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    Oct 30, 2013
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    SQL Server High Availability with Amazon EC2

    DataKeeper Cluster Edition from SIOS Technology can be used to provide a SQL Server high availability solution within the Amazon EC2 environment....More
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    Oct 29, 2013
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    Old BI vs. New BI 3

    A very common reference to business intelligence approaches has emerged, comparing "old BI" to "new BI."...More
  • Oct 22, 2013
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    Other Tools For Measuring I/O? 1

    There are a few different ways to monitor the I/O workload of a server. The easiest for the database administrator to use will always be Performance Monitor because that is built into the Windows OS....More
  • Sep 23, 2013
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    Integrating MongoDB and Open Source Data Stores with Power Pivot

    Business users don't care where data is stored or where it's coming from. By using data integration tools, you can expose MongoDB data stores to users through Excel, enabling Power Pivot models and Power View visualizations....More
  • Sep 5, 2013
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    Virtual Clustered SQL Servers Get a Big Feature in VMware 5.5 1

    There are a lot of folks out there who have SQL Server clusters setup under Hyper-V and VMware. One of the issues on the VMware side of things has been the MPIO configuration....More
  • Aug 30, 2013
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    Database Mail Tip: Notifying Operators vs. Sending Emails

    I recently discovered that to improve SQL Server's Database Mail functionality, it's more effective to send alerts and notifications to Operators than to email addresses....More
  • Aug 1, 2013
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    Massive Speed and High Availability

    One of the things people are always trying to figure out is how to get high-speed disks and high availability (HA) all in a single package. A possible solution is the DataKeeper Cluster Edition from SIOS Technology....More
  • Jul 15, 2013
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    Microsoft Cloud BI Update 2013

    I've been blogging about cloud BI and Microsoft's bits and pieces and slow roll into the cloud with BI. The "Power BI for Office 365" announcements from Redmond show real commitment to cloud BI....More
  • May 8, 2013
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    Use SSIS for ETL from Hadoop 4

    In this blog post, Mark Kromer walks you through using SSIS as a way to use ETL techniques using Microsoft's Hadoop on Windows (HDInsight) as a source using Hive connectors...More
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    Apr 22, 2013
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    Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

    Let's talk about database application benchmarking. This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade....More
  • Apr 15, 2013
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    Add Power View Reports to Your PerformancePoint 2013 Dashboards

    Mark Kromer shows new methods for adding Power View reports into your PerformancePoint dashboards with SharePoint 2013....More

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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