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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Mar 6, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 16, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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