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Chris Yates
Follow /20 Aug 2014 at 3:00pm / SQL Server

ISPACs – Got To Love Em

Being a DBA and working with various teams, I have become accustomed to deploying SSIS packages. I’ll even go back further and, dare I say, DTS packages (I hope everyone did not just fall on the floor while reading that). Now-a-days this Database...
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Derik Hammer
Follow /20 Aug 2014 at 2:00pm / SQL Server

Scripting Objects with PowerShell

The ability to script out the definitions of objects is valuable to any DBA. Most of us are intimately familiar with SQL Server Management Studio’s capabilities in this regard. Simply right-click on your object and navigate to the “Script...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /20 Aug 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Two years!

Two years ago today I began my blog with a post about the DEFAULT keyword . I set out with the goal of building a blog I could be truly proud of in three years. One that was well liked and provided value to the community. Little did I imagine how much...
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Pradeep Adiga
Follow /20 Aug 2014 at 12:35pm / SQL Server

Create and connect to a SQL Database on Windows Azure

Azure , is one of the fastest growing cloud platform by Microsoft. In this simple post, I will create and connect to a SQL Database on Microsoft Azure. To get started logon to the Microsoft Azure Management Portal  , navitage to SQL Database and click...
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WaterOx
Follow /19 Aug 2014 at 3:00pm / SQL Server

Export a SSMS Query Result Set to CSV

Once you have a query that is returning the data you like in SSMS you have a few options to move the result set into a format that you can use in other tools. The simplest way is to select all results and then copy & paste them into whichever other...
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Tom LaRock
Follow /19 Aug 2014 at 3:19am / SQL Server

HOW TO: Find Currently Running Long SQL Agent Jobs

A while ago I had posted a script to help find jobs that were currently running longer than expected. Since I’ve been sharing some scripts recently , I decided to verify that this script still works for finding long running jobs in SQL Agent for...
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Chris Yates
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 8:08pm / SQL Server

And Just Like That….Three Years

Time is a constant. Anything and everything requires time it seems, and with that said I received a reminder today that three years have passed since I first started this adventure called blogging. With this blog you will not find perfection, instead...
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Stuart Ainsworth
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 7:05pm / SQL Server

Managing a Technical Team: Building Better

Heard a great podcast the other day from the team at Manager Tools , entitled “THE Development Question”.  I’m sorry to say that I can’t find it on their website, but it did show up in Podcast Addict for me, so hopefully you can pick it up and give...
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Ryan Adams
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 2:51pm / SQL Server

SQLSaturday Precon Cost Structure

Many of you may already know that I am a PASS regional mentor for the South Central region of the United States.  My role is to help user group leaders obtain the tools they need to have successful groups and provide an open platform to discuss challenges...
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Kenneth Fisher
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 1:00pm / SQL Server

Generating a restore script

In order to speed up our backups on a large database our team decided to stripe the backup files. In case you weren’t aware of this particular backup feature it his means that a single backup is written to multiple files which can dramatically speed...
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Chris Webb
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 11:20am / SQL Server

Removing Punctuation From Text In Power Query

In one of my first posts on Power Query (and still my favourite) I found the top 100 words in the complete works of Shakespeare . As always when you’re learning a new tool, though, I look back at what I wrote then and realise there are better ways of...
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Richard_RP
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 10:27am / SQL Server

How To Split Non-Empty Partitions When A Clustered Columnstore Index Exists on The Table

Another pithily titled blog post, but this one revisits the feature of SQL Server 2014 that piqued my interest the most: Clustered Columnstore Indexes. I’ve been working with Clustered Columnstore Indexes for the past few months and recently a colleague...
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Melissa Coates
Follow /18 Aug 2014 at 2:13am / SQL Server

Using Power Query to Get Data From an Excel File in OneDrive Via URL

In this blog entry I'm going to discuss accessing an Excel file that's stored in OneDrive. What I do *not* want to do is associate the files to my local file path such as c:\users\melissa\onedrive... because another person who downloads the workbook...
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Jen Stirrup
Follow /17 Aug 2014 at 9:42pm / SQL Server

Day 6: The Data Analysts Toolkit: Why are Excel and R useful together, and how do we connect them?

Why is analytics interesting? Well, companies are starting to view it as profitable. For example, McKinsey showed analytics was worth 100Bn today, and estimated to be over 320Bn by 2020. When I speak to customers, this is the 'end goal' - they...
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Jason Strate
Follow /15 Aug 2014 at 5:00pm / SQL Server

Reblog: August 8 to August 14

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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