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Latest SQL Server Tips

SQL Server 2016 Exec Query Stats DMV Enhancements

I noticed that in SQL Server 2016 the system catalog view sys.dm_exec_query_stats has many new columns. In this tip we take a high level view of these new columns.

What's New in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016

SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services offers many new features and capabilities. In this tip we cover some of these enhancements.

Quickly identify non-default sp_configure values for a SQL Server instance

You need a simple tool to detect any SQL Server configuration values that have been changed from their default value. Read this tip to learn how.

IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager v10.1 Release

IDERA just announced the release of SQL Diagnostic Manager version 10.1. This new version offers many new features to an already exhaustive list of functionality that's part of SQL Diagnostic Manager. The product just keeps getting better and continues t

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.

Get Out of the Box Simplicity with Uptime Infrastructure Monitoring

Uptime Infrastructure Monitor is a comprehensive monitoring solution for your entire environment, including SQL Server. In this democast learn how administrators can setup any number of infrastructure elements to monitor as well as define an unlimited number of user groups and user notification options to ensure the right people get access to the information they need.

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.

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