Pinalkumar Dave

Pinalkumar
Dave

Pinalkumar Dave is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, mentor for Solid Quality India, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has written more than 1,500 articles on his blog at http://blog.sqlauthority.com. He is a dynamic and proficient principal database architect, corporate trainer, and project manager, who specializes in SQL Server programming and has seven years of hands-on experience. He holds a Master of Science degree and several certifications, including MCTS, MCDBA, and MCAD (.NET). He is also Regional Mentor for PASS Asia.

Articles
Sharpen Your SQL Server Skills
Pick up 7 basic query analysis rules from Dave.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 May 2008
Discover the difference between Windows Authentication Mode and Mixed Mode, and learn the names and uses of installed system databases.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Mar 2008 1
Get answers to your questions about SQL Server 2005 Surface Area Configuration tools that can help you protect the SQL Server surface area from security breaches perpetrated by unauthorized users or applications.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Feb 2008 4
More answers to DBAs' questions. What’s the difference between dividing an integer with NULL or zero, or between a unique constraint and a primary key constraint, or between decimal and numeric data types? And how do you retrieve random rows from a table?
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 25 Jan 2008 5
Server backup doesn’t have to be complex. With these simple commands you can perform full, transaction log or incremental, differential, and file backups. Plus you’ll learn commands for recovering files and when to do a tail-log backup.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 20 Nov 2007 4
DBAs get answers to basic Structured Query Language (SQL) questions on the difference between FILLFACTOR = 0 and FILLFACTOR = 100; ISNULL and NULLIF; clustered index and nonclustered index; % used as wildcard and % used as operator; TRUNCATE and DELETE.
Sharpen Your Skills: Joins, Groupings, and Data Types
Learn the difference between UNION and UNION ALL; INNER JOIN and OUTER JOIN; DISTINCT and GROUP BY; NVARCHAR, VARCHAR, and CHAR; and timestamp and GETDATE().
Sharpen Your Skills: Routines and Clauses 1
SQL Server often features several ways to do the same or similar tasks. To select the best technique for the job, you need to understand the differences.

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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