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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /2 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Two simple commands that can be a big help in performance tuning.

The first thing that always comes to mind when discussing performance tuning is query plans and rightly so. They are the best information about what a query is doing and so how to improve it. However there are a couple of little commands that can be a...
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Chris Webb
Follow /2 Sep 2014 at 10:06am / SQL Server

Create Your Own Relationships Between Tables In The Excel Data Model With Power Query

You probably know that, when you are importing data from multiple tables in SQL Server into the Excel Data Model in Excel 2013 using Power Query, Power Query will automatically create relationships between those tables in the Data Model. But did you know...
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Jason Strate
Follow /1 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm / SQL Server

September 2014 – SQL Server Monthly Maintenance Checklist

image source It’s time for a monthly reminder to review you SQL Server environment.  As with anything, just because it appears to be running well, doesn’t mean that there isn’t an unknown element causing issues today or in the near...
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Nakul Vachhrajani
Follow /1 Sep 2014 at 4:30am / SQL Server

#0344 – SQL Server – Missing Configuration Manager on Windows 8

Microsoft SQL Server comes with a very powerful  configuration manager which can be used to manage the SQL Server services and control network visibility and footprint. Working without the SQL Server Configuration Manager is a nightmare for a DBA. SQL...
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Chris Webb
Follow /31 Aug 2014 at 11:45pm / SQL Server

This Is My 1000th Blog Post

Just a few months away from the tenth anniversary of my first post here, I’ve reached the milestone that is my 1000th blog post. If you’ve been with me since back then, thanks for reading! I have no idea how I managed to write so much – it’s an average...
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Larry Leonard
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 7:26pm / SQL Server

CMS: Find, in All Servers and Databases, if given Table.Column's data is unique

Using CMS , we can determine if all the Customer.CustomerID values are unique, and therefore, for example, a candidate for being made a primary key. -- Find, in All Servers and Databases, if given Table.Column's data is unique. set nocount on if...
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Larry Leonard
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 6:40pm / SQL Server

CMS: Find all Databases on all Servers with Table "A" without Column "B"

This CMS ( Central Management Server ) code will tell you, for all databases in all servers, which tables of a given name don't have a column of a given name. -- For all databases in all servers that have a "Customer" table, which ones don't...
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John Pertell
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 5:24pm / SQL Server

Phantom FileTable Constraints

I was writing a wrap-up post to my series on FileTables when a co-worker found something interesting. SQL will insert a phantom FileTable constraint when you use SQL Server Management Studio to create a script of a non FileTable table that has a clustered...
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Jason Strate
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 5:00pm / SQL Server

Reblog: August 22 to August 28

Photo credit – Husso I’ve always been a fan of the feeling when I find an old blog post that’s got just the information that I need to solve a problem or answer a question. It’s that whole “cha-ching” – buried...
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Kevin Kline
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 1:35pm / SQL Server

Four New Slide Decks for SQL Server and IT Pros from the DevLink 2014 Conference

I always enjoy presenting at the DevLink conference, presented each summer in middle Tennessee.  This year, I’m trying to be a better social media person and actually post my slides (in their most recent forms) on my SlideShare account for everyone...
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Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 1:30pm / SQL Server

Get Ready to Learn SQL in an Interview with Dennis Still

I recently got to know Dennis through twitter and essentaiSQL.com.  If you’re non-technical, you’ll find this interview inspiring.  You too can learn SQL.  If you’re a techie or IT pro, Dennis provides great comments and insights on...
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Tracy McKibben
Follow /29 Aug 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Friday Followup For August 29, 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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Stuart Ainsworth
Follow /28 Aug 2014 at 10:55pm / SQL Server

What I Wished I’d Known Sooner As A DBA

Mike Walsh has put together an excellent topic for discussion , and I’ve read several responses to this; all of them are great, but most them are a little optimistic for my experiences.  I like to think that most of my friends and peers in the #sqlfamily...
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Follow /28 Aug 2014 at 1:23pm / SQL Server

The Art of Performance Tuning

Performance tuning often gets called an art as people feel that a certain knack or innate talent comes into play. And whilst I don’t disagree that a certain level of knowledge is involved, I completely disagree that only certain people can performance...
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Chris Yates
Follow /28 Aug 2014 at 1:04pm / SQL Server

What I Wish I Had Known Sooner…as a DBA

Yesterday I took a minute and to review some posts by some Data Professionals and in doing so I came across and article by Erin Stellato . She had been tagged by Mike Walsh  who posted an article regarding 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA At...
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