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SQL Server Developer Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

Populate Large Tables with Random Data for SQL Server Performance Testing

In this tip we will see how to create large SQL Server tables of random data that can be used for performance testing.

Compare SQL Server Table Join Performance for INT vs BIGINT vs GUID Data Types

In this tip we look at the performance differences when joining tables using INT, BIGINT and GUID data types.

Using T-SQL for Finding Narrowing Ranges of Data

Learn how to use T-SQL to find narrowing ranges of data with statistical functions in SQL Server.

Retrieve Actively Running T-SQL Statements from SQL Server

Learn about the SQL Server 2016 replacement for DBCC INPUTBUFFER with the sys.dm_exec_input_buffer DMF that enables you to see the input buffers for all spids.

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

How to Quickly Resolve Performance Problems for the IIS / .NET / SQL Server Stack

Join Bill Ellis as he demonstrates how IDERA Precise for .NET connects application transactions to SQL statements across the tightly coupled IIS / .NET / SQL Server stack.

Instantly Access Data in SQL Server Backup Files to Increase Application Availability

Join this webcast to learn how to instantly access your data in backup files via several conventional and advanced recovery capabilities with SQL Safe Backup.

Troubleshooting SQL Server Connection Issues

In this webcast we will look at SQL Server connection issues and how to diagnose and resolve them. Attend this webcast and learn from Robert Davis who is a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server and a Data Platform MVP.

Data Modeling Tips for DBAs

DBAs often find themselves doing data modeling as an extra task, and may need some guidance on how to do this effectively. In this webinar we will show you some data modeling tips with ER/Studio, including reverse-engineering, using submodels, color-coding, and more.

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