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Latest SQL Server Tips

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SQL Server and R with dplyr Package Examples for mutate, transmute, summarise, group_by, pipe and filter

In this second part of this tip series we take a look at the dplyr package for R that can be used to query data using the R Language with SQL Server and build data visualizations.

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SQL Server Security Functions

Learn about SQL Server functions that can help identify logins, database users, permissions and more with code examples.

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Ways to compare and find differences for SQL Server tables and data

Sometimes we need to compare tables and/or data to know what was changed. This tip shows you different ways to compare SQL Server data, datatypes and tables.

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SQL Server script to rebuild all indexes for all tables and all databases

In this tip we look at a simple script you can use to rebuild all SQL Server indexes for all specified databases.

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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The Basics of Better Data Models

Join us for this webinar to learn some basic mechanics and best practices for creating data models that add value to the business.

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SQL Server Development Best Practices

Join us for this free webcast and learn things about SQL Server database design, T-SQL development, optimizing for performance, BI development and more.

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How to monitor the performance of SQL Server's tempdb system database

Join us for this webcast to learn how to monitor tempdb to improve its performance on-premises and in the cloud with SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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