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James Serra
Follow /17 Apr 2014 at 5:36pm / SQL Server

What is the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)?

Analytics Platform System (APS) is simply a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW).   It is not really a new product, but rather a name change due to a new feature in Appliance Update 1 (AU1) of PDW.  That new feature is the ability to have a HDInsigh...
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Follow /17 Apr 2014 at 12:56pm / SQL Server

Hey Native Tools – What Have You Done for Me Lately?

When it comes to backup and recovery, industry veterans know that for years Microsoft has provided a very capable, out-of-the-box tool, already built into SQL Server. However, these same veterans have also figured out that with this solution, comes limitations...
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Gethyn Ellis
Follow /17 Apr 2014 at 8:00am / SQL Server

SSMS Auto Recovery

By David Postlethwaite At my presentation on SQL Server Management Studio at SQL Saturday in Exeter I promised to write some articles on Gethyn’s blog about the bits I didn’t manage to cover. SQL Server Management Studio will autosave your unsaved query...
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Jen Stirrup
Follow /17 Apr 2014 at 8:00am / SQL Server

Why I refused a session at SQLBits; it's not about your rank, but your legacy

In martial arts it is not your belt rank that matters but the legacy you leave.” – Grandmaster CK Leow, Founder, Moodukkwan Malaysia I've attended every SQLBits except two: the first one, because I didn't know about it, and SQLBits 6, because...
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Tom LaRock
Follow /17 Apr 2014 at 1:00am / SQL Server

You’re Doing It Wrong – Database Standards

Having standards is important. If you don’t believe me, just ask your spouse or significant other. Knowing that such things are important I am willing to wager that your company has spent time putting together a set of standards to be followed with...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /16 Apr 2014 at 12:00pm / SQL Server

Who is an expert?

Recently Paul Randal had a brief rant on twitter where he complained about the fact that there are no stupid questions which lead to a discussion on and how experts should and should not react to said questions. I’ve been thinking about what makes...
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Gethyn Ellis
Follow /16 Apr 2014 at 8:00am / SQL Server

From where does SSMS get its database defaults?

We can create a database simply by typing in the command create database DB1 We don’t have to provide any other parameters for SSMS to be able to create the database My Question is from where does SQL get the default values when we create a database without...
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Ryan Adams
Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 8:30pm / SQL Server

Central Management Server White Paper

Below is a link to a white paper I wrote on Central Management Server.  This white paper is an excellent guide for those who have never used it before.  It walks you through how to use CMS from beginning to end.  Here is what you can expect to learn:...
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Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 5:20pm / SQL Server

Why a Boot Camp?

As a some of you may already know, I am now offering SQL Server boot camps with the first one being this July in Washington DC. Over the last couple of weeks since I announced this I’ve had a few questions as to why I am offering a boot camp and more...
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James Serra
Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm / SQL Server

Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) AU1 released

Microsoft’s PDW has seen a big boost in visibility and sales over the past year, and part of the reason is due to frequent upgrades to the hardware and software.  About every six months there is an appliance update, which is sort of like a service...
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Ayman El-Ghazali
Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 12:55pm / SQL Server

[SQL Snacks Video] SQL Server Table Partitioning 102

Welcome back for part 2 of my SQL Snack Pack on Table Partitioning! If you have not watched the first video, I would highly encourage you to do so. In this second video I will discuss the following: Creating a new Range in our Partition for new data ...
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Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 11:31am / SQL Server

Save an Excel table as a SharePoint List

Quick post today, but really handy. I recently had a list of values that I needed to save as a list on a SharePoint BI site. The good news is that this is much easier than I originally thought to accomplish. To demonstrate, I’ll start by opening up...
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Rohit Garg
Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 9:33am / SQL Server

SQL Server 2000 || Disable sa login

Question : How to disable sa user in SQL Server 2000? Reason : Due to Security requirement of audit, We have to disable sa user for all SQL instances in environment having SQL 2000 \2005\2008 & 2008 R2. Answer : We can disable sa user from SQL...
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Follow /15 Apr 2014 at 8:00am / SQL Server

Optional Parameters Causing Index Scans

Optional parameters in a stored procedure often lead to scans in the execution plan, reading through the entire table, even if it’s obvious that the right index is in place. This is extremely common in procs that are used behind search screens where...
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Chris Yates
Follow /14 Apr 2014 at 9:00pm / SQL Server

Windows Functions; Who Knew?

SQL windows functions, it would seem, get lost in the shuffle most of the time when dealing with SQL. Why do you think that is? I honestly think that it is more or less developers, DBA’s, and data professionals are oblivious to some of the cool...
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