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Latest SQL Server Tips

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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption Alternative Solution - NetLib Security Encryptionizer

Whether you are facing GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, etc. regulations, encrypting your SQL Server databases is a critical component to be compliant. SQL Server offers a few different options, but you should be aware of alternative solutions to be compliant.

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Read Excel File in SQL Server with OPENROWSET or OPENDATASOURCE

In this tip we look at how to read an Excel file from within SQL Server using OpenRowSet and OpenDataSource along with the possible errors you may encounter and how to fix these issues.

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SQL Server User Defined Function Overview

In this article we look at the different types of SQL Server User Defined Functions and how they can be created and used.

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Find SQL Server Stored Procedure Create, Modified, Last Execution Date and Code

In this tip we look at different scripts you can use to find when a SQL Server stored procedure was created, modified, last executed and to also return the code for the stored procedure.

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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Cross-Platform Database Performance Monitoring

Most organizations have more than one database platform, yet the challenge of finding and solving performance issues remains the same. Learn how the SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) provides a unique approach to database performance management incorporating machine learning and wait-based analysis.

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Storage and High Availability Options for SQL Server in the Cloud

This webinar will cover best practices for optimizing cloud storage and cost, how to leverage the cloud for disaster recovery, availability options and requirements for SQL Server and key factors to consider in your selection.

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