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SQL Server DBA Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

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How Forced Parameterization in SQL Server Affects Filtered Indexes

In this tip we look at how turning on Forced Parameterization for a SQL Server database can impact the usefulness of Filtered Indexes in that database.

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Optimize SQL Server estate monitoring with Redgate’s SQL Monitor

Learn about how SQL Monitor saves significant time for operational tasks and performance monitoring for large SQL Server environments with instances on premises, in the cloud, running in virtualized environments, clusters, and Availability Groups.

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Locking Resources in Azure with Read Only or Delete Locks

In this article we look at how to use Azure resource locks to limit who can modify or delete Azure resources.

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Migrating On-Premises Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence Solution to Azure

In this article we look at things to consider when migrating your on-premises business intelligence environment to Azure.

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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Storage and High Availability Options for SQL Server in the Cloud

This webinar will cover best practices for optimizing cloud storage and cost, how to leverage the cloud for disaster recovery, availability options and requirements for SQL Server and key factors to consider in your selection.

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Improving SQL Server Queries by Reading and Understanding Execution Plans

In this webinar we will cover how to use the tools SQL Server provides to capture execution plans, how to read an execution plan and how to write better queries to improve performance.

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Keep SQL Server’s Always On Running Smoothly

Learn how to monitor, alert, diagnose, and report on the performance of Always On Availability Groups, replicas, and databases with SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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