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SQL Server database backup tools

September 18, 2018 by

This collection of content presents an overview of top SQL Server database backup tools, with product page links for each of the tools and screenshots if available. If you noticed a tool we missed, please let us know in the comments below.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Available options for generating heatmaps in an SSRS report

September 17, 2018 by

As developers of business intelligence solutions, we tend to service different types of business users. Whilst a call center supervisor is more likely to consume reports that offer detailed breakdown of day-to-day performance of her call center agents, senior managers on the other hand often prefer big-picture analytical reports that represent data in a form of colorful graphs and charts. Not surprisingly, such reports often make use of heatmap controls to provide visually effective comparative view of business metrics against set targets.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Join overview and tutorial

September 17, 2018 by

The ability to combine results from related rows from multiple tables is an important part of relational database system design. In SQL Server, this is accomplished with the SQL join clause.  It’s the nature of traditional relational database systems where some table contains information related to other tables with a common key value. Using a SQL join, you can easily perform queries on related data-sets from multiple tables with these shared keys.

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SQL Server database auditing tools

September 17, 2018 by

This collection of content presents an overview of top SQL Server database auditing tools, with product page links for each of the tools and screenshots if available. If you noticed a tool we missed, please let us know in the comments below.

All database auditing tools are sorted by alphabetical order.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Substring function overview

September 14, 2018 by

The requirement of data refactoring is very common and vital in data mining operations. In the previous article SQL string functions for Data Munging (Wrangling), you’ll learn the tips for getting started with SQL string functions, including the SQL substring function for data munging with SQL Server. As we all agree that the data stored in one form sometimes require a transformation, we’ll take a look at some common functions or tasks for changing the case of a string, converting a value into a different type, trimming a value, and replacing a particular string in a field and so on.

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Top free add-ins for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

September 13, 2018 by

This collection of content presents an overview of free SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) add-ins, with product page links for each of the tools and screenshots if available. SSMS add-ins are presented in alphabetical order. If you noticed a free tool we missed, please let us know in the comments below.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL string functions for Data Munging (Wrangling)

September 13, 2018 by

In this article, you’ll learn the tips for getting started using SQL string functions for data munging with SQL Server. In many cases, Machine learning outcomes are only as good as the data they’re built on – but the work of preparing data for analytics (that is, data wrangling) can eat up as much as 80% of your project efforts. 

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Server transactional replication: How to reinitialize a subscription using a SQL Server database backup

September 13, 2018 by

A workload management is considered as a critical aspect of SQL Server transactional replication. Replication is the oldest of the high availability technologies in SQL Server and it is available since the inception of SQL Server. As a very mature technology, SQL Server transactional replication is also very robust and, in most cases, very straightforward to set up and manage.

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Ahmad Yaseen

SQL Server Execution Plan Operators – Part 1

September 12, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series, SQL Server Execution Plans overview , SQL Server Execution Plans types and How to Analyze SQL Execution Plan Graphical Components, we discussed the steps that are performed by the SQL Server Relational Engine to generate the Execution Plan of a submitted query and the steps performed by the SQL Server Storage Engine to retrieve the requested data or perform the requested modification operation.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Replication: Basic setup and configuration

September 12, 2018 by

This is article is a continuation of the previous: SQL Server replication: Overview of components and topography.

By now, you’re familiar with the components of replication. So far, we’ve seen a lot of theory about replication. It’s a time for practical walkthrough of setting up a basic transactional SQL Replication system. The best way to get a feel for how SQL Replication is implemented and how it works is to see it in action.

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Prashanth Jayaram

How to setup a custom SQL Server transaction replication model with a Central Subscriber and Multiple Publisher databases

September 12, 2018 by

In this data-driven era, replication is often a critical requirement for achieving a modern, agile database management environment. It is believed designing an enterprise-grade dataset is the to achieving this requirement but building datamarts from datasets always presents certain challenges

In this article, we’ll discuss what it takes to setup “central subscriber with multiple publishers” replication model, to create an aggregate dataset from multiple sources, and you’ll also see how to scale with the data.

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Prashanth Jayaram

SQL Server replication: Overview of components and topography

September 11, 2018 by

The volume of data retained, managed, and accessed today is unprecedented. Businesses expect the IT department to keep data online and accessible indefinitely, putting intense pressure on the databases required to store and manage it. To meet today’s needs; we need to replace outdated and inefficient legacy processes with new, more agile techniques. SQL Server Replication is one of the techniques to accommodate such demands.

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Esat Erkec

How to create a Mobile Dashboard with SQL Server Microsoft Mobile Publisher?

September 10, 2018 by

Over the past three years, I read some interesting news about Microsoft which was “Microsoft acquires mobile business intelligence leader Datazen”. This news made me excited because showing Reporting Service reports in mobile devices can be painful and often not effective for end users. After this acquisition, Microsoft developers worked quickly to adapt the Datazen application to SQL Server Reporting Services and this effort culminated in Microsoft SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher.

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Ahmad Yaseen

How to Analyze SQL Execution Plan Graphical Components

September 7, 2018 by

In the previous articles of this series, SQL Server Execution Plans overview and SQL Server Execution Plans types we went through the different stages that the submitted SQL Server query followed and how it processed by the SQL Server Relational Engine that generates the Execution Plan and the SQL Server Storage Engine that performs the requested data retrieval or modification operation. In addition, we described deeply the different types and formats of the SQL Server Execution Plans that can be used for queries performance troubleshooting purposes. In this article, we will discuss the graphical query plan components and how to analyze it.

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