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Adam Haines
Follow /30 Jan 2015 at 9:00pm / SQL Server

When Do You Ask for Help?

Being on the edge of a cliff is a common feeling when running a small business Stepping Back I am taking this moment to step back to try to process a few things myself in this post to hopefully gain some clarity. These are my ramblings on the state...
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Tracy McKibben
Follow /30 Jan 2015 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Friday Followup For January 30, 2015

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 Building (for FREE) a Virtual Server for SQL Demos...
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Project Lucy
Follow /30 Jan 2015 at 6:05am / SQL Server

Version 5 of the Spotlight Essentials Plug-in for SQL Server Management Studio

Version 5 of the Spotlight Essentials Plug-in for SQL Server Management Studio includes real-time Performance Health. This powerful new feature examines the wait events occurring on an instance to determine its overall health. New features in Version...
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Jen McCown
Follow /29 Jan 2015 at 8:15pm / SQL Server

Minion Reindex 1.1 Release (and re-release)

We released Minion Reindex version 1.1 last week. The changes are fairly small: Made sure Minion Reindex handles all nonstandard naming (e.g., object names with spaces or special characters). Added support for Availability Group replicas. (Basic AG support...
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Colleen Morrow
Follow /29 Jan 2015 at 3:00pm / SQL Server

Exam Prep 70-463: Data Flow Transformations

This post is part of a series on this blog that will help me, and hopefully you, pass exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  So far, we’ve covered: Tables and Schemas in the data warehouse Dimensions and...
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Dinesh Asanka
Follow /29 Jan 2015 at 5:29am / SQL Server

SQL Server String Functions Cheat Sheet

SqlBak.com presents you a free SQL Server String Functions Cheat Sheet. http://sqlbak.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TSQL-STRING-FUNCTIONS-CHEAT-SHEET.pdf http://dbfriend.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
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Paul Turley
Follow /29 Jan 2015 at 2:42am / SQL Server

Power BI Workshop Videos

I’ve created a series of five tutorial videos for a set of workshops I’ll be doing at several events this year.  The workshop is available from an hour-long quick demo to a full-day, hands-on workshop with a hosted lab environment in the cloud. ...
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Follow /28 Jan 2015 at 3:45pm / SQL Server

Join #TeamData for a Virtual Pi Day 5k

  Register You can join #TeamData on a virtual run or walk any time between 12-15 March. A virtual races means you run it wherever you want, whenever you want during those days.  You can even split your runs/walks over those days. HOW...
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Derik Hammer
Follow /28 Jan 2015 at 2:00pm / SQL Server

Active sessions and block duration

As a DBA, we all need the ability to take a quick glance at the currently active processes on our servers. A lot of times we do this during a problem such as transaction blocking. The first tool that normally comes to mind for this type of investigation...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /28 Jan 2015 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

A quick email interview of Pass President Thomas LaRock

Back in December I had the thought that it would be fun to do an email interview with someone. As I thought about it Thomas LaRock ( b / t ) sounded like a good choice since he has been working in the community for quite a while and is our current Pass...
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Follow /28 Jan 2015 at 6:52am / SQL Server

Join #TeamData for the Portland Half Marathon

If you’ve been following me on Twitter ( @datachick ), you know I’ve been checking some races off my bucket list.  I apologize for all those tweets, by the way…but I also loved the fact that people could Tweet to me while I ran.  It’s so helpful...
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Paul Turley
Follow /28 Jan 2015 at 4:26am / SQL Server

New Power BI Preview and Pricing

Some exciting announcements were made today about the new Power BI cloud-based business analytics service.  Today Power BI is an add-on service for Office 365 that requires an enterprise-level license – about $50 per user per month.  Data transformation...
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Follow /27 Jan 2015 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

What is a Database Trigger?

All the examples for this lesson are based on Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and the AdventureWorks2012 database.  You can get started using these free tools using my Guide  Getting Started Using SQL Server . What is a Database Trigger? A...
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Dinesh Asanka
Follow /27 Jan 2015 at 12:19pm / SQL Server

SQL Server 2014 Security Enhancements : User Object Permissions

In many database systems, it is a requirement to grant read permission for all databases. To achieve this, there is no other way but grant read permission to each and every database. Read more http://www.sql-server-performance.com/2015/sql-server-2014...
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Chris Shaw
Follow /27 Jan 2015 at 12:00pm / SQL Server

Tip # 3 – Maintain your SQL Server

Top 10 Tips for SQL Server Performance and Resiliency This article is part 3 of 10 in a series on the most common mistakes that I have seen impacting SQL Server Performance and Resiliency. This post is related to the most common errors I see and is...
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