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Rajendra Gupta

SQL Server Compress and Decompress Functions

In SQL Server 2016 we have new compression functions to compress and uncompress specific data. Read this tip to learn about these new functions.

Author: Rajendra Gupta

Varinder Sohal

Troubleshoot SQL Server Agent Notifications and Database Mail

Learn about best practices to troubleshoot and correct SQL Server Agent Notifications issues when using Database Mail.

Author: Varinder Sohal

Greg Robidoux

Understanding the SQL Server NOLOCK hint

I see the use of the NOLOCK hint in existing code for my stored procedures and I am not exactly sure if this is helpful or not. It seems like this has been a practice that was put in place and now is throughout all of the code wherever there are SELECT s

Author: Greg Robidoux

Greg Robidoux

How to tell what SQL Server version you are running

One issue that I am often faced with is determining what service pack is installed on the SQL Server. Until recently the version of SQL Server that was installed was just a number, but now with the later service releases for SQL Server 2000 you can also

Author: Greg Robidoux

Arshad Ali

Using MERGE in SQL Server to insert, update and delete at the same time

In a typical data warehousing application, quite often during the ETL cycle you need to perform INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE operations on a TARGET table by matching the records from the SOURCE table. For example, a products dimension table has information a

Author: Arshad Ali

Scott Murray

SSRS report for SQL Server Database Backup Status

Learn now to create a SSRS report to show backup status for all of your SQL Server databases and also download the SSRS RDL.

Author: Scott Murray

Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Availability Group Monitoring with SQL Monitor

Learn about SQL Server Availability Group Monitoring with SQL Monitor including a global overview, detailed drill down and much more - all to save you time.

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Fikrat Azizov

SQL Server Columnstore, B-Tree and Hybrid Index Performance Comparison for Data Warehouses

Learn about the SQL Server indexing options for data warehouses including columnstore, B-Tree and hybrid options with the associated performance and execution plan implications.

Author: Fikrat Azizov

Dallas Snider

Binning SQL Server Data to Reduce Column Cardinality

I have a SQL Server data set based on age with values from 0 to 100. From this dataset I need to build a histogram showing the age distribution in 10 year increments. Ultimately, I need to use this data as input for a SQL Server Analysis Services neural

Author: Dallas Snider

Junaith Haja

Getting started with R scripts and R visuals in Power BI Desktop

The Power BI team announced its support to create R visuals in its recent update and in this tip we'll help you get started by walking through examples.

Author: Junaith Haja

Ghanesh Prasad

How to read data from multiple Excel worksheets with SQL Server Integration Services

Read this tip to learn how to import data from multiple Excel worksheets into SQL Server using SSIS.

Author: Ghanesh Prasad

Tim Smith

Queries To Debug SQL Server Replication Issues

This tip provides some quick queries to get started when a replication issue arises that may help minimize the amount of troubleshooting time.

Author: Tim Smith

Koen Verbeeck

SQL Server 2016 R Services: Executing R code in SQL Server

SQL Server 2016 comes with the integration of the popular language R into the database engine and in this tip we look at executing R code directly in SQL Server.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Sergey Gigoyan

Executing large scripts in SQL Server Management Studio with Insufficient Memory Failures

Learn how to correct SQL Server Management Studio error cannot execute script insufficient memory to continue the execution of the program mscorlib.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan

Daniel Calbimonte

Tabular vs Multidimensional models for SQL Server Analysis Services

I would like to know if I should use a Tabular or a Multidimensional solution for my data analysis. In this tip we will compare the two options.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Tim Smith

Using PowerShell To Record SQL Server Virtual Log File (VLF) Growth

Read this tip to learn how to use PowerShell to collect VLF (virtual log file) counts for all databases on all SQL servers.

Author: Tim Smith

Rajendra Gupta

SQL Server 2016 Row Level Security Block and Filter Predicates Example

Learn about the SQL Server 2016 Row Level Security Block and Filter Predicates with Select, Insert, Update and Delete example T-SQL code

Author: Rajendra Gupta

Ben Snaidero

Automate Alerting for SQL Server Suspect Database Pages

Learn how to be automatically notified if SQL Server detects any corruption in your database files.

Author: Ben Snaidero

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