Database design

Ben Richardson
Example Of Records Using A Clustered Index

Using SQL CREATE INDEX to create clustered and non-clustered indexes

January 10, 2020 by

The SQL CREATE INDEX statement is used to create clustered as well as non-clustered indexes in SQL Server. An index in a database is very similar to an index in a book. A book index may have a list of topics discussed in a book in alphabetical order. Therefore, if you want to search for any specific topic, you simply go to the index, find the page number of the topic, and go to that specific page number. Database indexes are similar and come handy. Particularly, if you have a huge number of records in your database, indexes can speed up the query execution process. There are two major types of indexes in SQL Server: clustered indexes and non-clustered indexes.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
Database install script

Install and configure the AdventureWorks2016 sample database

January 9, 2020 by

This article explains the process of installing the AdventureWorks2016 and AdventureWorksDW2016 sample database on a stand-alone instance of SQL Server and Azure SQL Server. The sample databases were published by Microsoft to demonstrate how to design a database using SQL Server. Microsoft has also published another lightweight database named AdventureworksLT, which can be used as a sample database on Azure SQL Server.

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Ahmad Yaseen
SQL Server audit - New Temporal Table Creation

Performing a SQL Server Audit using System-Versioned Temporal Tables

May 14, 2019 by

In previous articles of this SQL Server Audit series (see the TOC at the bottom), we discussed the main concept and real-life needs for having a SQL Server Audit solution. After that, we went through the different methods that can be used to audit the SQL Server instances and databases. In this article, we will show how to take advantages of the System-versioned Temporal Tables feature to audit database table DML changes.

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Ranga Babu
Data check

SQL Foreign key

April 5, 2019 by

In this article let us review different ways to create a SQL foreign key, rules on updates and deletes, enabling foreign key constraints, disabling foreign key constraints and not for replication in foreign keys.

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Rajendra Gupta
SQL Server FILETABLE objects

SQL Server FILETABLE Use Cases

March 28, 2019 by

SQL Server FILETABLE provides benefits over SQL FILESTREAM available from SQL Server 2012. We can manage unstructured objects in the file system using SQL Server. It stores metadata in particular fixed schema tables and columns. It provides compatibility between an object in SQL Server table and Windows.

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Rajendra Gupta
SQL FILETABLE root folder structure

Managing Data in SQL Server FILETABLEs

March 22, 2019 by

SQL Server FILETABLE is a next generation feature of SQL FILESTREAM. We can use it to store unstructured objects into a hierarchal directory structure. SQL Server manages SQL FILETABLE using computed columns and interacts with the OS using extended functions. We can manage SQL FILETABLEs similar to a relational table.

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Rajendra Gupta
SQL FILETABLE root folder structure and child folder mapping with SQL Server FILETABLE

SQL Server FILETABLE – the next generation of SQL FILESTREAM

March 11, 2019 by

This SQL Server FILETABLE article is the continuation of the SQL Server FILESTREAM series. The SQL Server FILESTREAM feature is available from SQL Server 2008 on. We can store unstructured objects into FILESTREAM container using this feature. SQL Server 2012 introduced a new feature, SQL Server FILETABLE, built on top of the SQL FILESTREAM feature. In this article, we will explore the SQL FILETABLE feature overview and its comparison with SQL FILESTREAM.

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Rajendra Gupta
SQL FILESTREAM demo backup

Transaction log backups in a SQL FILESTREAM database

March 5, 2019 by

In the continuation of our SQL FILESTREAM article series, we’ll be covering transaction log backups

In SQL Server, we take transaction log backups regularly to have a point-in-time recovery of a database. It is essential to define the backup policy with the combination of full, differential and transaction log backups. A standard configuration of backups for large databases in the production database environment is as follows.

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Nikola Dimitrijevic

SQL Server trace flags guide; from -1 to 840

March 4, 2019 by

SQL Server trace flags are configuration handles that can be used to enable or disable a specific SQL Server characteristic or to change a specific SQL Server behavior. It is an advanced SQL Server mechanism that allows drilling down into a hidden and advanced SQL Server features to ensure more effective troubleshooting and debugging, advanced monitoring of SQL Server behavior and diagnosing of performance issues, or turning on and off various SQL Server features