SQL Server Pro http://sqlmag.com/rss.xml en DATA TALES #10: It’s a Matter of Existence http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-10-it-s-matter-existence <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I regularly see code that calculates a count of a set of rows then makes a decision that&rsquo;s based on the count, but only on whether or not the count is zero. Consider this (slightly contrived) example based on AdventureWorks:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/sqlmag.com/files/uploads/2016/05/Screenshot%202016-08-24%2012.17.29.png" style="width: 365px; height: 257px;" /></p> <p>Note the query plan that&rsquo;s returned for the SELECT:</p></div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-10-it-s-matter-existence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-10-it-s-matter-existence#comments SQL Server Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:15:00 +0000 33751 at http://sqlmag.com An Overview of the HPE Superdome X Architecture http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/overview-hpe-superdome-x-architecture <div class="node-body article-body">Designed for maximum enterprise-level performance and availability, the HPE Superdome X uses a unique architecture that enables extreme scalability, core system reliability and workload partitioning. All of this makes it an excellent platform for virtualization and mission-critical database implementations.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/overview-hpe-superdome-x-architecture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/overview-hpe-superdome-x-architecture#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 database implementations HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft virtualization Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:18:00 +0000 33741 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server Management Studio August 2016 Release http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-august-2016-release <div class="node-body article-body">The newest release of SQL Server 2016 Management Studio has been released. You may want to skip this release however.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-august-2016-release" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-august-2016-release#comments SQL Server 2016 16.3 Mangement Studio sql server 2016 SSMS Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:08:00 +0000 33701 at http://sqlmag.com W.B. Mason Solves Its Scalability ‘Problems’ with the HPE Superdome X http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/wb-mason-solves-its-scalability-problems-hpe-superdome-x <div class="node-body article-body">In the good-problem-to-have category, W.B Mason was experiencing 10% to 12% growth each year, and its existing blade infrastructure was struggling to keep up. The company was purchasing new servers nearly every year, and each new server required a labor-intensive migration process. Even with these on-going upgrades, W.B. Mason’s servers were consistently running at a 95% CPU utilization rate. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/wb-mason-solves-its-scalability-problems-hpe-superdome-x" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/wb-mason-solves-its-scalability-problems-hpe-superdome-x#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 Dynamics AX HPE Superdome X SQL Server Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:08:00 +0000 33691 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Select: Top Ten Great (and Free) SQL Server eBooks http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-select-top-ten-great-and-free-sql-server-ebooks <div class="node-body gallery-body">Check out these great (and totally free) SQL Server eBooks</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-select-top-ten-great-and-free-sql-server-ebooks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-select-top-ten-great-and-free-sql-server-ebooks#comments SQL Server eBook free Tue, 16 Aug 2016 02:50:00 +0000 33671 at http://sqlmag.com Scalable No-Guesswork Deployments with the HPE Superdome X and SQL Server 2016 Reference Architecture http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scalable-no-guesswork-deployments-hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-201 <div class="node-body article-body">There are several ways you can go about adding new servers into your organization’s IT infrastructure. You can do the research yourself and attempt to put together your own custom configurations, or you can use a reference architecture. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scalable-no-guesswork-deployments-hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-201" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scalable-no-guesswork-deployments-hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-201#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft Reference Architecture SQL Server sql server 2016 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:30:00 +0000 33661 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2016’s JSON Integration http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-s-json-integration <div class="node-body article-body">While the big theme for the release of SQL Server 2016 is embracing the cloud and cloud services, one of the most easily overlooked new features in SQL Server 2016 is its integrated support for JSON (JavaScript Object Notation).</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-s-json-integration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-s-json-integration#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 SQL Server 2016 cloud cloud services json SQL Server XML Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:47:00 +0000 33641 at http://sqlmag.com New Features in SQL Server 2016 http://sqlmag.com/resources/new-features-sql-server-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">Read this guide from Michael Otey and learn more about these new features of SQL Server 2016</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/resources/new-features-sql-server-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> SQL Server 2016 Resources Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:15:00 +0000 33631 at http://sqlmag.com What You Need to Know about the Batch Mode Window Aggregate Operator in SQL Server 2016: Part 3 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-3 <div class="node-body article-body">The series concludes with coverage of aggregate window functions with a frame, as well as offset window functions.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-3#comments SQL Server batch mode window aggregate operator sql server 2016 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:01:00 +0000 33621 at http://sqlmag.com DATA TALES #9: The Case of the Database Diet (Part 4) http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-9-case-database-diet-part-4 <div class="field-deck"> The Final Cut </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In this final article, I’ll look at two areas that consume a great deal of space within a database, and what you can do about it.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-9-case-database-diet-part-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-9-case-database-diet-part-4#comments SQL Server Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:22:00 +0000 33611 at http://sqlmag.com What Every Accidental DBA Needs to Know Now: Backups http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/what-every-accidental-dba-needs-know-now-backups <div class="node-body article-body">What are the most important things for an Accidental DBA to know in order to survive in their new career?</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/what-every-accidental-dba-needs-know-now-backups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/what-every-accidental-dba-needs-know-now-backups#comments Database Administration accidental dba Backup Database Administration sql sever Sun, 07 Aug 2016 19:31:00 +0000 33521 at http://sqlmag.com Curbing Server Sprawl with HPE Superdome X Scale-up http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/curbing-server-sprawl-hpe-superdome-x-scale <div class="node-body article-body">Server sprawl and virtual server sprawl are two of the main problems enterprises face today. Virtualization makes it easy--sometimes too easy--to deploy new servers. Plus, with Hyper-V built in to both Windows Server and Windows 10, it’s a simple task for end users and shadow IT to create more virtualization hosts than you may think you have. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/curbing-server-sprawl-hpe-superdome-x-scale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/curbing-server-sprawl-hpe-superdome-x-scale#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft server sprawl sql server 2016 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:53:00 +0000 33601 at http://sqlmag.com New Features in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/new-features-sql-server-2016-reporting-services <div class="node-body article-body">First introduced in SQL Server 2005, Reporting Services has become one of the most important SQL Server subsystems. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/new-features-sql-server-2016-reporting-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/new-features-sql-server-2016-reporting-services#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft sql server 2016 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:31:00 +0000 33581 at http://sqlmag.com HPE and Microsoft Partner to Help the "Always On" Enterprise http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-and-microsoft-partner-help-always-enterprise <div class="node-body video-body">VIDEO: See how SQL Server 2016 and Superdome X work together to deliver mission-critical availability anytime, anywhere. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-and-microsoft-partner-help-always-enterprise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-and-microsoft-partner-help-always-enterprise#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:31:00 +0000 33571 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Professionals On the Road – Episode 1: Tim Ford and Others - Iceland SQLSaturday http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-professionals-road-episode-1-tim-ford-and-others-iceland-sqlsaturday <div class="node-body article-body">Last month I had the opportunity to be one of only 2 US speakers to present at Iceland's first SQLSaturday. This article is about that experience and the travel experience of veteran Microsoft Data Platform professionals on the road. Oh, and we tossed ourselves in a volcano...</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-professionals-road-episode-1-tim-ford-and-others-iceland-sqlsaturday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-professionals-road-episode-1-tim-ford-and-others-iceland-sqlsaturday#comments SQL Server Data Platform MVP iceland SQL Server SQLSaturday Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:05:00 +0000 33561 at http://sqlmag.com Mag Instrument Upgrades Its ERP System with the HPE Superdome X and Microsoft SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/mag-instrument-upgrades-its-erp-system-hpe-superdome-x-and-microsoft <div class="node-body article-body">There’s nothing like real-world examples to illustrate a platform’s true capability to support enterprise-level production workloads. Flashlight maker Mag Instrument, for example, used HPE’s Superdome X and Microsoft SQL Server to modernize its aging infrastructure, demonstrating the scalability and availability that the combo can provide.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/mag-instrument-upgrades-its-erp-system-hpe-superdome-x-and-microsoft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/mag-instrument-upgrades-its-erp-system-hpe-superdome-x-and-microsoft#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE Mag Instrument Microsoft SQL Server Superdome X Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:39:00 +0000 33551 at http://sqlmag.com Leveraging Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-windows-server-2016-sql-server-2016 <div class="node-body article-body">Windows Server 2016 is expected to be officially released at the September Ignite 2016 conference in Atlanta with appearance on the price list on October 1st. SQL Server has always had tight integration with Windows Server, and that is definitely the case with Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-windows-server-2016-sql-server-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-windows-server-2016-sql-server-2016#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 columnstore index In-Memory OLTP relational database sql server 2016 Windows Server 2016 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:43:00 +0000 33541 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2016 Cumulative Update #1 Released http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-cumulative-update-1-released <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft has released the first update for SQL Server 2016 which fixes 192 issues.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-cumulative-update-1-released" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-cumulative-update-1-released#comments SQL Server 2016 cu1 cumulative update sql server 2016 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:10:00 +0000 33531 at http://sqlmag.com Understanding SQL Server 2016 Backup Options http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/understanding-sql-server-2016-backup-options <div class="node-body article-body">Maximum availability is the goal for almost all enterprise database implementations. To achieve that availability, you need to implement a layered approach to your infrastructure. First, you need to build your infrastructure out on an enterprise-level server platform.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/understanding-sql-server-2016-backup-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/understanding-sql-server-2016-backup-options#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft sql server 2016 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:57:00 +0000 33511 at http://sqlmag.com Leveraging HPE Support Services for Efficient Database Migration http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-hpe-support-services-efficient-database-migration <div class="node-body article-body">When you’re getting ready to migrate to a new database platform like SQL Server 2016, you have essentially two different ways to get there: You can perform an in-place upgrade or a side-by-side upgrade. The two upgrade paths have very different characteristics.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-hpe-support-services-efficient-database-migration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/leveraging-hpe-support-services-efficient-database-migration#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft side-by-side installation sql server 2016 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:01:00 +0000 33491 at http://sqlmag.com The Art of Datazen http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/art-datazen <div class="field-byline"> Liam Cleary </div> <div class="node-body article-body">So last year Microsoft acquired a company called Datazen, which was known for its enterprise solution for mobile reporting. Here's what you need to know about Datazen</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/art-datazen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/art-datazen#comments SQL Server DataZen Mobile SQL Server Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:21:00 +0000 33441 at http://sqlmag.com Hotfix Released for July 2016 SQL Server Management Studio Download http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/hotfix-released-july-2016-sql-server-management-studio-download <div class="node-body article-body">The Microsoft Data Platform MVPs and SQL Server Product Group at Microsoft have worked hard to identify and resolve issues from the July 2016 release of SQL Server Management Studio. The hotfix with these changes has just been released. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/hotfix-released-july-2016-sql-server-management-studio-download" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/hotfix-released-july-2016-sql-server-management-studio-download#comments SQL Server 2016 hotfix download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) SSMS Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:12:00 +0000 33401 at http://sqlmag.com HPE Superdome X and SQL Server In-Memory OLTP Powers Online Financial Services http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-memory-oltp-powers-online-financial-s <div class="node-body article-body">It’s one thing to quote performance numbers and availability measures, and quite another to see how these statistics translate into real-world implementations.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-memory-oltp-powers-online-financial-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/hpe-superdome-x-and-sql-server-memory-oltp-powers-online-financial-s#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE HPE Superdome X Microsoft sql server 2016 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:23:00 +0000 33391 at http://sqlmag.com Enterprise Database Monitoring Tools for SQL Server and the HPE Superdome X Platform http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/enterprise-database-monitoring-tools-sql-server-and-hpe-superdome-x- <div class="node-body article-body">Ongoing database monitoring and management is one of the most important jobs that the enterprise database professional has. Ongoing monitoring is essential to keeping your SQL Server system—and the systems working with it--operating efficiently. Regular monitoring can help you to avoid problems and possible downtime.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/enterprise-database-monitoring-tools-sql-server-and-hpe-superdome-x-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/enterprise-database-monitoring-tools-sql-server-and-hpe-superdome-x-#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE Microsoft sql server 2016 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:48:00 +0000 33371 at http://sqlmag.com What You Need to Know about the Batch Mode Window Aggregate Operator in SQL Server 2016: Part 2 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">SQL Server 2016 introduces the batch mode Window Aggregate operator, which dramatically improves the performance of calculating window functions. Besides the general performance advantages of batch mode processing compared to row mode processing, this operator uses a dedicated code path for each window function. Many inefficiencies in the original row mode optimization are removed. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/what-you-need-know-about-batch-mode-window-aggregate-operator-sql-server-2016-part-2#comments SQL Server batch mode window aggregate operator sql server 2016 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:34:00 +0000 33341 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2014 SP2 Now Available http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/sql-server-2014-sp2-now-available <div class="node-body article-body">Fast on the heels of the release of SQL Server 2016 comes the latest service pack for SQL Server 2014 packed with over 20 improvements and cummulative hotfixes including SP1 CU7.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/sql-server-2014-sp2-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/sql-server-2014-sp2-now-available#comments Database Administration Microsoft SQL Server 2014 service pack 2 sp2 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:59:00 +0000 33331 at http://sqlmag.com Maximizing Enterprise Database Availability With SQL Server 2016 and the HPE Superdome X http://sqlmag.com/hpe-microsoft/maximizing-enterprise-database-availability <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For enterprises that depend on their mission critical applications, downtime is far more than an inconvenience or an interruption of business. Downtime is expensive.</p> <p>Read this whitepaper by Michael Otey to learn how you can maximize the availability of your enterprise database applications using SQL Server 2016 and the HPE Superdome X.</p> <p>This whitepaper covers:</p></div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/hpe-microsoft/maximizing-enterprise-database-availability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HPE / Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Sponsored Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:15:00 +0000 33591 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2016 R Integration http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-r-integration <div class="node-body article-body">One of the biggest changes in SQL Server 2016 on the analytics front is the inclusion of R into the database engine.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-r-integration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-r-integration#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 Analytics HPE Microsoft R R integration sql server 2016 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:21:00 +0000 33271 at http://sqlmag.com Scaling SQL Server BI and the HPE Superdome X http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scaling-sql-server-bi-and-hpe-superdome-x <div class="node-body article-body">SQL Server was the first enterprise database to include BI capabilities back in the SQL server 7.0 release when OLAP Services and Data Transformation Services were first introduced. Since that time, the BI subsystems in SQL Server have continued to evolve and mature, bringing what was once a niche technology into the mainstream.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scaling-sql-server-bi-and-hpe-superdome-x" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/scaling-sql-server-bi-and-hpe-superdome-x#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 HPE Superdome X sql server 2016 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:26:00 +0000 33231 at http://sqlmag.com Top 5 SQL Server Virtualization Mistakes to Avoid http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/top-5-sql-server-virtualization-mistakes-avoid-0 <div class="node-body article-body">It wasn’t all that long ago that SQL Server was considered too resource-intensive to successfully virtualize. A new generation of hardware and scalability advances in the Hyper-V and vSphere platforms has changed all of that. Now, it’s common to virtualize SQL Server instances. However, it easy to make mistakes that can result in poorly performing SQL Server VMs. Here are the top five mistakes to avoid when virtualizing SQL Server.</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/top-5-sql-server-virtualization-mistakes-avoid-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scaling-success-sql-server-2016/top-5-sql-server-virtualization-mistakes-avoid-0#comments Scaling for Success with SQL Server in 2016 sql server 2016 virtualization Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:09:00 +0000 33221 at http://sqlmag.com