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Arthur Olcot
Follow /19 Dec 2014 at 1:38pm / SQL Server

XQuery – Accessing the Attributes Axis

Working with a sequence of attributes in XQuery is fairly straight forward with the “attribute” axis even if you don’t know or need to know the attribute names. By using this axis you can access all of the attributes within the given...
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Tracy McKibben
Follow /19 Dec 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Friday Followup For December 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 sp_BackupDatabases v1.3 Cheating DBCC To Fix Index...
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Gethyn Ellis
Follow /19 Dec 2014 at 10:58am / SQL Server

Offer – Any e-book for $5

Packt Publishing are having a price drop bonanza over the Christmas period. You can get any e-book for just $5 (£3.60 in British money). This includes my book, Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Administration The offer will run from Thursday 18th Dec...
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Dinesh Asanka
Follow /19 Dec 2014 at 5:08am / SQL Server

SQL Server 2014 – Delayed Transaction Durability

Prior to SQL Server 2014, SQL Server used a Write Ahead Log (WAL) mechanism which means that changes are written to the transaction log before they are committed. The major advantage with this mechanism is that there will be no data loss . However, since...
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Shaun Stuart
Follow /18 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm / SQL Server

Using PowerShell For More Readable Log Files

Most of the scheduled jobs on my SQL Servers write some sort of output to a log file. Most of the time, it's just the output of a SQL statement. However, for some of my longer, more complicated routines, the procedures I write include PRINT statements...
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James Serra
Follow /17 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm / SQL Server

Analytics Platform System (APS) AU3 released

The Analytics Platform System (APS) , which is a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) , has just released an appliance update (AU3), which is sort of like a service pack, except that it includes many new features.  These appliance updates are...
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John Sterrett
Follow /17 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm / SQL Server

Building Your First Windows Azure Machine

Recently, I had the pleasure of writing another article that was included the Notes From the Field series that is hosted out on SQLAuthority.com . This tip was my first one working with Azure.  To me its remarkable how quickly you can spin up an instance...
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Derik Hammer
Follow /17 Dec 2014 at 2:00pm / SQL Server

My Epic Life Quest – Level 2 Achieved

DING – LEVEL 2 !!! I am excited to announce that I have achieved level 2 in My Epic Life Quest . My epic life quest is an idea that I got from Steve Kamb via Brent Ozar. As life goals are achieved you gain experience and after 5 achievements...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /17 Dec 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Playing with the log – VLF order while growing the log

The log file is one of those parts of SQL Server I find fascinating. For instance it is composed of VLFs (virtual log files). These VLFs are a logical way for SQL to break the physical file down into smaller pieces. These pieces are then marked as “in...
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Melissa Coates
Follow /17 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm / SQL Server

Power Pivot Update and Issue with Relationships Between Tables

Yesterday the Power BI team released a fantastic new update that improves the usability of Power Pivot inside of Excel. I'm thrilled with what I've seen so far as it removes a lot of the delays when making changes to the data model. However.....
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Chris Webb
Follow /16 Dec 2014 at 10:17pm / SQL Server

Bing Pulse

A recent post on the Bing blog alerted me to a Microsoft service called Bing Pulse that I hadn’t heard about before. It’s a way of collecting and analysing audience feedback in real time during events like TV programmes, sporting events and speeches;...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /16 Dec 2014 at 10:03pm / SQL Server

‘Twas 4:45 Friday

‘Twas 4:45 Friday, and all through the office not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses. The code was checked in, into Tortoise with care, in hopes a release date – soon would be there. The devs were all slumped – in front...
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Follow /16 Dec 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Interview with Jack Vamvas

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jack Vamvas about SQL, Optimization, and being a DBA. This interview is sprinkled with many gems of practical advice.  1. What is some advice you would give someone that wanted to become a DBA? Learn...
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Follow /16 Dec 2014 at 12:08pm / SQL Server


Row_Number SQL Server SQL Server includes several Ranking Functions that can be called in T-SQL.  One of these is the Row_Number() function.  You can use this function to return a sequential number in your result set that begins at 1. There are 2...
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Jen McCown
Follow /15 Dec 2014 at 2:29pm / SQL Server

Create a clustered index and a primary key on existing tables

It’s the simple things in life that can trip people up. I find that creating primary keys and clustered indexes on existing tables is one that newish DBAs tend to trip up on, and so (like I do), I shall blog about it so there’s a nice, clear...
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