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Andy Warren

A Beginners Guide to SQL Server Monitoring

Monitoring is more than a little complicated. You might need to know what is going on right now, what was going on while you were at lunch, or any of a dozen trends over the past year. You want to measure how things are performing, but you also need to kn

Author: Andy Warren

Aubrey Love

SQL COUNT Function

In this article we look at various ways to use the SQL COUNT function in SQL Server to get row counts.

Author: Aubrey Love

Scott Murray

Power BI Report Automation

In this article we look at how to get Power BI to Auto-Create a report for your based on data input or copied into a new dataset.

Author: Scott Murray

Aaron Bertrand

Handling an unknown number of parameters in SQL Server

In this article we compare performance differences when splitting comma separated strings using TVPs, TVFs, openjson, string_split and more.

Author: Aaron Bertrand

Daniel Calbimonte

Ways to compare and find differences for SQL Server tables and data

This article shows different ways to compare SQL Server data, datatypes and tables using TSQL and some development tools.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Kenneth A. Omorodion

Combine Text Strings in Power BI Using DAX

Learn various ways to concatenate strings in Power BI such as using CONCATENATE, COMBINEVALUES and using an ampersand.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion

Manvendra Singh

How to Configure Repositories for Installing and Upgrading SQL Server on RHEL Virtual Machine

In this article we look at how to get the correct repositories in place to install SQL Server 2019 on Red Hat Linux virtual machine.

Author: Manvendra Singh

Fikrat Azizov

Common Data Warehouse Development Challenges

This tip is part of a series dedicated to building the new generation data warehouse called lakehouse and we discuss common data warehouse building challenges.

Author: Fikrat Azizov

Rick Dobson

Build Pie Charts with Python for Displaying Counts from SQL Server Data

In this article we look at how to generate different types of pie charts using Python and SQL Server.

Author: Rick Dobson

Edwin Sarmiento

SQL Server Availability Group Maintenance with Distributed Availability Groups

Learn how to perform maintenance on the replicas of the primary SQL Server Availability Group when using Distributed Availability Groups.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento

Koen Verbeeck

How To Become a Successful BI Developer

In this article we cover technical skills and soft skills that are typically found in successful BI developers.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Daniel Calbimonte

Simple way to create a SQL Server Job Using T-SQL

In this article we look at how to create a SQL Agent scheduled job for SQL Server using just T-SQL commands as well as cover several options for scheduled jobs.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Maria Zakourdaev

Cosmos DB Data Migration Between Containers using Databricks and PySpark

In this article learn how to use PySpark scripts in Azure Databricks service to copy data between Cosmos DB containers.

Author: Maria Zakourdaev

Nai Biao Zhou

Using Multiple Linear Regression for Estimation and Prediction with SQL Server and R

Deep dive into multiple linear regression for estimation and prediction using real estate data and SQL Server and R for data analysis.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou

Manvendra Singh

How to Register a Virtual Machine to RedHat Subscription Management

In this article we configure Red Hat Subscription Management on a VMware virtual machine so we can install SQL Server 2019 for Linux.

Author: Manvendra Singh


Debunking the Myths: Cloud HA and DR common misconceptions

While the benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, it is not as clear for business critical applications, such as SQL Server that require high availability and disaster recovery protection.

Author: SIOS

Greg Robidoux

Enabling xp_cmdshell in SQL Server

In this tip we look at how to enable xp_cmdshell for SQL Server and some of the errors you may encounter when using xp_cmdshell as well as how to disable xp_cmdshell.

Author: Greg Robidoux

Daniel Calbimonte

Format SQL Server Dates with FORMAT Function

In this tip we look at how to use the FORMAT function to format dates, time and numbers in SQL Server along with several examples.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Jeremy Kadlec

Quickly Pinpoint SQL Server Performance Issues with SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

My team needs to quickly pinpoint the performance issues in my SQL Server environment. With all of the demands at work, our team needs to find and understand the issues, then review the code and take corrective actions. We need to ensure our production SQL Server environment is running smoothly, because when it is not, the entire company feels it.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Rick Dobson

Get Started with SQL Server xp_cmdshell

In this tip we look at an overview of SQL Server xp_cmdshell to help a SQL Server professional to know when, why, and how to invoke the xp_cmdshell extended stored procedure in SQL Server solutions. We will also look at some errors related to using xp_cmdshell.

Author: Rick Dobson

Hristo Hristov

Using Power BI Visualizations in Power Apps

In this article we will look at how to display Power BI reports and dashboards in Power Apps.

Author: Hristo Hristov

Joe Gavin

SQL Server Network Related Performance Monitor Counters

In this article we cover which performance monitor counters to use to baseline and troubleshoot SQL Server network issues that may be causing performance issues.

Author: Joe Gavin


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