SQL Server Pro http://sqlmag.com/rss.xml en The Essential Guide to SQL Server 2014 Series: Scalability http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-series-scalability <div class="field-deck"> Learn about SQL Server 2014's scalability capabilties </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about SQL Server 2014's scalability capabilties</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-series-scalability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/essential-guide-sql-server-2014-series-scalability#comments SQL Server 2014 cores database size maximums Memory scailability sockets SQL Server 2014 VM Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:17:00 +0000 22461 at http://sqlmag.com Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2012 SP2 Now Available http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/cumulative-update-4-sql-server-2012-sp2-now-available <div class="node-body article-body">The latest cumulative update is available for SQL Server 2012 SP2.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/cumulative-update-4-sql-server-2012-sp2-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2012/cumulative-update-4-sql-server-2012-sp2-now-available#comments SQL Server 2012 CU CU4 cumulative update SQL Server 2012 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:24:00 +0000 22451 at http://sqlmag.com How To Configure Power BI Preview On-Premise Analysis Services Data Sources http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-configure-power-bi-preview-premise-analysis-services-data-sources <div class="node-body article-body">In this article we will step through how to securely connect an on-premises Analysis Services Tabular mode instance for use as a data source in the Power BI Preview. You can alternatively use a virtual environment in Azure (IaaS). The process is similar.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-configure-power-bi-preview-premise-analysis-services-data-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-configure-power-bi-preview-premise-analysis-services-data-sources#comments SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular Azure Business Decision Maker Database Administrator Database Developer Developer IaaS Power BI Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:55:00 +0000 22441 at http://sqlmag.com 5 Reasons Against Allowing db_owner Role Permissions http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/5-reasons-against-allowing-dbowner-role-permissions <div class="node-body article-body">As someone who has had to implement independent software vendor-developed (aka "purchased") solutions with a foundation in SQL Server for over 15 years I cringe whenever I see that the vendor requires db_owner role permissions for the end users.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/5-reasons-against-allowing-dbowner-role-permissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/5-reasons-against-allowing-dbowner-role-permissions#comments SQL Server db_owner security SQL Server Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:01:00 +0000 22431 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/fordplay/7528140924/in/set-72157630480245978 4 Methods of Identifying Connections Count in SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/4-methods-identifying-connections-count-sql-server <div class="node-body article-body">Recently I received a question about finding out how many connections were associated with a SQL Server instance. The answers really depend upon which version of SQL Server we're talking about.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/4-methods-identifying-connections-count-sql-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/4-methods-identifying-connections-count-sql-server#comments SQL Server dynamic management views SQL Server Connections Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:48:00 +0000 22421 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/fordplay/5811733921/in/set-72157626790823147 How can I move SQL Server Agent Jobs to different systems? http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-can-i-move-sql-server-agent-jobs-different-systems <div class="field-deck"> See how to move SQL Agents jobs between systems </div> <div class="node-body article-body">See how to move SQL Agents jobs between SQL Server instances</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-can-i-move-sql-server-agent-jobs-different-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/how-can-i-move-sql-server-agent-jobs-different-systems#comments SQL Server Job script sql agent T-SQL Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:30:00 +0000 22411 at http://sqlmag.com Overcoming Our Fear of Change in 2015 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/overcoming-our-fear-change-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">As I look at the research on change management, there seem to be some common reasons for why we fear change within organizations. Maybe you’ll recognize some of these in yourself or your organization. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/overcoming-our-fear-change-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/overcoming-our-fear-change-2015#comments SQL Server 2015 Change Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:27:00 +0000 22401 at http://sqlmag.com Who’s in control of your data? http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/who-s-control-your-data <div class="node-body article-body">There’s a lot of data out there, a lot more on the way, and an increasing demand for companies and organizations to process, analyze, and use data faster than ever before. Stuck in the middle are database administrators (DBAs), many of whom are finding it hard to keep control over databases and their associated data. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/who-s-control-your-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/who-s-control-your-data#comments SQL Server data SQL Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:54:00 +0000 22391 at http://sqlmag.com Walking through the Power BI Public Preview http://sqlmag.com/cloud/walking-through-power-bi-public-preview <div class="node-body article-body">Over the holidays Microsoft quietly released a public preview of Power BI’s recent innovations. This humble release was by design. If you want more information, don’t fret. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/cloud/walking-through-power-bi-public-preview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/cloud/walking-through-power-bi-public-preview#comments Cloud SQL Server Power BI Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:40:00 +0000 22351 at http://sqlmag.com Starting Your Modeling Career with Analysis Services Tabular Models Part 1 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/starting-your-modeling-career-analysis-services-tabular-models-part-1 <div class="field-deck"> Four-part series </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft's introduction of the xVelocity in-memory analytics engine in 2010 is a significant game-changer for business intelligence and data management. The availability of this impressive technology and its future application in new product features will change the way you store and consume data, and it's at the heart of SSAS Tabular.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/starting-your-modeling-career-analysis-services-tabular-models-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/starting-your-modeling-career-analysis-services-tabular-models-part-1#comments SQL Server SQL Server SSAS Tabular Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:23:00 +0000 22341 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Select: Steps to Migrate from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014 http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-steps-migrate-sql-server-2000-sql-server-2014 <div class="field-deck"> See how to migrate from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">See how to migrate from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-steps-migrate-sql-server-2000-sql-server-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/sql-select-steps-migrate-sql-server-2000-sql-server-2014#comments SQL Server 2014 logins Migration sql agent SQL Server 2000 SQL Server 2008 SQL Server 2014 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:24:00 +0000 22331 at http://sqlmag.com The Last non NULL Puzzle http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/last-non-null-puzzle <div class="field-deck"> Two solutions to a common problem </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Returning the last non NULL value is a common and simple need, but there's no straightforward solution.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/last-non-null-puzzle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/last-non-null-puzzle#comments T-SQL SQL Server non NULL Null SQL Server T-SQL Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:30:00 +0000 22321 at http://sqlmag.com Manage MDS Data for SQL 2014 Inside Excel with This New Add-in http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/manage-mds-data-sql-2014-inside-excel-new-add <div class="node-body article-body">A new add-in for Microsoft Excel users provides MDS access and functionality within the Office product.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/manage-mds-data-sql-2014-inside-excel-new-add" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/manage-mds-data-sql-2014-inside-excel-new-add#comments SQL Server 2014 Master Data Services MDS SQL Server 2015 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:15:00 +0000 22311 at http://sqlmag.com CodePlex R Graphics Project for Reporting Services http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/codeplex-r-graphics-project-reporting-services <div class="node-body article-body">Recently Timo Klimmer, a Microsoft colleague, brilliantly extended SSRS to enable the use of R code and graphics using Custom Report Item capabilities. He called this project, the "R Graphics Device for Reporting Services" and was kind enough to share this wonderful project publicly on CodePlex. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/codeplex-r-graphics-project-reporting-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/codeplex-r-graphics-project-reporting-services#comments SQL Server CodePlex Graphics Reporting Services Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:40:00 +0000 22261 at http://sqlmag.com Microsoft Connects Power BI to On-Premises SQL with Preview Tool http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/microsoft-connects-power-bi-premises-sql-preview-tool <div class="node-body article-body">A new client connects SQL Server Analysis Services instance directly with Power BI Analysis Services.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/microsoft-connects-power-bi-premises-sql-preview-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/microsoft-connects-power-bi-premises-sql-preview-tool#comments Cloud SQL Server Power BI Analysis Services SQL Server Analysis Services Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:52:00 +0000 22251 at http://sqlmag.com Optimizing SQL Server 2014 Workloads in the Enterprise http://sqlmag.com/cisco/optimizing-sql-server-2014-workloads-enterprise <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Cisco </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Thursday, February 19<sup>th</sup>, 2015 @ 2pm ET</strong></p> <p>Successful optimization of Microsoft SQL Server workloads requires more than robust hardware capable of delivering high performance and availability under demanding conditions. To truly successfully optimize your SQL Server workloads for the enterprise you need to take advantage of SQL Server enterprise feature set as well as optimally leveraging your IT infrastructure to address your core business requirements. Some of the key areas to plan for include:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/cisco/optimizing-sql-server-2014-workloads-enterprise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cisco Resources Sponsored Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:22:00 +0000 22571 at http://sqlmag.com 17 Questions Every SQL DBA Should Ask Before Supporting a New Third-Party Database http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/17-questions-every-sql-dba-should-ask-supporting-new-third-party-database <div class="node-body article-body">17 questions every production DBA should ask to ensure that the architecture that surrounds the new database is appropriate, complete and as minimal as necessary to accomplish the correct level of support and service.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/17-questions-every-sql-dba-should-ask-supporting-new-third-party-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/database-administration/17-questions-every-sql-dba-should-ask-supporting-new-third-party-database#comments Database Administration Database Administrator DBA hints production DBA Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:15:00 +0000 22241 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/dskley/7857056934/in/photolist-cYithS-4HfejV-6nsQaw-6oaHqL-5SMzkY-6KUAgU-46FYo6-6oauVL-6o6h8c-6nntNk-6nouGV-jR9gc-6nrZhm-6nnVDa-6o6fN4-6o6mGX-6o6pjH-6o6j38-6o6iH6-7zASJD-6oawKY-6nsqoy-6nsLEu-6nrE7o-9nJ7M4-6nrKQb-6nrCjQ-9dTd52-mmYtiR-6nrD2Q-6nrFQo-6HDsWj-mmYGEQ-mn6sAd-nK3ddU Why 2015 Will Be the Year of Containers for SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/why-2015-will-be-year-containers-sql-server <div class="node-body article-body">It’s that time of the year to make predictions for next year, so here’s mine: 2015 will be the year of containers for SQL Server. I can already feel the momentum building.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/why-2015-will-be-year-containers-sql-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/why-2015-will-be-year-containers-sql-server#comments SQL Server 2015 containers Oracle SQL Server tech predictions Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:27:00 +0000 22221 at http://sqlmag.com CU5 for SQL Server 2014 Brings Fixes and Enhanced Support for Azure SQL Database http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/cu5-sql-server-2014-brings-fixes-and-enhanced-support-azure-sql-database <div class="node-body article-body">CU5 has released and amid the accumulated updates Microsoft is providing some useful functions for Azure SQL Database management.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/cu5-sql-server-2014-brings-fixes-and-enhanced-support-azure-sql-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/cu5-sql-server-2014-brings-fixes-and-enhanced-support-azure-sql-database#comments SQL Server 2014 Azure SQL Database SQL Server Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:34:00 +0000 22211 at http://sqlmag.com Use the TOP Filter's WITH TIES Option http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/use-top-filter-with-ties-option <div class="field-deck"> Learn what this option does </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Take a little quiz to see if you know what the TOP filter's WITH TIES option does.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/use-top-filter-with-ties-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/use-top-filter-with-ties-option#comments T-SQL SQL Server TOP filter WITH TIES option Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 21941 at http://sqlmag.com Identifying Indexes on a Table http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/identifying-indexes-table <div class="node-body article-body">During performance tuning it's frequently necessary to determine if there are better indexing options to satisfy the query you're tuning but at the same time ensuring you're not going to make matters worse overall. That usually means you need to know what indexes already exist on a table. Here is a quick script you can use immediately to give you that information.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/identifying-indexes-table" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/identifying-indexes-table#comments SQL Server Indexes SQL Server Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:10:00 +0000 22191 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/fordplay/7528508920/in/set-72157630480956030/ Eight SQL Server Signs the Illuminati Exist http://sqlmag.com/blog/eight-sql-server-signs-illuminati-exist <div class="node-body blog-body">Make no mistake about it, the signs that the Illuminati exist are all around us. You can find their markings on our buildings, on our currency and even in our music videos. That’s right, they’re everywhere!</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sql-server-pro-guest-blogs">SQL Server Pro Guest Blogs</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/eight-sql-server-signs-illuminati-exist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/eight-sql-server-signs-illuminati-exist#comments SQL Server SQL Server SQL Server SQL Server Pro Guest Blogs Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:04:00 +0000 22181 at http://sqlmag.com Monitor SQL Server 2014 for Proactive Management and Minimal Downtime http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/monitor-sql-server-2014-proactive-management-and-minimal-downtime <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft has released an updated Management Pack that adds new functionality to monitoring SQL Server 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/monitor-sql-server-2014-proactive-management-and-minimal-downtime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/monitor-sql-server-2014-proactive-management-and-minimal-downtime#comments SQL Server 2014 Operations Manager Management Pack Operations Manager SQL Server System Center Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:31:00 +0000 22171 at http://sqlmag.com SQL Server PHP and JDBC Drivers Released to GA http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-php-and-jdbc-drivers-released-ga <div class="node-body article-body">The drivers for PHP and JDBC for SQL Server spent just around a month in beta and are now publicly available.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-php-and-jdbc-drivers-released-ga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-php-and-jdbc-drivers-released-ga#comments SQL Server Development Java JDBC PHP SQL Server Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:50:00 +0000 22151 at http://sqlmag.com Using the ADO.NET Connection String http://sqlmag.com/scripting/using-adonet-connection-string <div class="field-deck"> Make sure your scripts have the information they need to connect to databases </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The ADO.NET connection string contains the information that a script needs to connect to a SQL Server database. Here's what you need to know to create one.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/scripting/using-adonet-connection-string" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/scripting/using-adonet-connection-string#comments Scripting ADO.NET connecting to a database using ADO.NET in a PowerShell script ConnectionString property SqlConnection object Windows PowerShell Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:37:00 +0000 22131 at http://sqlmag.com Avoid Unnecessary Lookups when Using ROW_NUMBER for Paging http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/avoid-unnecessary-lookups-when-using-rownumber-paging <div class="field-deck"> Improve your solution's performance </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Eliminate unnecessary lookups to improve the performance of the typical solution for paging using row numbers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/avoid-unnecessary-lookups-when-using-rownumber-paging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/avoid-unnecessary-lookups-when-using-rownumber-paging#comments T-SQL SQL Server lookups Paging Performance ROW_NUMBER Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 21931 at http://sqlmag.com Impressions from the 2014 Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference http://sqlmag.com/virtualization/impressions-2014-gartner-data-center-infrastructure-operations-management-conference <div class="node-body article-body">While attending the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management conference in Las Vegas, Don Boxley shares some early impressions and interesting experiences.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/virtualization/impressions-2014-gartner-data-center-infrastructure-operations-management-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/virtualization/impressions-2014-gartner-data-center-infrastructure-operations-management-conference#comments Virtualization cloud costs conference downtime Garner shared experience unexpected downtime VMs zombie VM Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:53:00 +0000 22061 at http://sqlmag.com Reactive Learning and Relevancy for the Accidental DBA http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/reactive-learning-and-relevancy-accidental-dba <div class="node-body article-body">When learning new skills and technologies is knowledge enough? Tim Ford asserts that relevancy in your organization is a critical piece to learning successfully.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/reactive-learning-and-relevancy-accidental-dba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/reactive-learning-and-relevancy-accidental-dba#comments SQL Server accidental dba career development devops SQL Server Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:58:00 +0000 22031 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/fordplay/3129472538/in/set-72157611463399189 Top Reasons Why Data Protection and Availability For Microsoft SQL Server http://sqlmag.com/emc/top-reasons-why <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: EMC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Don&rsquo;t be left without SQL Server data protection, learn top reasons why customer choose EMC.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/emc/top-reasons-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EMC Resources Sponsored Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:50:00 +0000 22301 at http://sqlmag.com Microsoft SQL Server on XtremIO- Meeting SQL DBA challenges http://sqlmag.com/emc/microsoft-sql-server-xtremio <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: EMC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hear from EMC experts how to empower your SQL Server</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/emc/microsoft-sql-server-xtremio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EMC Resources Sponsored Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:50:00 +0000 22291 at http://sqlmag.com