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Latest SQL Server Tips

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Entity Framework Core Raw SQL Queries Examples

In this article we look at how to run SQL Server queries with Entity Framework Core using the DbSet.FromSql method, parameterized queries, stored procedures and using the Database.ExecuteSqlCommand property.

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SQL Server Loop through Table Rows without Cursor

In this tip we look at a comparison of a SQL Server cursor and a While Loop to show how to perform the same operations using the two different looping mechanisms.

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Sort Alphanumeric Values in SQL Server

In this tip we look at ways to sort alphanumeric strings in SQL Server by decomposing all numeric values and sorting the string based on numeric sorting rules.

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How to Create a Pareto Chart in Power BI Desktop

In this tip we look at how to create a Pareto Chart which applies the Pareto principle aka the 80/20 rule using Power BI Desktop.

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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Improving SQL Server Queries by Reading and Understanding Execution Plans

In this webinar we will cover how to use the tools SQL Server provides to capture execution plans, how to read an execution plan and how to write better queries to improve performance.

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Keep SQL Serverís Always On Running Smoothly

Learn how to monitor, alert, diagnose, and report on the performance of Always On Availability Groups, replicas, and databases with SQL Diagnostic Manager.

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SQL Server on AWS Cloud: One Customer's Journey and Experience

Tom Staab, of AWS, and Dave Bermingham, of SIOS Technology Corp., discuss the benefits of running SQL Server business-critical application workloads on AWS while addressing key requirements of price, performance and availability.

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Troubleshooting Performance Issues with SQL Server Agent

In this webinar we'll take a look at how to troubleshoot SQL Server Agent issues. We'll demonstrate how to monitor and alert on performance with custom scripts, Extended Events, valuable PerfMon counters and more.

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