Migrating to SQL Server 2012 Project Plan

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Welcome to SQL Server 2012

The Case to Upgrade to SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 Editions

Microsoft SQL Server 2012's Editions and Licensing

SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Options

Things You Might Not Know about SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012’s Hardware and Software Requirements

Visual Studio 2012 and SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services—Still Out of Sync


Migrating to SQL Server 2012

Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 (UAFS) and SQL Server Upgrade Advisor

Implementing SQL Server 2012's New Features

High Availability

SQL Server 2012 High Availability

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Availability Groups Feature

Upgrading Clusters to SQL Server 2012 When AlwaysOn Availability Groups Will Be Used

Planning and Implementing a SQL Server Cluster

Be Invincible with AlwaysOn Availability Groups

Database Mirroring for Disaster Recovery

Power View

Introducing Microsoft Power View

Getting the Most Out of Microsoft Power View

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Takes on Big Data with Hadoop

What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot

Improve the Performance of Data Warehouse Queries with Columnstore Indexes

Master Data Services and Data Quality Services

SQL Server 2012 BI with SQL System Center Data Warehouse

Dive into SQL Server 2012 EIM Tools (DQS)

Contained Databases

SQL Server 2012 Contained Databases

Using SQL Server 2012 Contained Databases


T-SQL Join Types

How to Use Microsoft SQL Server 2012's Window Functions, Part 1

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: How to Write T-SQL Window Functions, Part 2

SQL Server 2012: How to Write T-SQL Window Functions, Part 3

Solving Gaps and Islands with Enhanced Window Functions

Using the New OFFSET and FETCH NEXT Options

Take Advantage of SQL Server 2012's Window Functionality

SQL Server 2012 Solutions for Median Calculation

Database Administration

SQL Server 2012 Keeps Your Data a Little More Secure


SQL Server 2012 Databases on File Shares

Introduction to SQL Server Data Tools

Cool New SQL Server 2012 Metadata

SQL Server’s Undocumented Changes

Using Solid State Disks in SQL Server Storage Solutions

SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server

Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012: Better Together

Creating a SQL Server 2012 Installation for Windows Server Core


New Features in SQL Server Data Tools

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From the Blogs
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
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