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Latest SQL Server Tips

Performance Issues when Updating Data with a SQL Server Linked Server

Linked servers are great to query remote databases, but when running update queries they don't always behave like they should. In this tip I will show you a situation where several queries worked fine, but a few did not behave as planned. I will also sh

Faster Way to Transfer Data from SQL Server 2014 to Oracle 11g

In a prior tip we looked at using Linked Servers to transfer data between SQL Server and Oracle. Transferring data to Oracle from SQL Server was really slow and this tip shows a faster approach.

Database Cloning in SQL Server for Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

Microsoft released SQL Server 2014 SP2 and with this new service pack we get some new features. This update introduces database cloning in which a new database will be created that contains just the schema of all the objects and statistics from the specif

SQL Server Agent Job Advanced Management

When we set up a SQL Server Agent Job, from time to time, there may be some special requirements/wishes on how the jobs should behave. How can we support these needs in SQL Server?

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

Building a Successful Job Search Strategy

In this webcast, we’ll discuss our top recommendations for a successful online candidate branding and job search strategy.

Secure SQL Server on AWS EC2 and RDS

In this webcast we will review the Amazon SQL Server Database security features on EC2 and RDS as well as compare and contrast these technologies to an on-premises installation so that you can determine how well they meet your requirements.

Real Time Performance Issues? Time to Get Precise!

Who hasn't heard this complaint? "Our system is running slowly right now." It's a universal challenge across every industry, but the solution is often unique. That's mostly because enterprise systems grow more complex by the day. That makes troubleshooting increasingly difficult. Join us to learn more about how to analyze the complete IT stack and solve today's performance issues.

Deploying SQL in the Cloud: 5 Things You Need to Know

Register for this webinar to learn five key tips that can save you money and ensure you get the most value from your cloud deployment. Dave Bermingham, Microsoft Clusters and Datacenter MVP and Tony Tomarchio, Director, Field Engineering SIOS Technology will share the insights they have gained from helping hundreds of companies deploy SQL in cloud environments. Learn how to save thousands of dollars in licensing costs, eliminate complexity in your deployment process, and provide easy, cost efficient high availability and disaster protection.

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