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Latest SQL Server Tips

SQL Server Reporting Services Cross Chart Filtering

In this tip we cover how to build cross chart filtering in SQL Server Reporting Services as well as highlight all elements in multiple charts that have similar values.

Using BimlScript to Increase SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Productivity

Learn about BimlScript and it can be used to improve SQL Server Integration Services development productivity.

Overview of Machine Learning and Analytics in Cortana Intelligence Suite

This is an overview of Machine Learning and Analytics in Cortana Intelligence Suite including Azure Stream Analytics, Azure HDInsight, Azure Data Lake Analytics and Azure Machine Learning.

Customize SQL Server Reporting Services Reports Manager Portal

One of the basic standard requirements for any application that is deployed in an enterprise, is to brand the application to meet the enterprise standards. Read this tip to learn how to customize the look of the SSRS Reports Manager portal.

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

VMware Guest Based High Availability Clusters - Ways to Protect SQL and Maintain Flexibility

Register for the webinar and join Dave Bermingham, Microsoft Clustering and Datacenter MVP, to discuss ways to protect SQL in a VMware environment without sacrificing IT flexibility or important VMware features, and whether you can have a cluster and multi-site replication with VMware. Bring your thoughts and questions to this interactive session.

The liability of data: Securing data in SQL Server

Many people often refer to data as an asset, especially today. There are endless possibilities of slicing and mining every ounce of information out of it. Every security professional will tell you that it's actually a liability. Data breaches are expensive, damaging, and seen all too often. As data value of data grows the liability grows at the same rate. This webinar is focused on securing your data in SQL Server. Join me as I discuss how to secure your data and share tips on logins, roles, permissions, and more.

What's New in Master Data Services 2016?

SQL Server 2016 brings Master Data Services to a higher level: usability and performance improvements, flexible security and new features.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Query Store

With SQL Server 2016, Microsoft introduced the Query Store, which promised to track statement performance over time, pinpoint regressed queries and provide a more effective way to tune. In this informative and insightful session we will look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Query Store. How well does it actually work? What if your database is read only? What if you have lots of databases to monitor? How does it handle plan changes due to schema changes? Join Anat Dror and Jason Hall, Dell SQL Server experts to explore both the limitations and the sweet spot for using Query Store and discover insightful tips on what to monitor, when to use it and how best to leverage the data it is collecting.

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