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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

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Changes to CXPACKET waits in SQL Server

In many OLTP systems, parallelism is only truly useful on a subset of queries. Most of the typical workload is comprised of quick queries that affect a small number of rows and, in turn, consume very little in terms of resources. When queries do end up us

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PowerShell AWS Tools for Fast File Copy

Learn how to have a fast file copy with the PowerShell AWS tools.

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Automate refresh of a SQL Server database that is part of an Availability Group

Check out this tip that shows the steps to automate refreshing a database that is part of an AlwaysOn Availability Group.

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Monitoring SQL Server Blocked Sessions with SQLCMD

In this tip we look at useful scripts that can be used with sqlcmd to help troubleshoot blocking issues.

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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Demystify Database Development with Aqua Data Studio

Join Devin Gallagher to learn how the Aqua Data Studio IDE helps developers improve database applications across diverse platforms.

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Improve the Performance of SQL Server Services with SQL BI Manager

IDERA’s Rey Rios will demonstrate how SQL BI Manager provides comprehensive monitoring of SSAS, SSRS and SSIS and the servers they reside on.

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Identifying and Solving Common SQL Server Performance Problems with SQL Doctor

Attend this webcast to learn how SQL Doctor leverages proven industry best practices to analyze the performance and provide expert recommendations plus executable scripts for SQL Server.

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Improve the Performance of the Tempdb System Database with SQL Diagnostic Manager

Attend this webcast to see how to quickly identify and resolve performance issues with the tempdb system database using IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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