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Nakul Vachhrajani
Follow /22 Sep 2014 at 4:30am / SQL Server

#0347 – SQL Server – Basics – A SELECT that does not fetch anything also does not SET anything

In today’s post, I go all the way back to the basics because of a logical bug I saw in production code recently. It is always said to be a good practice to initialize variables within procedures so that you know what the default value is and what are...
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Chris Shaw
Follow /19 Sep 2014 at 7:57pm / SQL Server

Avoid Technology Debt

Can you afford to miss this free training class? See the end of this post on how to sign up. Have you ever been in a situation where you are working on implementing a SQL Server based solution and you need to make a decision about the technology that...
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Jason Strate
Follow /19 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm / SQL Server

Reblog: September 12 to September 18

Photo credit – Jenn and Tony Bot Sometimes old stuff is just as cool as new stuff. Over the past few years, I’ve written a few things that are worth a revisit from time to time. In this post, you’ll find a list of previous year’s...
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Jen McCown
Follow /19 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm / SQL Server

Wendy Pastrick and Grant Fritchey: Optimists in Action #passvotes

If I had a favorite kind of politician, it would be the kind that, when asked a question, sighs tiredly, and then regains their gleam of manic optimism as they begin to speak about the path ahead. Given that, my two favorite politicians right now are...
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Jorge Segarra
Follow /19 Sep 2014 at 2:30pm / SQL Server

EPM Framework v4 Released!

The Enterprise Policy Management Framework (EPMF) team is proud to announce the updated release of “Enterprise Policy Management Framework 4.0 for project EPMFramework. This is a major release with lots of performance tweaks and The EPM Framework...
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Tracy McKibben
Follow /19 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Friday Followup For September 19, 2014

It’s Friday, time to look back at the most popular RealSQLGuy posts of the week. Because it’s Friday and you’re not doing any real work anyway. Posts That Were Popular This Week Don’t Get Slimed By Bad Parameter Sniffing...
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Chris Webb
Follow /18 Sep 2014 at 9:17pm / SQL Server

Handling Data Source Errors In Power Query

Recently I was asked an interesting question by Ondra Plánička in the comments of a blog post : how can you handle errors caused by unavailable or missing data sources in Power Query? Let’s imagine you are loading a csv file like this one into Excel...
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Follow /18 Sep 2014 at 3:58pm / SQL Server

Tips for First-Timers Attending PASS Summit 2014

Are you attending PASS Summit 2014 ? If this is your first year at the conference and you’re not sure what to expect, then you are in luck! We are taking the stress and hard work out of conference prep with a simple snap shot of what you need to...
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Follow /18 Sep 2014 at 3:45pm / SQL Server

Video: Walk & Talk #002 – RTO

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) What is it and why does it matter? I am actually walking this time! Join me to walk & talk through what the RTO (Recovery Time Objective) is with regards to SQL Server. Location: American Chestnut Land Trust –...
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David Dye
Follow /18 Sep 2014 at 2:35pm / SQL Server


A common question is what is the difference between truncating a table and deleting a table.  The short answer is that they both do the same thing, but in different ways.  So consider that you have a table that contains 1,000,000 rows and you need to...
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Chris Yates
Follow /18 Sep 2014 at 1:17pm / SQL Server

Passwords – A T-SQL Tuesday Topic

Being engrossed with the daily tasks at hand I completely missed this month’s T-SQL Tuesday is being brought to you by Sebastian Meine Blog | Twitter . Although the time frame has passed I would be amiss if I didn’t continue on my journey...
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Larry Leonard
Follow /17 Sep 2014 at 7:08pm / SQL Server

CMS: List All Jobs that Do Not Notify on Failure

Using CMS , we can get a list of all the Jobs on all the servers that have no email (nor page, nor netsend) notification set up for Failure. This can be useful to find Jobs that are silently failing, and even Jobs that are no longer in use. -- Find Jobs...
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Larry Leonard
Follow /17 Sep 2014 at 6:22pm / SQL Server

CMS: List Jobs not Writing to the Windows Event Log

Using CMS , we can get a list of all the SQL Agent Jobs that aren't writing to the Windows Event Log upon failure, and set them to do so. -- Check for Jobs that aren't writing to the Event Log. declare @JobName sysname -- 0 - Never -- 1 ...
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David Dye
Follow /17 Sep 2014 at 6:13pm / SQL Server

Why is My Log File so Big??

This is probably one of the most common posts that I see on the MSDN forums and hear from students.  The most common answer is that the database has been set to full or bulk logged recovery model and a transaction log backup has not been completed.  So...
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Ayman El-Ghazali
Follow /17 Sep 2014 at 3:44pm / SQL Server

[SQL Snacks Video] Performance Tuning 101 – Baseline with PAL Tools

Welcome to Part 1 of my SQL Snack Pack on Performance Tuning! The series is dedicated to help beginners understand how to start performance tuning with SQL Server. This first video describes how to setup a baseline for your system using the PAL tools...
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