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Latest SQL Server Tips

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Predicting Customer Spend with a Neural Network using R and SQL Server

This tip introduces the reader to neural networks and shows how we can use SQL Server and R to codify data, create and train an R-based neural network, store the definition of a neural network within SQL Server for re-use, and create stored procedures whi

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Introduction to Bash Scripting: Parameter Expansions

In this tip learn how to use parameter expansions when working with Bash scripts.

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Getting Started with Data Analysis and Visualization with SQL Server and R

In this tip we will look at various ways to visualize your SQL Server data using R tools.

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Azure Automation and PowerShell Runbooks

Learn now to automate processes on Azure using PowerShell runbooks.

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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Are you worried about failures with SQL Server’s high availability?

Join us to learn how to avoid pitfalls with SQL Server’s Always On that can cause unexpected failures. With SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server, monitor Always On availability groups, availability databases, and availability replicas.

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How to Pass a SQL Server Compliance Audit

Join this session to learn how to prepare for and pass your audits using SQL Compliance Manager.

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Break Out of Your Silo – Know Your SQL Server Storage!

OK, new year, time to put excuses aside. Join us for a discussion about common I/O issues and how SolarWinds® Storage Resource Monitor can help you optimize existing storage, provide visibility into systemic latency issues, and elevate your knowledge as a SQL Server database professional and provide the tools you need to have productive conversations with your Storage Admins.

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SQL Server Database Administration Made Easy

Join IDERA’s Devin Gallagher as he demonstrates how Aqua Data Studio enables DBAs to effectively manage a complex SQL Server or multi-platform environment with a rich set of features that improve your productivity.

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