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Latest SQL Server Tips

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SQL Server Distributed Availability Groups with On-Premises and Azure Instances

In this tip we look at how to setup a SQL Server Distributed Availability Group using on-premises and Azure servers.



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Docker Container Names, Internals and Configuring Storage for SQL Server - Part 4

This tip covers container naming conventions, the internals of container images, configuring persistent storage for SQL Server containers and running multiple SQL Server containers on a single host machine.



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Azure Data Factory Pipeline Email Notification Part 1

Learn how to send notifications and alerts from Azure Data Factory using the Web Activity and an Azure Logic App.



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Create Azure Data Lake Linked Service Using Azure Data Factory

In this article we walk through a step-by-step example on how to create an Azure Data Lake Linked Service in Azure Data Factory v2.



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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SQL Server INFORMATION SCHEMA Tutorial

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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Introduction to SQL Server Query Store

Join this webcast to learn about the SQL Server Query Store and how it can be used to help you tune SQL Server for optimal performance.



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SQL Server Performance and Scalability

While the terms performance and scalability are often used interchangeably, the distinction between them is important to understand. At the end of this session, you should have a solid understanding of how to determine if your SQL Server database needs to scale or needs to perform better.



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Eating the Elephant: Cloud Database Migration Considerations

The days of explaining and justifying the cloud have passed. We no longer ask if we are going to the cloud; instead, we now ask when. Join SentryOne Chief Strategy Officer Douglas McDowell and SentryOne Solutions Engineer Devon Leann Wilson as they address the options, concerns, and benefits surrounding the many paths to migrating your on-premises and virtualized SQL Server workloads into the cloud.



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Making the Most of Indexes in Microsoft SQL Server

In this webcast we will look at the importance of indexing for SQL Server data and how to ensure the indexes you have created are getting you the best performance out of SQL Server.



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