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Latest SQL Server Tips

Using JSON as a data source for a SQL Server Reporting Services report

In this tip we cover how you can use JSON source data as input for a SSRS report.

Port SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular Databases to SSAS vNext CTP 1.1

SQL Server vNext CTP 1.1 has been released. This CTP has some interesting enhancements for SSAS Tabular. In order to try these enhancements, one may want to port their existing SSAS solutions or create a new SSAS solution in the SSAS vNext.

Creating High-Low-Open-Close Candlestick Charts with SQL Server Reporting Services

Read this tip to learn how to create high low open close stock price Candlestick charts using SQL Server Reporting Services.

Using a Parameter in a SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 Mobile Report

I created a mobile SSRS report using Mobile Report Publisher but it loads slow. In this tip learn how to use parameters to pre-filter the data.

SQL Server Tutorials

SQL Server Backup Tutorial

One of your last lines of defense for just about any system is to have a backup in place in case there is a need to recover some or all of your data. This is also true for SQL Server. In this tutorial we will discuss selecting the correct recovery models, what backup options are available, and how to create backups using T-SQL commands and SQL Server Management Studio.

SQL Server Restore Tutorial

What good is a backup if you do not know to restore the backup. In this tutorial we will look at what restore options are available and which options are only accessible using T-SQL commands.


The INFORMATION_SCHEMA views allow you to retrieve metadata about the objects within a database. These views can be found in the master database under Views / System Views and be called from any database in your SQL Server instance. In this tutorial we look at some of these INFORMATION_SCHEMA views and how they can be used.

SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Tuning Tutorial

In this tutorial we will cover some of the common issues with performance such as: deadlocks, blocking, missing and unused indexes, I/O bottlenecks, poor query plans, statistics, wait stats and fragmentation.

SQL Server Webcasts

Share the Love with Data Model Change Management with ER/Studio

IDERA’s Ron Huizenga will demonstrate how ER/Studio can help data modelers track changes and associate them with user stories and tasks, including JIRA integration.

Building a Successful Database Security Model

In this webinar we’ll look at how to start with a set of security requirements and develop a logical but complete model to protect the data for your application, including handling multiple tiers of access.

Improve Database Performance Beyond Explain Plans with Rapid SQL and DB Optimizer

Are you looking for ways to improve your database performance? Can you identify and analyze which queries are impacting operations? Attend this webcast to learn how to improve performance with Rapid SQL and DB Optimizer.

Need a clear path to database health? What if you had a GPS for SQL Tuning?

We have all come to rely on our favorite navigation tool to help us find the quickest and easiest route to our destination. Using a GPS device to map our way has even saved a few marriages. As a SQL Server professional, what if you could use similar technology to find the fastest path to database health and performance? Join this informative webinar to learn how.

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