott Murray

Haroon Ashraf

SQL Database Project with SQL Server Data Tools and GIT

The article is to start your development journey with SQL Database Project using SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio with Git source control centralized workflow.

Author: Haroon Ashraf

Ian Fogelman

SQL Server Reporting with Python Flask

In this article we look at creating an alternative reporting environment using Python Flask and SQL Server instead of using SQL Server Reporting Services.

Author: Ian Fogelman

Graham Okely

Automate SQL Server Backup and Restore Tasks in Linux

In this tip we look at how to automate some tasks such as backups and restores when using SQL Server on Linux.

Author: Graham Okely

Mohammed Moinudheen

SQL Server Clustered Index Fragmentation on GUID Columns

In this article we take a look at using GUID columns in your SQL Server database tables and the impact GUID columns may have on indexing.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen

Ray Barley

Monitor SQL Server Agent Job Activity with Power BI

In this article we look at how to build a Power BI dashboard to track SQL Server Agent Job activity.

Author: Ray Barley

Jeremy Kadlec

Enterprise SQL Server Management and Performance Monitoring with dbWatch

We need to transition our team from single instance management and monitoring to managing the overall environment and addressing our most pressing needs to support the organization. How can we move from managing the trees to managing the forest in an efficient and automated manner with a small team?

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Rick Dobson

Implement K Nearest Neighbor Solution with T-SQL

This article covers how to code in T-SQL the K nearest neighbors (KNN) algorithm which can be used to apply a birds of a feather flock together rule for assigning classifications to the objects in a set.

Author: Rick Dobson

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

Manvendra Singh

How to Convert Database Objects from Oracle to SQL Server using SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle – Part 2

In this second part of this series we look at how to convert database objects from Oracle to SQL Server using the SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle.

Author: Manvendra Singh

Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Statements Where Semicolon is Required

Learn when a semicolon is required when writing T-SQL code with this tip that shows possible error messages and when a semicolon is needed as a statement terminator.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan

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

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

Alejandro Cobar

Monitoring SQL Server logins and server roles with PowerShell for Database Security

In this article we continue our PowerShell monitoring series by collecting logins and server roles for all monitored instances for analysis of the data.

Author: Alejandro Cobar


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

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

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

Execute SSIS Package from PowerShell - Part 1

In this article we look at how you can execute SSIS package using PowerShell both with and without SSIS package parameters.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Ron L'Esteve

Using PowerShell and Azure Blueprints to provision a Modern Data and Analytics Platform

In this article I cover some best practices for provisioning a Modern Data and Analytics Platform using the Az.Blueprint cmdlet in PowerShell.

Author: Ron L'Esteve

Nai Biao Zhou

Adding Custom Stored Procedure Templates to SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio 2019

In this article we look at how to build a custom stored procedure template that can be used in either SSMS or Visual Studio for all new development.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou

John Miner

Managing Power BI Workspaces with PowerShell

In this article we look at how to manage Power BI workspaces using PowerShell cmdlets.

Author: John Miner

Edwin Sarmiento

Step-by-step Installation of SQL Server 2019 on a Windows Server 2019 Failover Cluster - Part 2

This article walks through how to configure Windows Server 2019 failover cluster according to Microsoft best practices in preparation for installing SQL Server 2019.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento

Nai Biao Zhou

Explore the Role of Normal Forms in Dimensional Modeling

In this tip we walk through an exercise of developing a data model based on the characteristics of the data requirements.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou

Kenneth A. Omorodion

Creating Azure DevOps Analytics metrics in Power BI using Pre-Built Analytics Views

The focus of this tip is how to create Azure DevOps metrics in Power BI using default Analytics views.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion

Cintia Del Rio

How to Build a Cost Effective Virtual Desktop for Your Remote Teams

In this article we look at how you can easily build virtual desktops that you can deploy to your teams using Amazon WorkSpaces.

Author: Cintia Del Rio


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