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Columnstore Indexes – part 100 (“Identity”)

Continuation from the previous 99 parts, the whole series can be found at http://www.nikoport.com/columnstore/.

In Data Warehousing one will not be shocked to find a number of tables using IDENTITY property on a column, a lot of times to create automatic incremental values for the surrogate keys.
What about… Read more

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Posted in Niko's blog on 25 March 2017

The Public Speaking Roadmap

So you look around, and all the cool kids are speaking at SQL Saturdays and PASS Summit and the like. You want to be the cool kids too, so how do you start public speaking? Here in four simple steps, is your roadmap.

The post The Public Speaking Roadmap appeared… Read more

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Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 25 March 2017

Using Pester with dbatools Test-DbaLastBackup

In previous posts I have shown how to use Test-DbaLastBackup from dbatools and how you can make use of the results. Today we will look at using  Pester with the results

Pester provides a framework for running unit tests to execute and validate PowerShell commands from within PowerShell.…

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 25 March 2017

TSQLTuesday.com – Quick WordPress Setup in Azure

When I agreed to host the T-SQL Tuesday site, I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought about just putting up a static page, one I’d edit, but in some conversations with Adam Machanic, he wanted to have a few people able to manage the site. That makes sense and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 March 2017

Querying SQL and Windows Version Info with T-SQL

Just a quick one today - I see questions sometimes about polling Windows information from inside SQL Server itself.  There are a couple of frequently touted options:



The most basic option, and it does return most of what we want but not in any kind of…

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Posted in Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY on 24 March 2017

A Note on Configuring HP SSD’s

Sharing this without a supporting link, might help someone. During a recent move from SAN to local SSD the storage guy noted that the following has to be done to get best performance.

This command disables SSD Smart Path. You must disable the SSD Smart Path before enabling Controller caching.…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 March 2017

Why did my SQL Server database just go offline?

Note: This post contains a video clip where I show quirky behaviour of the scripted offline task. Personally I rarely use SQL Server Management Studio GUI to do day-to-day tasks, I rather just load a window and start typing stuff … Continue reading

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Posted in All About SQL on 24 March 2017

Configuring KDIFF With GitHub

Posting this mostly in case I need it again. I needed a merge tool for Git, Kdiff is free and useful, but you have to get all the switches set up if you want full functionality (three way merge). I found the answer on this blog post (a reminder to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 March 2017

vNext has AG

Now vNext SQL Server on Linux supports Availability Group HA/DR functionality supported.   https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2017/02/17/sql-server-on-linux-mission-critical-hadr-with-always-on-availability-groups/    

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Posted in Vinay Thakur on 23 March 2017

SQL Agent on vNext – Linux

SQL Server is running on Linux now with SQLPAL- SQL Platform Abstraction Layer(SQLPAL) -it will work as a virtual Windows server on Linux so I think now Microsoft should able to include things which we are doing on Windows Server. on that … Continue reading

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Posted in Vinay Thakur on 23 March 2017

Updated SQL Server on VMware Best Practices Guide

I am proud to announce that we contributed to the latest revision of the Microsoft SQL Server on VMware best practices guide, freely available at this address. This document outlines some of the common VM-level tweaks and adjustments that are made when running enterprise SQL Server VMs on VMware… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 23 March 2017

Illustration of an example availability monitoring service Using PowerShell and SQL

This article discusses a simple solution of how to monitor SQL service availability across multiple servers and reporting. To build this I’ll use SQL Server with simple PowerShell script and cmdlets which generate JSON data and displays results in HTML

Article highlights

  • Defines the objective of JSON
  • Explains the PoSH…

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Posted in PowerSQL By Prashanth Jayaram on 23 March 2017

TempDB Database On a Local Disk for an FCI

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TempDB Database On a Local Disk for an FCI

This article will be helpful in configuring TempDB on a local Disk instead of shared storage in SQL Server 2012/2014. This will reduce the I/O requests from the shared storage and overall it can improve performance.

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Posted in Ganapathi's MSSQLLover on 23 March 2017

An Introduction to Conatiners and Docker: Switch to Windows Containers

This is Chris Gibson's second post. This post follows on from his first post called: An Introduction to Containers and Docker. You can read all about Chris on our About Us Page


So far you have a fresh install of Docker for Windows, which is cool.  However, by…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 23 March 2017

Building SQL Server Projects with GitLab Runners

This is the eighth part in the series: SQL Server and Continuous Integration. This post describes the set-up required for GitLab runners to automatically build SQL Server projects after each commit. I use ReadyRoll for my SQL Server projects, but SSDT projects could also be built in the same… Read more

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Posted in The Database Avenger on 22 March 2017

Windows Tips and Tricks – Quick Screen Clipping

It’s quite easy to hit the PrintScreen key and capture the whole screen. But how do we (quickly) capture a part of the screen ? If you are using OneNote, there’s a very cool trick I want to share with you:

First, make sure that you see the “New Quick… Read more

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Posted in Gorandalf's SQL Blog on 22 March 2017

Backing up SQL Server on Linux using Ola Hallengrens Maintenance Solution

With the release of SQL Server vNext CTP 1.4 SQL Agent was released for use on Linux. To install it on Ubuntu you need to upgrade your SQL Server to CTP 1.4. On Ubuntu you do this with

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mssql-server

Once you have CTP 1.4… Read more

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 22 March 2017

Delete an Azure SQL Database from PowerShell

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

One of the things I’ve been working on is trying to get my DevOps, continuous delivery pipeline working with Azure. Part of that is a test deployment… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 March 2017

Automating DBCC DBTABLE – obtaining the disk Sector Size

I was recently reading this msdn article on Ghost Records, and it mentioned that you could get the number of ghost records on a page with DBCC DBTABLE… and it also mentioned that you need to be sure that you enable Trace Flag 3604 in order to see the results.… Read more

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Posted in A Discussion of SQL Server-Related Topics on 22 March 2017

Taking dbatools Test-DbaLastBackup a little further

In a previous post I showed how easy it is to test your backups using Test-DbaLastBackup

Today I thought I would take it a little further and show you how PowerShell can be used to transmit or store this information in the manner you require

Test-DBALastBackup returns an object of… Read more

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Posted in SQL DBA With A Beard on 22 March 2017

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