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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Installing SQL Server vNext CTP1 on Redhat Linux 7.2

In this tip we cover the steps to install SQL Server on Linux.

Enabling Active Geo-Replication For Azure SQL Database

In this tip learn how to reduce the amount of data loss and have one or more hot secondary servers ready for failover when using Azure SQL Database.

Finding what SQL Server Trace Flags were enabled for a query

In this tip learn how to find out what trace flags were enabled for a SQL Server query by looking at the execution plan.

Simplify Enterprise Application Integration with JAMS

Learn how to simplify enterprise application integration with JAMS including coordinating business processes, code management, security, monitoring and more.

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

Share the Love with Data Model Change Management with ER/Studio

IDERA’s Ron Huizenga will demonstrate how ER/Studio can help data modelers track changes and associate them with user stories and tasks, including JIRA integration.

Building a Successful Database Security Model

In this webinar we’ll look at how to start with a set of security requirements and develop a logical but complete model to protect the data for your application, including handling multiple tiers of access.

Improve Database Performance Beyond Explain Plans with Rapid SQL and DB Optimizer

Are you looking for ways to improve your database performance? Can you identify and analyze which queries are impacting operations? Attend this webcast to learn how to improve performance with Rapid SQL and DB Optimizer.

Need a clear path to database health? What if you had a GPS for SQL Tuning?

We have all come to rely on our favorite navigation tool to help us find the quickest and easiest route to our destination. Using a GPS device to map our way has even saved a few marriages. As a SQL Server professional, what if you could use similar technology to find the fastest path to database health and performance? Join this informative webinar to learn how.

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