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Yet another SSIS XML Destination

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

See a simple script to generate an XML file in SSIS.




Azure Networking for SQL Server DBAs

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

The network is important to any DBA because so much performance is dependent on I/O, because of the importance of security, and ensuring that everyone get the right access. DBAs generally need not become experts in Azure networks, but it helps to understand the concepts and language. If you are running a SQL Server Virtual Machine in Azure, then VNets, Subnets, Network Security Groups, VNet peering and VPN gateways are all worth knowing about in order to to keep SQL Servers running smoothly.




How to document multiple SQL Server databases using SQL Doc and PowerShell

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

You can use SQL Doc’s command-line parameters to automate database documentation, but when you try with a group of databases on a server, they sometimes don’t give you enough control over the job. Phil Factor provides a solution that allows both automation and flexibility.




Azure DWH part 9: Azure PHP and ASDW

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

In this new Azure Data Warehouse article, we will show how to insert data and retrieve it using PHP.




Step-by-step Installation of SQL Server 2016 on a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster - Part 4

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Continuing his series covering a step-by-step Installation of SQL Server 2016 on a Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster, Edwin Sarmiento looks at adding a node to an existing SQL Server 2016 failover clustered instance (FCI).

(image) How to fix SQL Server disk I/O bottlenecks (without a hammer)
In this new article, Simple-Talk editor Tony Davis explains step-by-step how to find and fix the root causes of disk I/O bottlenecks, including gathering data, avoiding knee-jerk fixes, and how monitoring tools can help. Read now.



Webinar: Extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

In this free demo webinar, Steve Jones and Arneh Eskandari will show how Redgate’s database DevOps solution works to improve your database development and deployment processes. With a focus on using Team Foundation Server (TFS) work items, the webinar will demonstrate how Redgate tools plug into TFS, TFS Build, and Microsoft Release Management. Register now.




Forecasting with SQL

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Can you use SQL Server to extrapolate out trends from your data? Lots of companies would have you buy a BI solution instead, but new author Mark Wojciechowicz brings us a great example of how you could forecast something in T-SQL.







Installing SQL Server Agent on Ubuntu Server

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Manvendra Singh explains how to install SQL Server Agent on an Ubuntu server, so that you can create SQL Server Agent Jobs to schedule repetitive tasks.




Do you use Visual Studio Code?

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Visual Studio Code is rapidly gaining in popularity, but is it all it could be, or is there room for improvement? Redgate is embarking on some research to better understand how you are using this lightweight editor, and where it can be improved. Have your say by filling in this short survey!




Some of my greatest mistakes

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

You are never too experienced to make mistakes. An occasional dose of humble pie serves as a reminder to up our game.




Using the DbFit Framework for Data Warehouse Regression Testing

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

It is ironic that the users of database application need to rely on the very technologists that created the system to then devise and run their acceptance tests. Surely someone has devised a test system for databases that is simple enough for ordinary tech-savvy people to use and for them to create the tests? Yes they have. Fitnesse DbFit is a mature product that can, and does, test SQL Server databases, and Nat Sundar explains how to set it up and do it.




How Redgate helped define a truly automated database deployment process

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

At the end of 2016, Redgate interviewed Bob Walker, a Lead Application Developer, to find out how he went about setting up automated database deployments using Redgate tools, and also to find out what lessons he learned during the process - the highlights make for interesting reading. Read the interview write-up.




The Road to Database CI

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

One firm's journey on the road to mastering (or at least attempting) continuous database integration.




Free eBook: SQL Server Transaction Log Management

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works.




Cardinality Estimation for a Predicate on a COUNT Expression

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Paul White takes you on an optimizer journey, exploring how SQL Server comes up with cardinality estimates for COUNT queries.




Fixing an SSRS Password Error while Changing Credentials

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

SSRS Password error while changing credentials

(image) How to fix SQL Server disk I/O bottlenecks (without a hammer)
In this new article, Simple-Talk editor Tony Davis explains step-by-step how to find and fix the root causes of disk I/O bottlenecks, including gathering data, avoiding knee-jerk fixes, and how monitoring tools can help. Read now.



Encrypting SQL Server: Dynamic Data Masking

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Dynamic Data Masking is a good way of rendering data unreadable for such purposes as user-acceptance testing, or demonstrating an application. It doesn't encrypt the data, and a knowledgeable SQL user can defeat it. However it provides a simple way to administer from the database what data the various users of a database application can and can not see, making it a useful tool for the developer.




Azure DWH Part 8: Accessing Azure SQL Data Warehouse with C#

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

In this new article, we will learn how to access to our Azure DWH tables using C#.




Backing Up SQL Server Databases Hosted on Azure VMs

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Join Marcin Policht as he provides a comprehensive overview of the different backup options applicable to Azure SQL Server VMs with database files stored on VM disks.




Why people flocked to the SQL Clone live stream event

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

On March 29, over 650 people tuned in from around the world to find out more about Redgate's new database provisioning tool, SQL Clone. The webinar answered the FAQs, included some in-depth demos, and gave a look into the technology behind the tool. Catch up with the recording.




How Long Before Your Database Runs Out of Space?

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Almost all SQL Server databases grow in size over time. Capacity planning is an important activity for the DBA. You need to know how long before you run out of space long before you actually do. Here are some helpful tips and tricks.

(image) How to fix SQL Server disk I/O bottlenecks (without a hammer)
In this new article, Simple-Talk editor Tony Davis explains step-by-step how to find and fix the root causes of disk I/O bottlenecks, including gathering data, avoiding knee-jerk fixes, and how monitoring tools can help. Read now.



Displaying Backup or Restore Progress

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Have you ever started a database backup or a restore process that runs a long time then wanted to know when it will complete? Knowing when a database backup or restore operation will complete provides you valuable information, especially when you need to perform follow-on tasks that are waiting for the backup or restore process to complete.




Backup and restore of a SQL Clone

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

SQL Server sees the cloned database as a user database, meaning that you can treat it as one, including backup and restore - Steve Jones explains.




AlwaysON Availability Group and Jobs Part 2

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

This article will provide the actual implementation of the control mechanism.




Performance Myths: Table variables are always in-memory

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

Guest author Derik Hammer dismisses the common myth that table variables perform better than temp tables because they are always in memory.




Free eBook: SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

In this free eBook, Kalen Delaney explains how Microsoft's new In-memory OLTP engine works. In her book, learn how to use lock- and latch-free data structures to allow non-blocking data processing, and find out how to migrate existing tables to Hekaton.




AlwaysON Availability Group and Jobs Part 1

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

In this article (consist from 2 parts) , I will be focusing on one of the practical solutions for management of internal SQL Server jobs in AlwaysOn Availability Groups scenarios.




Using an R Package within SQL Server with Real time analysis in Power BI

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:00:00 UT

We all know how easy it is to run R, together with dependent packages, from SQL Server on order to do statistical analysis, and then turn the result into a real-time graph using Power BI; but can you actually do it? Saurabh Desai gives a step-by-step hand-holding guide to turn even the most timid into a BI guru. There is nothing difficult in using R in SQL Server 2016 once you know the steps.