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SQL Server Professional Development Tips and Tricks

Latest SQL Server Tips

SQL Server DBA On-Boarding Checklist

Database Administrator (DBA) on-boarding is not always as efficient as it could be. Whether this is for new full time employees or contractors. Check out this checklist to make sure your next hire is productive much quicker.

Finding a Job When You’re Currently Employed

In this tip we look at how to conduct a job search when you are currently employed.

Exam material for the Microsoft 70-473, Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

Review the material for the Microsoft 70-473, Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions exam and begin studying to improve your career.

The 6 Rules to be a Happy SQL Server DBA

To be a DBA, one has to be stress and pressure proof to deal with daily multiple tasks, flooding alerts, on-call standbys or some midnight wake-up calls. Without some principles, one can easily get drown in troubled water. As a DBA for many years, do you

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

Supercharge Your SQL Server Data Warehouse with Columnstore Indexes

Join this webinar to get up to speed on SQL Server Columnstore Indexes for Data Warehousing. You'll learn which types of columnstore indexes there are, how you can integrate them into your data warehouse and what performance gains you can expect.

Journey to the Cloud: Topologies to Consider for HA SQL in the Cloud

Join high availability expert Mike Traudt for a discussion of topologies and methodologies to consider when moving SQL to an HA environment in the cloud.

Align Data Model Changes with Development

In this webcast, we will demonstrate the IDERA ER/Studio data modeling tool and show how data model changes can be tracked and aligned with development user stories and tasks, including those in a JIRA project.

SQL Server Backup Strategies: One Size Does Not Fit All

In this session we go back to the fundamentals and review the types of backups available in SQL Server and discuss how and when to use each and how to combine them to form a complete recovery plan.

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