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Creating a SQL Server 2014 Linked Server for an Oracle 11g Database

Read these step-by-step instructions for installing an Oracle database server and setting up a SQL Server linked server that can query the data within the Oracle database server.

Altering lock escalation for SQL Server tables

Learn about SQL Server lock escalation modes and how to modify how lock escalation occurs on user tables.

ColumnStore Index Recommendations using SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor

Use the SQL Server 2015 Upgrade Advisor to get recommendations on creating columnstore indexes in your database.

SQL Server DBCC CHECKDB Overview

Database corruption can be a problem and can cause serious damage to a database. There are a few ways to detect database corruption, but this tip will focus more on DBCC CHECKDB.

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

What's New with High Availability in SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016

Join Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP David Bermingham for a look at the new high availability features included with SQL Server 2016 and the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016. Newly branded "Always On Availability Groups", Cloud Witness, Storage Replica, and SANLess clusters and more will be reviewed. Bring your questions to this informative session.

Easily find and fix performance issues using intelligent diagnostics with DBArtisan

In this demonstration probe into the performance of SQL statements by providing visibility and insight as to how syntax, cardinality, index usage and data skew affect and vary performance over time in a variety of situations. Join us for this product demonstration of DBArtisan.

What's new in SQL Server Integration Services 2016?

SQL Server Integration Services is Microsoft's leading data integration and transformation tool. In this webcast, we will take a look at which exciting new features SQL Server 2016 has to offer. You'll discover how much easier SSIS development becomes and how administration has been simplified. Join us in this demo-packed talk to find out what's coming in SQL Server 2016 Integration Servicesand put yourself ahead of the learning curve.

Recovering from Ransomware in Minutes

Ransomware is a real threat and can impact any part of your business, including SQL Server. In this session, learn how to protect your business from one of its biggest threats. We will cover Best Practice guidelines for preventing infection in the first place, followed by details of how Zerto can be used to re-wind and recover as if the infection never happened.

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