Miroslav Dimitrov

SQL Server Transactional Replication Moving Distribution Database – step-by-step guide

November 27, 2015 by

SQL Server replication is a relatively old high-availability solution part of the Microsoft world. In fact, there have not been any significant changes to this solution in the recent versions SQL versions, but it is still a widespread mechanism for distributing objects from one database to another and synchronize them. Replication is very useful when you have remote and mobile users accessing your data. Let’s cut to the chase and give you more details about our specific case. :)

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Ed Pollack

The SQL Server Query Store in Action

November 26, 2015 by


The Query Store is a new feature in SQL Server 2016 that will greatly improve the process of performance tuning! The biggest limit of the query plan cache and the dynamic management views that relates to it is that it is very temporary. Queries are only accessible for as long as they are in cache, and as a result there is no way to travel back in time to determine what happened at 9am yesterday, or why performance worsened over a week-long period.

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Dinesh Asanka

How to Avoid CXPACKETs?

November 25, 2015 by

CXPACKET is one of the famous wait type that database administrators are experiencing. Before moving into the details of CXPACKET wait type, first let us discuss about the waits in SQL Server in brief.

SQL Server is a mini operating system. When SQL Server is executing any task and if for any reason it has to wait for resources to execute the task, it will wait in a list until it gets the relevant resources. This list is called Waiter list or suspended list. This is not a queue as whenever that task is ready with required resources it will move to the runnable queue which means that it is ready to execute whenever the processor is free to execute. Depending on the type of the wait, there are more than 200 wait types. CXPACKET, WRITELOG, ASYNC_NETWORK_IO are the most common wait types. This is very brief discussion about waits. For any case where this is not clear, it will be better to get more details from other sources as this article is not intend to discuss about waits in detail.

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Ed Pollack

Mapping schema and recursively managing data – Part 2

November 20, 2015 by


In Part 1 of this article, we built a case for the benefits of documenting our schema via the use of a stored procedure, as well as the ways this information can be used for DML operations on a relational database. Below, we will continue where we left off by speeding up our SQL queries and then putting everything together so that we can demo a usable script that will hopefully make your life easier!

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Ed Pollack

Mapping schema and recursively managing data – Part 1

November 18, 2015 by


In a typical OLTP environment, we want to maintain an acceptable level of data integrity.  The easiest way to do this is through the use of foreign keys, which ensure that the values for a given column will always match that of a primary key in another table.

Over time, as the number of tables, columns, and foreign keys increase, the structure of that database can become unwieldy.  A single table could easily link to thirty others, a table could have a parent-child relationship with itself, or a circular relationship could occur between a set of many tables.

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Brian Bønk Rueløkke

Query Store – the next generation tool for every DBA

November 13, 2015 by

Along with the release of SQL server 2016 CTP 3 now comes the preview of a brand new feature for on premise databases – the Query Store. This feature enables performance monitoring and troubleshooting through the log of executed queries.

This blogpost will cover the following aspects of the Query Store feature:

  • Introduction
  • How to activate it
  • Configuration options
  • What information is found in the Query Store
  • How to use the feature
  • What’s in it for me
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Kenneth M. Nielsen

Using SQL Server 2016 CTP3 in Azure

November 6, 2015 by

As the time of the release of the next version of SQL Server is closing in, the cycle of Community Technical Preview (CTP) releases is shorter and shorter – we are now at CTP3 and the product seems very much mature for release. There is a handful of features not yet implemented, that was on the roadmap – but I bet you the SQL Team will go an extra length to get the features ready for the final release.

This post will show you how to get started with testing/using the newest version of the CTP.

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Priyanka Chouhan

7 Neat tricks to better safeguard a SQL database

November 3, 2015 by

Every organization, whether large or small, imposes some security measures to protect its confidential data. Such data usually includes contract details, project planning reports, employee information, financial account details and more. More often than not, firewalls, anti-viruses, and other data security techniques are applied to keep unauthorized users or programs from accessing such sensitive company data. What most organizations probably fail to recognize is the threat that exists to such information from people within the circle of trust.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to connect our C# application in Azure

October 30, 2015 by

Azure is a simple and cheap way to have a Database. You can rent your Azure Database of 2 GB per 5 USD per month. That is a very cheap price. You can also administer your Database from your Android or your iPhone, which is very interesting.

It is also possible to create your Windows Application using Visual Studio and connect to SQL Azure. In this new chapter, we are going to create Windows application in C# and connect to a SQL Azure database. We are going to retrieve the information of a table stored in Azure in our Windows application.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Where’s my Team Explorer 2015?

October 28, 2015 by


If you have been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for as long as I have, you will recall that just about every release of TFS has always been accompanied by standalone Team Explorer and Team Explorer Everywhere software installers. So you will understand my bewilderment when I couldn’t locate these installers following a successful setup of on-premise (on-prem) TFS 2015 server instance for my employer. After going through every possible link on search engine results relating to “Team Explorer 2015,” I concluded that only Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 was released this time around.

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