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Gary Smith

Improve Query Performance with DB PowerStudio

Poorly written SQL queries and missing indexes can have a significant impact on SQL Server performance. IDERAís DB PowerStudio tools can help identify problem SQL and missing indexes, even for third-party applications.

Author: Gary Smith


MSSQLTips wants to treat you to lunch!

MSSQLTips is giving away $50 USD that you can use to take your team to lunch. We know you work hard as an IT Professional, so here's a little token to show our appreciation for what you do.

Author: MSSQLTips.com

Tim Smith

3 Solutions For Auditing Long SQL Server Extracts or Loads

In this tip we look at different options that you can use to audit your SQL Server extracts and loads during the ETL process.

Author: Tim Smith

Edwin Sarmiento

Deploy a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster without Active Directory Part 1

In this tip learn how to deploy a WSFC for SQL Server without using Active Directory.

Author: Edwin Sarmiento

Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Join Example

I am new to SQL Server and want to learn about the JOIN options. What are all of the JOIN options in SQL Server? What is the significance of each of the options? I am a little confused on the differences and syntax, can you provide some examples and ex

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Greg Robidoux

Populate a SQL Server column with a sequential number not using an identity

I have a database table that has a lot of data already in the table and I need to add a new column to this table to include a new sequential number. In addition to adding the column I also need to populate the existing records with an incremental counter

Author: Greg Robidoux

Jeremy Kadlec

SQL Server Cursor Example

In my T-SQL code I always use set based operations. I have been told these types of operations are what SQL Server is designed to process and it should be quicker than serial processing. I know cursors exist but I am not sure how to use them. Can you p

Author: Jeremy Kadlec

Rick Dobson

Creating Multi-Step and Dynamic SQL Server Agent Jobs

Learn how to create multi-step and dynamic SQL Server Agent Jobs with branching logic based on the outcome for the job step.

Author: Rick Dobson

Rick Dobson

Creating Multi-Step and Dynamic SQL Server Agent Jobs

Learn how to create multi-step and dynamic SQL Server Agent Jobs with branching logic based on the outcome for the job step.

Author: Rick Dobson

Rajendra Gupta

SQL Server 2017 Restore Database Error in SSMS

Learn about a SQL Server 2017 restore database error in Management Studio related to the sys.dm_os_enumerate_fixed_drives DMV.

Author: Rajendra Gupta


Key Methods for Managing Complex Database Environments

Got a cross-platform database environment? Of course, you do. What DBA isnít expected to manage countless new technologies these days? Itís ridiculous! But itís easy to keep up with the latest tips and tricks from top industry pros.

Author: Quest

Tim Smith

Techniques to Cleanse Bad Data in SQL Server

Most of our ETL tasks cleanse data after we import data into our staging table and sometimes these cleansing tasks consume too much time and disrupt our flow. When should we clean data and what are some considerations for this step, as we add new data sou

Author: Tim Smith

Scott Murray

SQL Server 2016 Priority Boost Setting Caused Consistent Cluster Failover Issues

Read this tip to learn about the priority boost setting that was causing a SQL Server cluster to consistently restart or fail over to the passive node.

Author: Scott Murray

Aaron Bertrand

Dealing with the single-character delimiter in SQL Server's STRING_SPLIT function

SQL Server 2016 introduced a new built-in function STRING_SPLIT() but it only supports a single-character delimiter. Read this tip to learn how to overcome this issue.

Author: Aaron Bertrand

Douglas Correa

SSIS Transformation Tasks Overview

SQL Server Integration Services is a powerful tool to create ETL solutions. In this tip we will cover different scenarios to give you an idea on how you can use some of the SSIS features.

Author: Douglas Correa

Ahmad Yaseen

SQL Server error BACKUP detected corruption in the database log

Ways to deal with SQL Server backup error BACKUP detected corruption in the database log.

Author: Ahmad Yaseen

Eli Leiba

SQL Server Credit Card Encryption and Decryption

Check a sample stored procedure and function for SQL Server credit card encryption and decryption.

Author: Eli Leiba

Koen Verbeeck

Scenarios for Using Calculated Tables in SSAS Tabular 2016 or Power BI Desktop Ė Part 2

Analysis Services 2016 comes with a lot of DAX improvements. One of these improvements is the ability to create calculated tables. In this tip, weíll explore the use case where we generate a date table in the model.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck

Retrieve Error Column in SSIS 2016

When there is an error in the SQL Server Integration Services data flow it is helpful to know the error column. Learn how this can now be done in SSIS 2016.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Svetlana Golovko

SQL Server DBA On-Boarding Checklist

Database Administrator (DBA) on-boarding is not always as efficient as it could be. Whether this is for new full time employees or contractors. Check out this checklist to make sure your next hire is productive much quicker.

Author: Svetlana Golovko

Nat Sundar

Design Patterns for Calculated Tables in Power BI

In this tip we look at how you can use calculated tables to solve business problems when using Power BI.

Author: Nat Sundar

Manvendra Singh

Enable and Disable SQL Server Trace Flags on a Linux Server

In this tip we will look at different ways to enable and disable SQL Server trace flags when using SQL Server on a Linux server.

Author: Manvendra Singh

Ahmad Yaseen

Expand All Database Files Simultaneously Using SQL Server 2016 AUTOGROW_ALL_FILES

Learn how the SQL Server 2016 AUTOGROW_ALL_FILES database property expands all database files simultaneously through a series of code examples.

Author: Ahmad Yaseen

Bhavesh Patel

Query plan returns NULL when using SQL Server DMV sys.dm_exec_query_plan

I was working with SQL Server DMV sys.dm_exec_query_plan to get the query plan, but I was getting "NULL" returned instead of the query plan. In this tip we look at examples of this issue and how you can get the query plan when this occurs.

Author: Bhavesh Patel

Siddharth Mehta

NEW - SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services Tutorial

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is the technology from the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack to develop Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) solutions. Over the years SSAS has evolved and has emerged as a leader in the area of analytical solutions.

Author: Siddharth Mehta

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