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Timothy Smith
The load consumed 7 seconds for 2.45 million rows during the SQL bulk insert.

Lock Configurations with SQL Bulk Insert

May 11, 2020 by

One challenge we may face when using SQL bulk insert is whether we want to allow access during the operation or prevent access and how we coordinate this with possible following transactions. We’ll look at working with a few configurations of this tool and how we may apply them in OLAP, OLPT, and mixed environments where we may want to use the tool’s flexibility for our data import needs.

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Jignesh Raiyani
Monitor Transaction Log

Monitor Transaction Log shipping using T-SQL and SSMS

March 10, 2020 by

Database Administrators are vigilant on the backup and restore processes and use the Monitor Transaction log for the same. SQL Server Transaction Log shipping’s prime steps are Transaction Log backup, copy and restore. The answer to solving Disaster Recovery (DR) at the database level can be achieved by SQL Server Transaction Log shipping.

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Jignesh Raiyani

How to configure SQL Server Log Shipping

March 5, 2020 by

SQL Server Log shipping provides a DR (disaster recovery) solution for the SQL Server databases and it can be configured at the database level. In a specific time-gap, SQL Server Transaction Log backup will be taken and copied to the destination site and will be restored. This complete activity or solution will be done by SQL Server job and each step is configured by the user. The learner may confront the difficulties in a couple of steps or while troubleshooting but for the experienced user, it is too easy to set up and handle the SQL Server log shipping set up errors.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu
Error at OLE DB Destination component during data migration using SSIS's Data Flow Task

Dynamic column mapping in SSIS: SqlBulkCopy class vs Data Flow

February 14, 2020 by

The Data Flow Task is an essential component in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) as it provides SSIS ETL developers with an ability to conveniently extract data from various data sources; perform basic, fuzzy to advance data transformations; and migrate data into all kinds of data repository systems. Yet, with all its popularity and convenience, there are instances whereby the Data Flow Task is simply not good enough and recently, I got to experience such inefficiencies. To demonstrate some of the limitations of SSIS’s Data Flow Task, I have put together a random list of Premier League’s leading goal scorers for the 2019-2020 season.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
Database Mail configuration: Email with high priority and confidential

Database Mail configuration in SQL Server Express edition

January 21, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain step by step process to perform Database Mail configuration in SQL Server Express edition using the T-SQL script. As we know, SQL Server Express edition does not provide the SQL Server Agent Services; hence we cannot perform Database Mail configuration or SQL Jobs or maintenance plans using SQL Server Management Studio. To configure the Database Mail feature in the SQL Server Express edition, we must use CLR integration or using stored procedures within the MSDB database.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
Query SQL03 to verify the data

Configuring SQL Server Express edition as SQL witness server in Database Mirroring

January 20, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain how we can use the SQL Server Express edition for the SQL witness server of the database mirroring setup. Database mirroring is a cost-effective and easy to configure high availability solution. Unfortunately, this feature has been deprecated, but still, some organizations use database mirroring as a high availability solution.

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Ranga Babu
adding database to an existing failover group

Azure SQL Server auto-failover groups

July 18, 2019 by

In this article, we will review how to set up auto-failover groups in Azure SQL Server and how failover group is different from active geo-replication in Azure. Auto-failover group is an Azure SQL database feature that replicates one or a group of databases to the secondary Azure SQL server in the cross-region. We cannot have a secondary server in the same region. This feature is used to failover all the databases in the failover group in case of disaster and the failover is automatic.

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Ranga Babu
Geo-Replication

Azure SQL database Geo-Replication

July 15, 2019 by

In this article, we will review how to set up Geo-Replication on Azure SQL databases. Geo-Replication is an Azure SQL database feature that allows you to create a readable secondary database in the same region or cross-region. We can failover to the secondary database in case of an outage for a long time on the primary database server. We can also use this feature to migrate a database from one server to another server in the same or cross region with minimal downtime. Geo-replication uses the Always-on feature to replicate committed transactions to the secondary database asynchronously.

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Rajendra Gupta
Availability group validations

Applying Transaction Logs to the Secondary Replica in SQL Server Always On Availability Groups

July 12, 2019 by

Introduction

SQL Server Always On Availability Groups provides HADR solutions for the SQL databases. Here HA refers to high availability and DR refers to disaster recovery. The priority of this feature is to keep the database highly available and then provide Disaster recovery. Due to this reason, if the secondary replica goes down in a synchronous data commit mode, SQL Server changes commit mode to Asynchronous so that users can continue run the transactions and a secondary replica can be in sync later once it bought up. SQL Listener also points to the primary replica and continues redirects connection to the primary replica.

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