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Latest SQL Server Tips

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Setting SQL Server Configuration Options with AWS RDS Parameter Groups

In this tip we take a look at how to setup server and database configuration options when using AWS RDS by using parameter groups.

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SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting Database Health Checklist

In this tip we look at some PowerShell and T-SQL scripts that you can use to help troubleshoot SQL Server performance issues.

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Orphaned User Detection for SQL Server High Availability Databases

In this tip we look at a way to detect if their are issues between logins and users for databases that are setup for high availability.

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Creating a SQL Server Availability Group Dashboard for All Servers

In this tip we look at how to create a comprehensive report for the Availability Group Dashboard information we see in SSMS, so we can see the status of all Availability Groups in one dashboard.

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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Quickly fix index and query performance problems with SQL Diagnostic Manager

Attend this webinar to learn how to monitor and diagnose the performance of SQL Server indexes and queries multiple different ways (such as viewing query signatures, query statements, query history, query waits, query execution plans, worst offenders, and prescriptive workload analysis) in a SQL Server environment with IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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Quickly Fix Application Performance Problems for the .NET Technology Stack with Precise

Attend this webcast to learn how Precise for .NET can help you resolve application problems before they affect the organization.

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Quickly Fix Tempdb Performance Issues

Attend this webinar to learn how to quickly identify and resolve tempdb performance issues using IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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Auditing SQL Server Using Extended Events

In this session well look at why you should be using Extended Events, how to use them, what information they can provide, and how specifically to tailor their use to audit your SQL Servers.

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