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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

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Installing Extensions in SQL Operations Studio

In this tip we look at how to add extended functionally to SQL Operations Studio by installing available extensions.

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Detecting Write-Protection Changes On Disks that Cause File Access Errors

In this tip we look at a way to detect if a folder is write protected. This can be an issue when trying to write out data from SQL Server to the file system or even accessing database files that might be in a write protected folder.

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Faster Way to Resync Log Shipped SQL Server Database After Restore Failure

In this tip we look at methods to resync a SQL Server log shipped database quicker after a log shipping restore failure.

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Script to show how much a SQL Server database has changed since last full backup

In this tip we look at a script that can be used to show how much a SQL Server database has changed from the last backup.

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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Database Development Made Easy with Aqua Data Studio

If you are new to a specific platform, you may not be familiar with how it differs from what you might be used to in SQL Server. A tool like Aqua Data Studio can help to streamline development across multiple database platforms, by simplifying connectivity, increasing productivity, and improving accuracy. Attend this webcast to learn more.

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How can a DBA Participate in DevOps?

This webcast will introduce the high-level concept of DevOps to a DBA audience while specifically focusing on how a DBA can participate in, enhance and embrace an organizationís DevOps methodology.

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Improve Database Performance by Tuning Problematic SQL Queries

Join us for a demonstration of how IDERA SQL Query Tuner identifies previously undetected performance issues, accelerates SQL profiling and tuning, and visualizes complex SQL queries. We will also look at how IDERA SQL Doctor profiles SQL queries and generates expert recommendations to tune the performance of SQL queries and database indexes.

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Managing and Monitoring Hybrid SQL Server Database Environments

In an ever changing SQL Server environment, efficient management and monitoring is critical. In this webcast we describe the differences between Azure DB and on-premises SQL Server database environments and show how these are managed differently by the Database Administrator.

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