SQL Server Pro http://sqlmag.com/rss.xml en Q & A: How Can I Test Client Connectivity to SQL Server? http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-how-can-i-test-client-connectivity-sql-server <div class="field-deck"> Troubleshoot your client connections to SQL Server </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Troubleshoot your client connections to SQL Server</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-how-can-i-test-client-connectivity-sql-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-how-can-i-test-client-connectivity-sql-server#comments SQL Server ping SQL Server Configuration Manager Universal Data Link file Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:49:00 +0000 26391 at http://sqlmag.com SQL 2005 is out. Productivity and Performance is in! http://sqlmag.com/dell-and-microsoft/sql-2005-out-productivity-and-performance <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Dell and Microsoft </div> <div class="node-body article-body">View On-Demand</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/dell-and-microsoft/sql-2005-out-productivity-and-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dell and Microsoft Sponsored Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:06:00 +0000 26411 at http://sqlmag.com Packing Intervals with Priorities http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/packing-intervals-priorities <div class="node-body article-body">Packing intervals is a classic T-SQL task that involves packing groups of intervals that intersect into single continuous intervals.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/packing-intervals-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/packing-intervals-priorities#comments SQL Server packing intervals SQL Server Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:06:00 +0000 26381 at http://sqlmag.com Data Tales #4: The Case of the Phantom Duplicate http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-4-case-phantom-duplicate <div class="node-body article-body">Our intrepid DBA is attempting to enter a new value into a table and is getting an error due to violation of a unique constraint even though the value does not yet exist in the table. What could possibly be causing this?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-4-case-phantom-duplicate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-4-case-phantom-duplicate#comments SQL Server batch processing SQL Server sqlcmd Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:10:00 +0000 26351 at http://sqlmag.com Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success http://sqlmag.com/blog/climb-steps-toward-data-quality-success <div class="node-body blog-body">Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/climb-steps-toward-data-quality-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/climb-steps-toward-data-quality-success#comments Sponsored Business Decision Maker Business Intelligence Professional data quality; data profiling; address validation; data enrichment; deduping software; Gartner; Melissa Data Database Administrator Database Developer Developer Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:30:00 +0000 26341 at http://sqlmag.com Why Your Business Requires Next-Gen Visibility: Creating Business Intelligence to Enhance Business Processes http://sqlmag.com/sequel-software/next-gen-visibility <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Sequel </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tuesday, December 8th at 2pm ET</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sequel-software/next-gen-visibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sequel Software Resources Sponsored Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:31:00 +0000 26361 at http://sqlmag.com To tame the Internet of Things, will data miners have to embrace the fog? http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/tame-internet-things-will-data-miners-have-embrace-fog <div class="field-byline"> Michael Morisy </div> <div class="field-deck"> PASS Summit's Day Two keynote challenges industry to make smarter endpoints to tackle immense scale of IoT </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With questions of scale, "the cloud" is increasingly the answer to tough computing problems. But when it comes to the Internet of Things, with tens of thousands (or millions) of connected end points, how do you scale the cloud?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/tame-internet-things-will-data-miners-have-embrace-fog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/tame-internet-things-will-data-miners-have-embrace-fog#comments Database Administration Database Administrator Database Developer Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:19:00 +0000 26321 at http://sqlmag.com PASS Summit 2015 kicks off: "This is the age of the data professional." http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/pass-summit-2015-kicks-age-data-professional <div class="field-byline"> Michael Morisy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A late change in keynote speakers didn’t slow down the momentum for PASS Summit, taking place this week in Seattle, WA.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/pass-summit-2015-kicks-age-data-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/pass-summit-2015-kicks-age-data-professional#comments Database Administration Business Intelligence Professional Database Administrator Database Developer Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:18:00 +0000 26311 at http://sqlmag.com New Dynamic Management Views in SQL Server 2016 Part 2: dm_exec_session_waits http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-2-dmexecsessionwaits <div class="node-body article-body">SQL Server 2016 is rapidly approaching release and in this continuing series Tim Ford exposes some of the new Dynamic Management Objects available in the latest version of Microsoft's flagship database platform.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-2-dmexecsessionwaits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/new-dynamic-management-views-sql-server-2016-part-2-dmexecsessionwaits#comments SQL Server 2016 Database Performance Tuning dynamic management objects sql server 2016 wait statistics Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:55:00 +0000 26261 at http://sqlmag.com Datazen Mobile Dashboards with Analysis Services and Drill-through http://sqlmag.com/analysis/datazen-mobile-dashboards-analysis-services-and-drill-through <div class="field-byline"> Paul Turley </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Use Datazen with Analysis Services and MDX queries to create fast and effective mobile dashboard solutions. You can use drill-through actions to navigate to details and pass selections from one dashboard to another.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/datazen-mobile-dashboards-analysis-services-and-drill-through" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/datazen-mobile-dashboards-analysis-services-and-drill-through#comments Analysis Business Decision Maker Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Professional DataZen drill-through iPad IT Manager Mobile dashboards mobile device Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:39:00 +0000 26251 at http://sqlmag.com Q & A: Finding Your SQL Server Evaluation Time Limit http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-finding-your-sql-server-evaluation-time-limit <div class="field-deck"> See how many days are left in your SQL Server evaluation period </div> <div class="node-body article-body">See how many days are left in your SQL Server evaluation period</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-finding-your-sql-server-evaluation-time-limit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/q-finding-your-sql-server-evaluation-time-limit#comments SQL Server Evaluation edition Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:40:00 +0000 26221 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server Query Optimization: No Unknown Unknowns http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-query-optimization-no-unknown-unknowns <div class="node-body article-body">In this article, I’ll provide the hard-coded guesses that the optimizer uses with the optimize-for-unknown technique so that at least you know what the optimizer guesses it doesn’t know. Good query tuning, in great part, starts with being able to explain cardinality estimations—especially ones that are inaccurate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-query-optimization-no-unknown-unknowns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-query-optimization-no-unknown-unknowns#comments SQL Server cardinality estimation technique process estimating query optimization query tuning SQL Server Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:47:00 +0000 26211 at http://sqlmag.com Supercharge Your Virtualized Microsoft SQL Server 2014 http://sqlmag.com/sandisk/supercharge-microsoft-sql-server <div class="node-body article-body">Maintain high throughput in VMware environments- increase infrastructure versatility & reliability using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and HP Light Endurance PCIe Workload Accelerators.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sandisk/supercharge-microsoft-sql-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> SanDisk Resources Sponsored Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:04:00 +0000 24881 at http://sqlmag.com Data Breaches and Insider Threats http://sqlmag.com/blog/data-breaches-and-insider-threats <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it&rsquo;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 &ndash; or people within your organization.</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/data-breaches-and-insider-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/data-breaches-and-insider-threats#comments Security SQL Server data breaches data breaches security security Threat Modeling Threat Modeling Practical SQL Server Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:02:00 +0000 26121 at http://sqlmag.com Identifying High-Impact Queries and Stored Procedures with Dynamic Management Views http://sqlmag.com/database-performance-tuning/identifying-high-impact-queries-and-stored-procedures-dynamic-management <div class="node-body article-body">Are you looking for a comprehensive set of scripts to identify queries or stored procedures with highest reads or writes, most CPU consumption, or are the longest running on your SQL Server instances? Then go no further than here where Tim Ford, who truly "wrote the book" on Dynamic Management Views provides two new toolbelt queries for doing just that.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-performance-tuning/identifying-high-impact-queries-and-stored-procedures-dynamic-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-performance-tuning/identifying-high-impact-queries-and-stored-procedures-dynamic-management#comments Database Performance Tuning SQL Server DMV dm_exec_procedure_stats dm_exec_query_stats dynamic management objects queries stored procedures Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:21:00 +0000 26111 at http://sqlmag.com Data Tales #3: The Case of the Stubborn Log File http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-3-case-stubborn-log-file <div class="node-body article-body">The transaction log continues to grow despite regular backups. Diagnosing the issue and preventing it from happening again is what this case is all about.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-3-case-stubborn-log-file" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/data-tales-3-case-stubborn-log-file#comments SQL Server active transaction page lock SQL Server transaction log Truncate Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000 26101 at http://sqlmag.com Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups http://sqlmag.com/blog/setting-additional-checks-ensure-regular-transaction-log-backups <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There&rsquo;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 &ldquo;fit and trim&rdquo;. 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.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/sqlmag.com/files/uploads/2015/03/TLogNotifications.gif" style="width: 600px; height: 286px;" /></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/setting-additional-checks-ensure-regular-transaction-log-backups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/setting-additional-checks-ensure-regular-transaction-log-backups#comments SQL Server backups backups SQL Server SQL Server sql server agent sql server agent transaction log transaction log Practical SQL Server Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:33:00 +0000 26011 at http://sqlmag.com Seek and You Shall Scan Part II: Ascending Keys http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-ii-ascending-keys <div class="node-body article-body">In another column I cover cases in which the optimizer uses table or index scans versus ones in which it uses index seeks. I explained when the optimizer’s choices were efficient by default and when they weren’t (and provided solutions for when they weren’t). In this column I continue the discussion by covering a problem known as the ascending key problem.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-ii-ascending-keys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-ii-ascending-keys#comments SQL Server ascending key ascending key problem cardinality estimate cardinality estimation formula database san database seek index creation primary key restraint SQL Server SQL Server 2014 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:30:00 +0000 26001 at http://sqlmag.com Seek and You Shall Scan Part I: When the Optimizer Doesn't Optimize http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-i-when-optimizer-doesnt-optimize <div class="node-body article-body">Index Seek and Index (or Table) Scan are two of the most common operators that you see in query execution plans. A common misconception is that a scan is bad and a seek is good. The reality is that each is optimal under different circumstances. In some cases the optimizer chooses between the two based on which is indeed more optimal in the given situation. In those cases, other than appreciating the optimizer's ability to come up with the truly optimal plan, there's nothing special that we need to do. However, what’s interesting to us as people who tune queries is to identify cases, or patterns, in which the optimizer doesn’t make the optimal choice and act to fix them.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-i-when-optimizer-doesnt-optimize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/seek-and-you-shall-scan-part-i-when-optimizer-doesnt-optimize#comments SQL Server data characteristics index availability index scan index seek optimizer query execution plans SQL Server SQL Server 2014 table scan Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:30:00 +0000 25991 at http://sqlmag.com Flash Storage For Dummies http://sqlmag.com/netapp/flash-storage-dummies <div class="node-body article-body">In that classic For Dummies style, you’ll get some useful tips on how to best incorporate flash in your IT environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/netapp/flash-storage-dummies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Storage NetApp Sponsored Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:51:00 +0000 25831 at http://sqlmag.com Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks http://sqlmag.com/blog/stop-using-informationschema-and-sysobjects-exists-checks <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Code like this isn&rsquo;t optimal:</p> <pre> <div class="geshifilter" style="white-space: nowrap;"><div class="text geshifilter-text" style="font-family:monospace;">IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; DROP TABLE TableToDrop;<br /> GO</div></div></pre> <p>Neither is this:</p> <pre> <div class="geshifilter" style="white-space: nowrap;"><div class="text geshifilter-text" style="font-family:monospace;">IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; DROP TABLE TableToDrop;<br /> GO</div></div></pre> <p>Yet, I see both of those used all of the time &ndash; over and over again. Even though it&rsquo;s 2015. &nbsp;</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/stop-using-informationschema-and-sysobjects-exists-checks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/stop-using-informationschema-and-sysobjects-exists-checks#comments SQL Server ALTER ALTER CREATE CREATE DROP DROP EXISTS EXISTS INFORMATION_SCHEMA INFORMATION_SCHEMA sys.objects sys.objects Practical SQL Server Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:50:00 +0000 25811 at http://sqlmag.com The Essential Guide the SQL Server 2014: Clustered Columnstore Index http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-clustered-columnstore-index <div class="field-deck"> Learn about SQL Server 2014's enhanced columnstore index </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In this Essential Guide to SQL Server 2014 series I&rsquo;ve been covering the most important new features and enhancements that Microsoft added to SQL Server 2014. In the last column I covered the <a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-backup-enhancements"><u>SQL Server 2014&rsquo;s Backup Enhancements</u></a>. In this column I&rsquo;m going to cover the important enhancements to the columnstore Index. Microsoft introduced the columnstore index in SQL Server 2012 and it provided significantly improved performance for data warehousing types of queries.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-clustered-columnstore-index" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-clustered-columnstore-index#comments SQL Server 2014 clustered colmnstore index non-clustered columnstore index Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:07:00 +0000 25801 at http://sqlmag.com Writing Perfmon data to SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/writing-perfmon-data-sql-server <div class="field-deck"> Learn the tricks to get Perfmon to write performance counter data to SQL Server </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Q:</strong> I&rsquo;m trying to get Perfmon to write performance counter data to SQL Server. In Perfmon I&rsquo;ve created a Data Collector and I set the Log format to SQL. I have also created a data source using the SQL Server Native driver but when I try to start Perfmon I get the error Call to SQLAllocConnect failed with %1.</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> I&rsquo;ve found that you cannot use the SQL Server Native Client to log data to SQL Server from Perfmon. I have only had success when the data source that I created used the ODBC driver like you can see in Figure 1.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/writing-perfmon-data-sql-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/writing-perfmon-data-sql-server#comments SQL Server CounterData CounterDetails data source DisplayToID perfmon Perfromance Monitor run as SQL Server Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:17:00 +0000 25791 at http://sqlmag.com A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups http://sqlmag.com/blog/replacement-maintenance-plan-backups <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>This blog post is a bit of a &lsquo;repeat&rsquo; &ndash; since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in <a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/alwayson-availability-groups-and-sql-server-jobs-part-23-maintenance-plan-backups-and-ssis-pack">Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs</a>. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post.</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/replacement-maintenance-plan-backups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/replacement-maintenance-plan-backups#comments SQL Server Maintenance Plans Maintenance Plans SQL Express Backups SQL Express Backups SQL Server Backups SQL Server Backups Practical SQL Server Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:45:00 +0000 25781 at http://sqlmag.com The Myth About Estimated Execution Plans http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/myth-about-estimated-execution-plans <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">How you name things matters. As Buck Woody said about the original SQL Server documentation, Books Online, &ldquo;They weren&rsquo;t books and they weren&rsquo;t online.&rdquo; There are even </font><a href="http://www.cnet.com/pictures/25-worst-named-tech-products-pictures/24/"><u><font color="#0563c1" face="Calibri" size="3">more horrific</font></u></a><font face="Calibri" size="3"> examples. As was pointed out to me by Mike Dimmick on my blog, the name for Estimated Execution Plans puts people off.</font></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/myth-about-estimated-execution-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/myth-about-estimated-execution-plans#comments SQL Server actual estimated Execution plans Microsoft SQL Server Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000 25771 at http://sqlmag.com Announcing our IT/DevConnections Data Platform and Business Intelligence Keynote Speaker Conor Cunningham http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/announcing-our-itdevconnections-data-platform-and-business-intelligence-keynote-spea <div class="node-body article-body">This year we’re excited to welcome Conor Cunningham, Partner Architect on the SQL Server Core Engine Team at Microsoft as our Data Platform and Business Intelligence Keynote Speaker to speak on features coming to SQL Server 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/announcing-our-itdevconnections-data-platform-and-business-intelligence-keynote-spea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/announcing-our-itdevconnections-data-platform-and-business-intelligence-keynote-spea#comments SQL Server 2016 2015 IT/Dev Connections keynote sql server 2016 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:52:00 +0000 25761 at http://sqlmag.com Are You Ready For Power BI? http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/are-you-ready-power-bi <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Microsoft has positioned Power BI to be the industry-leading tool for simple self-service desktop data mashups but it has great heritage of serious business analytics.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve had numerous conversations lately with new consulting clients; both business leaders and technical professionals, who recognize the promise of Power BI and are anxious to put it to work solving real data problems.&nbsp; Are you ready to use Power BI to tackle your data challenges?&nbsp; On the 27<sup>th</sup> of August, I&rsquo;ll lead an online virtual workshop &ldquo;Building Business Intelligence Solutions</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/are-you-ready-power-bi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/power-bi/are-you-ready-power-bi#comments Power BI Business Decision Maker Business Intelligence Professional dashboard deliver online Power BI Self-Service Reporting training Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:26:00 +0000 25751 at http://sqlmag.com http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/94/0b/ef/940bef096f336dabb65f14f245361bc0.jpg Looking forward to Containers http://sqlmag.com/blog/looking-forward-containers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) &ndash; which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so.</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/looking-forward-containers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/looking-forward-containers#comments Systems Management SQL Server containers Containers deployment deployment docker docker future future SQL Server SQL Server virtualization virtualization Windows Windows Practical SQL Server Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:54:00 +0000 25731 at http://sqlmag.com Data Tales #2: The Case of the Exploding Table http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/data-tales-2-case-exploding-table <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I was recently at a customer site where the developers were very concerned about the impact of adding columns to a table. They told me that when they added a new column that their deployment code was timing out and the database was massively increasing in size. It had increased from around a small size to well over 50GB during the single operation. The deployment operation involved adding the column and writing one row to a deployment history table. Because they were only writing a single new row, they were blaming SQL Server for bloating the database size when a column was added.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/data-tales-2-case-exploding-table" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/data-tales-2-case-exploding-table#comments SQL Server 2012 AutoGrow growth setting SQL Server table Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:07:00 +0000 25711 at http://sqlmag.com http://taylors988.deviantart.com/art/Planetary-Explosion-131533901 SQL Select: FAQs about SQL Server 2014 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-faqs-about-sql-server-2014 <div class="field-deck"> Answers to your most frequently asked questions about SQL Server 2014 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Answers to your most frequently asked questions about SQL Server 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-faqs-about-sql-server-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-faqs-about-sql-server-2014#comments SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availabiliity Groups AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances BIDS In-Memory OLTP Server Core SSDT-BI Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:57:00 +0000 25701 at http://sqlmag.com