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Latest SQL Server Tips

Create a linked server to MySQL from SQL Server

Linked servers are used to query remote databases and in this tip we will learn how to configure a linked server for a MySQL server from SQL Server.

Purge an Entity in Master Data Services 2016

In previous releases of Master Data Services (MDS), when you deleted a member from an entity it was only soft-deleted. In SQL Server 2016, you can now purge an entity using the user interface.

SQL Server 2016 Sort Order Batch Processing Mode

The default processing mode used in sorting data in SQL Server 2014 and earlier is Row processing mode. In this tip will look at Batch processing mode for the Sort operator introduced in SQL Server 2016.

Disconnecting SQL Server connections after query execution

When queries are run the connection to the database usually remains open. Read in this tip how to set an option to automatically disconnect the connection after the query executes.

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

Shaping Your Hiring Process to Attract Top Talent

Managers run into various roadblocks when trying to identify, engage, screen and attract quality candidates to join their teams. Itís frustrating when it takes a considerable amount of time to identify strong candidates, and even more frustrating to then lose them during the process.

Keeping the peace with your Sys Admins while Providing SQL Server High Availability

Providing high availability (HA) protection for SQL Server in VMware environments requires teamwork from SQL DBAs, VM Admins, and SAN admins, but each of these roles have different priorities that often put them at odds with each other. Join SQL Server MVP Dave Bermingham as he walks through common use cases that cause conflict between SQL DB Admins and VM Admins when SQL Server HA is involved and how they can be solved.

Simplify SQL Server Job Monitoring and Management

SQL Enterprise Job Manager provides comprehensive monitoring of SQL Server Agent jobs across the entire SQL Server landscape. Whether you have one instance or thousands, SQL Enterprise Job Manager provides an easier way of managing jobs. In this democast see SQL Enterprise Job Manager in action to quickly see what jobs are scheduled to run and when and get up to the minute status information. Quickly view jobs by instance or drill down into specific jobs to see alert settings, upcoming jobs, history details and more.

Explaining SQL Server Execution Plans

In this session, Scott Walz will discuss the value of Execution/Explain Plans and how to use them effectively. He will also show how DBArtisan and DB Optimizer tools can help simplify using Execution Plans and improving database performance.

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