Introduction to SequencesSequence is a new object that was introduced in SQL Server 2012 for a key-generating mechanism. It has been made available across all editions of SQL Server 2012. It was added as an alternative to IDENTITY columns feature that has been prevalent in the previous versions of SQL Server. Despite being newly introduced in SQL Server 2012, sequences have long been prevalent in other database platforms such as Oracle and IBM’s DB2. Thus, the data migration into SQL Server 2012 from other database platforms is now more convenient and simplified.
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What a load of Bl…You may be wondering what Business Intelligence is. If you’re reading this article you probably have prior experience with Microsoft SQL Server or at least one other relational database management system (RDBMS). If this is the case you’re probably used to managing a lot of valuable data. If you’re a DBA you may be used to maximizing performance by rewriting stored procedures, creating indexes or running profiling traces.
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Defining SQL Server backup and restoreThe SQL Server backup and restore technique involves steps for creating backups, restoring databases, and saving a valid backup copy in a different location. It is a built in SQL Server feature, useful for disaster recovery plans. Read more »
What is a database table partitioning?
Partitioning is the database process where very large tables are divided into multiple smaller parts. By splitting a large table into smaller, individual tables, queries that access only a fraction of the data can run faster because there is less data to scan. The main of goal of partitioning is to aid in maintenance of large tables and to reduce the overall response time to read and load data for particular SQL operations.Read more »
In the previous parts of this series, we explained what SQL Server query execution plans were, why they should be used, and presented various methods to show them. In this part, we will explain the symbols used, how to read the plans, and how to use these plans in performance analysis and troubleshootingRead more »