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Ash Recksiedler

Advanced Performance Tuning for Microsoft SQL Server

No matter where you run your SQL Server® instances—on-premises, in a virtual machine, or in an Azure SQL Database Managed instance—the challenge is the same. How do you ensure you get optimum performance?

Author: Ash Recksiedler



Ray Barley

Solve SQL Server Agent Job Dependencies with Data Driven Solution

In this article we look at how to create a table driven solution to executing SQL Server Agent jobs.

Author: Ray Barley



Erica Woods

How to Research a Company for a Job Interview

Prior to an interview you should invest 15+ minutes to do some research on the organization using these 10 sources outlined in this article.

Author: Erica Woods



Mohammed Moinudheen

Unable to delete Azure Recovery Services Vault

In this article we walk through the steps you need to take to be able to delete an Azure Recovery Services vault after you have decommissioned SQL Server and the Azure VM.

Author: Mohammed Moinudheen



Scott Murray

Power BI Table Based Row Level Security

In this article we look at how to control what data users can and cannot see in a Power BI report by utilizing a database table to control what a user can access.

Author: Scott Murray



Koen Verbeeck

Process Blob Files Automatically using an Azure Function with Blob Trigger

In this tip we will give an example of an Azure Function which will read a Json file from a blob container and write its contents to an Azure SQL Database table.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



Cate Murray

Resume Reflection to Communicate Your Contributions

In this article we cover ten great questions to ask yourself before crafting your resume or making updates to your resume.

Author: Cate Murray



Edwin Sarmiento

Learning PowerShell Core on Linux for the SQL Server DBA Part 2

This tip will walk you through installing the SQL Server PowerShell modules to start managing SQL Server on Linux. You will also explore the different SQL Server PowerShell cmdlets available on PowerShell Core on Linux.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Vitor Montalvao

How To Connect Remotely to SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine

In this article we look at how to configure remote SQL Server connectivity for Azure virtual machines.

Author: Vitor Montalvao



Aveek Das

Calculate Relative Weeks in Power BI

In this tip we will explore how to generate the Relative Week Number using both SQL and DAX for Power BI reports.

Author: Aveek Das



Mircea Dragan

Convert MS Access to SQL Server with Always Encrypted Database

In this article we cover code that allows you to migrate your database from MS Access to SQL Server and also use Always Encrypted columns.

Author: Mircea Dragan



Bhavesh Patel

SQL Server SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER and SET ANSI_PADDING Proper Usage Examples

In this article we look at the impacts of using SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER and SET ANSI_PADDING when working with SQL Server.

Author: Bhavesh Patel



Eli Leiba

SQL Server Table Size Report

In this article we look at a simple T-SQL script you can use to get space used and free space for all user tables in a SQL Server database.

Author: Eli Leiba



Filip Holub

Enable Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves in SQL Server Management Studio

In this tip we walk through the steps of how to configure your SQL Server to enable Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves.

Author: Filip Holub



Aaron Bertrand

Making SQL Server Function Changes Backwards Compatible

In this article we look at how you can modify a SQL Server user defined function's set of parameters without breaking other code in your database that calls the function.

Author: Aaron Bertrand



Alejandro Cobar

Script to Delete SQL Server Data in Batches

In this tip we cover a T-SQL script that allows you to batch delete older data from tables and save the deleted records to an archive table.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



John Miner

Deploy SSIS Catalog to Azure Cloud - Part 1

This article covers how create an Azure SSIS integration runtime engine that uses a SSIS catalog residing in an Azure SQL database.

Author: John Miner



Rick Dobson

Weighted vs Simple Moving Average with SQL Server T-SQL Code

This tip presents T-SQL code for computing two different types of weighted moving averages for time series data.

Author: Rick Dobson



Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Database Diagram Index was Outside the Bounds of the Array

In this article we look at the SSMS database diagram error index was outside the bounds of the array and how to fix this issue.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan



Nai Biao Zhou

Selecting a Simple Random Sample from a SQL Server Database

Sampling is the science and art of controlling and measuring the reliability of useful statistical information through the theory of probability, this tip covers: sampling techniques, and sampling distributions.

Author: Nai Biao Zhou



Ray Barley

How to Maintain State in a SQL Server Agent Job

In this tip I will demonstrate a simple way of implementing state for a SQL Agent job to allow a job to stop and restart where it left off.

Author: Ray Barley



Greg Robidoux

Quest Foglight for Databases

Quest Foglight for Databases allows you to proactively monitor the health and performance of your cross-platform databases including SQL Server.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Edwin Sarmiento

Introduction to PowerShell Core on Linux for the SQL Server DBA Part 1

In this tip we look at leveraging PowerShell Core on Linux together with the SQL Server PowerShell modules and dbatools to manage SQL Server.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Jeffrey Yao

SP_WhoIsActive Data Collection and Analysis

In this article we look at how to schedule the collection of the results from sp_whoisactive and store the data in a table for future analysis.

Author: Jeffrey Yao



Eduardo Pivaral

Execution Plan in Azure Data Studio

In this tip we look at how to generate estimated and actual execution plans for SQL Server when using Azure Data Studio.

Author: Eduardo Pivaral



Aveek Das

Power BI Calculate Cumulative Total by Week Within Quarter

In this article we look at how to visualize data in Power BI by week of quarter. We walk through the steps on how this can be done in a Power BI report.

Author: Aveek Das



Ron L'Esteve

Load Data Lake files into Azure Synapse Analytics Using Azure Data Factory

Azure Data Factory's Copy activity as a sink allows for three different copy methods for loading data into Azure Synapse Analytics. In this article, I will explore the three methods: Polybase, Copy Command and Bulk insert using a dynamic pipeline parameterized process.

Author: Ron L'Esteve



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



Vitor Montalvao

Azure Cost Optimization Best Practices

In this article we look at different ways you can save money for your Azure Virtual Machines.

Author: Vitor Montalvao



Sherlee Dizon

Securely Manage Database Credentials Using Visual Studio Manage User Secrets

In this tip we cover how to manage application secrets in a development environment to securely store database credentials.

Author: Sherlee Dizon



Koen Verbeeck

Power BI Dashboard vs Report vs Workbook

There are many different ways to present data using Power BI and this tip looks at these different methods such as Power BI Dashboards, Power BI Workbooks and Power BI Reports.

Author: Koen Verbeeck



John Miner

SSIS Catalog Deployment to Support Dev, QA and Production

In this article, we will explore how to leverage the SSIS catalog to support multiple environments. This will include updating the database for both development and production environments.

Author: John Miner



Aaron Bertrand

Measure Delayed Durability impact in SQL Server 2016 and later

Learn about how DMV sys.dm_exec_session_wait_stats demonstrates how delayed durability could be beneficial for certain SQL Server workloads.

Author: Aaron Bertrand



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



Rick Dobson

How to Compute Simple Moving Averages with Time Series Data in SQL Server

In this tip we look at how to compute simple moving averages for time series data in SQL Server.

Author: Rick Dobson



Greg Robidoux

How does SQL Server Management Studio get its data

In this tip we look at a simple way to capture what queries SQL Server Management Studio uses to fill the screens when you navigate through SSMS.

Author: Greg Robidoux



Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Maintenance Plans Maintenance Cleanup Task

In this article we look at how to use the Maintenance Plan Cleanup Task in SQL Server to delete old files.

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



Matteo Lorini

Load Excel Data Into SQL Server

In this article we look at how to use R and RStudio to read data from an Excel file, load the data to SQL Server and query the data from SQL Server with R.

Author: Matteo Lorini



Eduardo Pivaral

How to Capture IoT Data in Azure

In this article we look at the step by step process to setup and capture IoT Hub data using an Azure SQL Database.

Author: Eduardo Pivaral



Edwin Sarmiento

Install a Specific SQL Server Version on Linux Step by Step

In this article we look at how you can install a specific version of SQL Server when installing on Linux.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento



Alejandro Cobar

SQL Server Backup Size vs Database Size Script

In this article we look at different ways to determine how much disk space is needed for a SQL Server database restore prior to restoring a database.

Author: Alejandro Cobar



Scott Murray

Power BI Q&A Linguistic Schema

In this tip we look at how to modify the linguistics data that is used for a Power BI report.

Author: Scott Murray



Aakash Patel

SQL Server Memory Pressure Troubleshooting

In this tip we look at how to check for memory pressure in SQL Server and using trace flag 8032 to increase the plan cache size.

Author: Aakash Patel



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








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