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Latest SQL Server Tips

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Enter and Edit Data in SQL Server Reporting Services

In this tip we show how you can create additional tables and add data on the fly when building reports using Report Builder for SQL Server Reporting Services.

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Export MySQL data to Excel using SQL Server Integration Services

In this tip we look at how to setup SSIS to use a MySQL data source and export data to an Excel spreadsheet.

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Multi-detail reports using sub reports in SQL Server Reporting Services

In this tip we look at how to use sub reports to correctly display multi-detail reports within a main SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report.

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Handling Intra-Day Changes for Type 2 Slowly Changing Dimensions in SQL Server Integration Services - Part 4

This is the final part of a series of tips on implementing a slowly changing dimension type 2 in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). In this final part we will introduce a solution for dealing with intra-day changes.

SQL Server Tutorials

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Untangle TempDB Performance with SQL Diagnostic Manager

Join David Terry to learn how to quickly identify and resolve tempdb performance issues using IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager. View the space, contention, and health of tempdb via a series of charts, views, alerts, and reports that are unique to tempdb. In detail, monitor the file space, version store, sessions space usage, and wait stats for tempdb.

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The Trade-off Between SQL Server Security and Performance

Join Rey Rios as he demonstrates how IDERA SQL Management Suite monitors and tracks changes to SQL Server objects and data, and sends alerts on suspicious activity to ensure compliance with requirements for industry regulations and data security. It also monitors, alerts, diagnoses, and tunes SQL Server availability, health, and performance.

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Create Models for Azure SQL Database

IDERA’s Anil Mahadev will demonstrate how to reverse-engineer an Azure SQL Database, troubleshoot connectivity issues, and generate DDL scripts for database updates.

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An Introduction to Auditing & Compliance for SQL Server

Security, compliance, and auditing are all related, but they aren't the same thing. Passing an audit doesn't mean you're secure and being secure doesn't mean you can pass the audit! Attend this webcast to learn more.

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