SQL Server Pro http://sqlmag.com/rss.xml en Moving SQL Server to a Virtual Platform http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/moving-sql-server-virtual-platform <div class="field-deck"> Learn about some of the main factors that impact SQL Server performance in a VM </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about some of the main factors that impact SQL Server performance in a VM</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/moving-sql-server-virtual-platform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/moving-sql-server-virtual-platform#comments SQL Server data files log files tempdb VHD VM VMDK Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:47:00 +0000 25401 at http://sqlmag.com AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-29-practical-implementation-tips <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs &ndash; and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts &ndash; according to some of the early outlines I created &lsquo;way back when&rsquo;.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-29-practical-implementation-tips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-29-practical-implementation-tips#comments SQL Server backups backups ETL etl jobs jobs SQL Server Availability Groups SQL Server Availability Groups SSIS SSIS Practical SQL Server Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:03:00 +0000 25391 at http://sqlmag.com Where do I find SQL Server Management Studio? http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/where-do-i-find-sql-server-management-studio <div class="field-deck"> Find the executable for SSMS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Find the executable for SSMS</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/where-do-i-find-sql-server-management-studio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/where-do-i-find-sql-server-management-studio#comments SQL Server SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:33:00 +0000 25381 at http://sqlmag.com Your Guide to the New Power BI Desktop http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/your-guide-new-power-bi-desktop <div class="node-body article-body"><p>July 24th marked the General Availability release of major updates to Power BI Service and Power BI Desktop, Microsoft&#39;s cloud-based analytics and data visualization platform. Today&#39;s updates replace the previous &quot;Power BI for Office 365&quot; version and Power BI service that required either a subscription to Office 365 or Sharepoint Online for access.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Power BI Desktop</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/your-guide-new-power-bi-desktop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/your-guide-new-power-bi-desktop#comments Power BI General Availability Microsoft Power BI Desktop Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:18:00 +0000 25371 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=power+bi+logo+image&view=detailv2&qpvt=power+bi+logo+image&id=72AF4FC267C11253A886228A81D53D28DEFD7C08&selectedIndex=32&ccid=VXvDB5eZ&simid=608018446067761724&thid=JN.5tjxDswH0WGYbKx5r7zz8Q&ajaxhist=0 $99 Online Training Opportunities: Week of July 26, 2015 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/99-online-training-opportunities-week-july-26-2015 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Are you looking for online training opportunities for next week for you or your staff?</p> &nbsp; <p>We have two sessions next week - both qualify for our Special Mid-Summer Training Sale providing high-quality training to you for only $99!</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/99-online-training-opportunities-week-july-26-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/99-online-training-opportunities-week-july-26-2015#comments SQL Server online SQL Server training Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:39:00 +0000 25361 at http://sqlmag.com Scaling SQL Server With No Hardware http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/scaling-sql-server-no-hardware <div class="field-deck"> Core database performance factors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about SQL Server's core database performance factors</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/scaling-sql-server-no-hardware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/scaling-sql-server-no-hardware#comments SQL Server Indexes Query optimizer scan seek tempdb Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:56:00 +0000 25351 at http://sqlmag.com Take Advantage of the $100 July Madness Discount for IT/Dev Connections 2015 http://sqlmag.com/connections-online/take-advantage-100-july-madness-discount-itdev-connections-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">This July save $100 if you register for either the Essential or All Access level for IT/Dev Connections 2015</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/connections-online/take-advantage-100-july-madness-discount-itdev-connections-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/connections-online/take-advantage-100-july-madness-discount-itdev-connections-2015#comments Connections Online 2015 IT/Dev Connections Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:41:00 +0000 25271 at http://sqlmag.com New Dynamic Management Views in SQL Server 2016 Part 1 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-1 <div class="node-body article-body">New version of Microsoft SQL Server means new Dynamic Management Objects. This series will dig into what these diagnostic objects can (and sometimes can not) tell us about our servers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-1#comments SQL Server 2016 DMVs dynamic management object sql server 2016 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:21:00 +0000 25261 at http://sqlmag.com Your First Public Presentation http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/your-first-public-presentation <div class="node-body article-body"><h1>Making Your First Public Presentation</h1> <p>Have you ever found yourself sitting at a conference like the <a href="http://www.sqlpass.org/Events/PASSSummit.aspx">SQL PASS Summit</a> or your local <a href="http://www.sqlsaturday.com/">SQL Saturday</a> listening to a dynamic speaker making a complex topic seem simple and found yourself thinking that you wish you could do that? If you are like me, you have.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/your-first-public-presentation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/your-first-public-presentation#comments SQL Server presentation Professional Development public speaking SQLSaturday toastmasters Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:04:00 +0000 25251 at http://sqlmag.com The Essential Guide the SQL Server 2014: Backup Enhancements http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-backup-enhancements <div class="field-deck"> Learn about the backup enhancements in SQL Server 2014 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about the backup enhancements in SQL Server 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-backup-enhancements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-backup-enhancements#comments SQL Server 2014 Backup encryption SQL Server Backup to URL SQL Server Managed Backup Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:40:00 +0000 25231 at http://sqlmag.com Hit Your SQL Server Performance Goals http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/hit-your-sql-server-performance-goals <div class="field-deck"> Benchmarking enables you to stay on top of your SQL Server performance goals </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Benchmarking enables you to stay on top of your SQL Server performance goals</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/hit-your-sql-server-performance-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/hit-your-sql-server-performance-goals#comments SQL Server Benchmarking Performance Monitor SQL Server Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:10:00 +0000 25221 at http://sqlmag.com AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-28-additional-options-tackling-jobs-failo <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Throughout this series of posts I&rsquo;ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations &ndash; meaning that most of the code and examples I&rsquo;ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-28-additional-options-tackling-jobs-failo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-28-additional-options-tackling-jobs-failo#comments SQL Server availability group Change Management Change Management Failover jobs SQL Agent job sql server agent Practical SQL Server Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:06:00 +0000 25211 at http://sqlmag.com First Look at System-Versioned Temporal Tables-Part 2: Querying Data and Optimization Considerations http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-2-querying-data-and-optimization-conside <div class="node-body article-body">This article is the second part in a two-part series about system-versioned temporal tables—a new feature introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2016. Part 1 covered what system-versioned temporal tables are, how to create them and how to modify data in them. This article focuses on querying data and optimization considerations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-2-querying-data-and-optimization-conside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-2-querying-data-and-optimization-conside#comments SQL Server database optimization database querying sql server 2016 Temporal Tables Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:35:00 +0000 25201 at http://sqlmag.com Modernizing Your SQL Server Infrastructure http://sqlmag.com/netapp/modernizing-your-sql-server-infrastructure <div class="node-body article-body">This NetApp-sponsored whitepaper was written by SQL Server industry influencer, Michael Otey, and discusses the need for modernizing your database infrastructure with SQL Server 2014 and NetApp to accelerate database performance while acheiving greater ROI.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/netapp/modernizing-your-sql-server-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NetApp Sponsored Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:10:00 +0000 25241 at http://sqlmag.com AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-27-options-and-concerns-more-advanced-dep <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In this series of posts I&rsquo;ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs &ndash; both in the form of Batch Jobs (see <a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-3-defining-batch-jobs">post #3</a>) and backups.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-27-options-and-concerns-more-advanced-dep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-27-options-and-concerns-more-advanced-dep#comments SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups AlwaysOn Availability Groups backups backups licensing licensing Preferences Preferences SQL Server Agent Jobs SQL Server Agent Jobs Practical SQL Server Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:26:00 +0000 25191 at http://sqlmag.com Creating Forward-Looking KPIs http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis <div class="node-body article-body"><h1>Creating a Forward-Looking KPI</h1> <p>Much of our organizational reporting today looks only at the past. It show us what happened in the past month, most recently completed quarter, or year-to-date. This information has value, but in many cases it would have more value if it would help us look to the future. Often, when decision makers look at past information, they use it to estimate a likely future state.</p> <p>For example, a CFO looking at the following chart and assume that $2.676M represents &frac34; of his total fiscal year sales:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis#comments Analysis Business Intelligence KPI SQL Server Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:59:00 +0000 25181 at http://sqlmag.com Query Store in Azure SQL Database http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/query-store-azure-sql-database <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Have you ever had that moment when you realize that you&rsquo;re dealing with bad parameter sniffing and you wish, &ldquo;Oh, if only I could just quickly get another execution plan in place?&rdquo; Yeah, you can use DBCC FREEPROCCACHE and pass it a plan handle to remove that plan from cache. You can quickly run the query with a good parameter so that you get a good plan. What if you could just substitute the plan for one that was working well in the first place? That exact scenario, is one of the many uses of the Query Store.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/query-store-azure-sql-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/query-store-azure-sql-database#comments Azure SQL Server Azure Query Store SQL Server Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:07:00 +0000 25021 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server Management Studio Now Has Its Own Upgrade Path http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-now-has-its-own-upgrade-path <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A few months ago I wrote a plea to Microsoft to start the process of modernizing SQL Server Management Studio. As the main application/management tool for interacting with Microsoft&#39;s flagship database platform it has lagged behind all other advancement with the product.&nbsp; Since 2005 when released as the evoloution of SQL Server Enterprise Manager it&#39;s only (apparently) been upgraded in order to provide base functionality added as features the SQL Server through (now) five releases: SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and now 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-now-has-its-own-upgrade-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-management-studio-now-has-its-own-upgrade-path#comments SQL Server 2016 sql server 2016 SQL Server Management Studio SSMS updates Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:11:00 +0000 25011 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 Available for Public Download http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-ctp-21-available-public-download <div class="node-body article-body"><p>June 24, 2015 marked a change in how Community Technology Previews (aka CTPs) are released for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.&nbsp; In his <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/05/27/sql-server-2016-first-public-preview-now-available.aspx?WT.mc_id=Blog_SQL_Announce_DI">May 27th blog post</a>, CVP of SQL Server Development, T.K.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-ctp-21-available-public-download" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/sql-server-2016-ctp-21-available-public-download#comments SQL Server 2016 CTP2.1 sql server 2016 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:27:00 +0000 25001 at http://sqlmag.com Q & A: Restore Missing SQL Server Performance Counters http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-restore-missing-sql-server-performance-counters <div class="field-deck"> See how to restore missing SQL Server performance counters </div> <div class="node-body article-body">See how to restore missing SQL Server performance counters</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-restore-missing-sql-server-performance-counters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-restore-missing-sql-server-performance-counters#comments SQL Server perfmon performance counters Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:50:00 +0000 24991 at http://sqlmag.com First Look at System-Versioned Temporal Tables-Part 1: Creating Tables and Modifying Data http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-1-creating-tables-and-modifying-data <div class="node-body article-body">SQL Server 2016 introduces support for system-versioned temporal tables based on the ISO/ANSI SQL:2011 standard. A table without system versioning enabled holds only the current, most recent, state of its rows. You cannot query past, deleted or pre-updated states of rows. For the purpose of our discussion, I’m ignoring row-versioning capabilities related to concurrency control, like the multi-versioning concurrency control (MVCC) support of the In Memory OLTP engine, and the row versioning support of the snapshot and read committed snapshot isolation levels for disk-based tables.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-1-creating-tables-and-modifying-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/first-look-system-versioned-temporal-tables-part-1-creating-tables-and-modifying-data#comments SQL Server SQL Server 2016. temporal tables system-versioned temporal tables Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:05:00 +0000 24941 at http://sqlmag.com Quiz: New Features in SQL Server 2014 http://sqlmag.com/quiz-new-features-sql-server-2014 <div class="node-body page-body">Read our article on SQL Server 2014, take our quiz, and receive 20% off a SQL Server Pro Online Training Class!</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/quiz-new-features-sql-server-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:50:34 +0000 24811 at http://sqlmag.com The Essential Guide to SQL Server 2014: The Resource Governor http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-resource-governor <div class="field-deck"> Learn about the new capabilties of SQL Server 2014's Resource Governor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about the new IO limiting capabilities of SQL Server 2014's Resource Governor</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-resource-governor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-resource-governor#comments SQL Server 2014 Classifier Resource Governor Resource Pool Workload Group Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:19:00 +0000 24801 at http://sqlmag.com Which database types do you currently administer in your organization? http://sqlmag.com/poll/06102015 <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>These days database administrators are tasked with working with a multitude of data types. And, as the Cloud has become more prevalent, the different types of database experience required continues to expand. Let us know the database services you are currently tasked with managing.</p> </div><form action="/poll/06102015" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-checkboxes"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1881-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1881"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1881]" id="edit-choice-1881" value="1881" class="form-checkbox" /> Oracle</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1891-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1891"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1891]" id="edit-choice-1891" value="1891" class="form-checkbox" /> SQL Server</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1901-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1901"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1901]" id="edit-choice-1901" value="1901" class="form-checkbox" /> mySQL</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1911-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1911"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1911]" id="edit-choice-1911" value="1911" class="form-checkbox" /> IBM DB2</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1921-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1921"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1921]" id="edit-choice-1921" value="1921" class="form-checkbox" /> Other</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="24791" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-6aOfTmDkPjySKmZhIvWWeO1-m9odKfPVZJCVhekMgwI" value="form-6aOfTmDkPjySKmZhIvWWeO1-m9odKfPVZJCVhekMgwI" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://sqlmag.com/poll/06102015#comments Database Administration Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:48:16 +0000 24791 at http://sqlmag.com AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 26: Using Master Servers for Job Administration http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-26-using-master-servers-job-administratio <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>When I initially decided to write about AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, I knew I&rsquo;d have a bunch of different posts on a variety of different topics. To that end, I initially planned on this series of posts being comprised of 3 main parts:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/practical-sql-server">Practical SQL Server</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-26-using-master-servers-job-administratio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-26-using-master-servers-job-administratio#comments SQL Server AlwaysOn AlwaysOn Master Servers Master Servers MSX MSX sql server agent sql server agent TSX TSX Practical SQL Server Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:36:00 +0000 24781 at http://sqlmag.com Indexes in Azure SQL Database v12 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/indexes-azure-sql-database-v12 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since Azure SQL Database is just SQL Server when you get under the covers (although, you&rsquo;ll never get under the covers), you&rsquo;d think that it would just have the same rules and structures as SQL Server itself. Due to the nature of the shared servers, the distributed eco-system and probably a whole bunch of stuff that I just don&rsquo;t know about since I don&rsquo;t work there, they&rsquo;ve had a different set of rules and indexes available for Azure SQL Database. That is until all the work that has come out with v12.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/indexes-azure-sql-database-v12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/indexes-azure-sql-database-v12#comments SQL Server Azure Index V12 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 23:26:00 +0000 24771 at http://sqlmag.com How to Dramatically Decrease Data Warehouse Load Times with Memory-Optimized Tables http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized <div class="field-byline"> Tyler C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Introduction</strong></p> <p>Recently, I needed to optimize a nightly batch process for a SQL Server data warehouse that involved loading over 250,000 flat files. &nbsp;With a bit of experimentation and research, I was able to decrease the overall load time from 14 hours to under 15 minutes.&nbsp; To do so, I used:</p> <ul> <li> <p>something <em>old</em> - the T-SQL BULK INSERT command,</p> </li> <li> <p>something <em>new</em> - Memory-Optimized tables in SQL Server 2014, and</p></li></ul></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized#comments SQL Server Integration Services Memory Optimized Tables Performance SSIS warehouse Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:03:00 +0000 24681 at http://sqlmag.com Gathering Data About Your v12 Azure SQL Database http://sqlmag.com/azure/gathering-data-about-your-v12-azure-sql-database <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One of the beautiful things about SQL Server has been the ability to more or less install it and let it run. Well, it&rsquo;s a beauty until it becomes abject horror. Azure SQL Database takes the beautiful aspects of this and expands on them some since you no longer have to worry so much about the server you&rsquo;re running on. You do still need to worry about what you&rsquo;re doing to your database and how it&rsquo;s interacting with the system. The good news, most of the tools you&rsquo;re used to working with are available within Azure SQL Database, with a few exceptions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/azure/gathering-data-about-your-v12-azure-sql-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/azure/gathering-data-about-your-v12-azure-sql-database#comments Azure SQL Server Azure DBCC dynamic management views Performance V12 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:31:00 +0000 24611 at http://sqlmag.com Power BI Preview Gaining Market Momentum http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum <div class="node-body blog-body">As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sql-server-bi-blog">SQL Server BI Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum#comments Power BI Business Intelligence Professional Cloud BI Cloud BI Mobile BI Mobile BI Power BI Power BI self-service BI self-service BI SQL Server BI Blog Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:50:00 +0000 24671 at http://sqlmag.com <p><span>New&nbsp;Power BI Designer,&nbsp;a free desktop data discovery tool that unifies the &ldquo;power&rdquo; tools: Power Query for self-service ETL and data prep, Power Pivot for sophisticated data modeling and Power View for drag-and-drop visualization into one streamlined user experience.</span></p> What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence <div class="node-body blog-body">Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sql-server-bi-blog">SQL Server BI Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence#comments Business Intelligence Analysis Services Analysis Services Business Intelligence Professional Master Data Services Master Data Services predictive analytics predictive analytics Reporting Services Reporting Services SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server BI Blog Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:24:00 +0000 24661 at http://sqlmag.com <p>Evolution of SQL Server continues</p>