Aveek Das
Power BI Report created

An overview of Power BI Incremental Refresh

December 6, 2021 by

In this article, we are going to talk about Power BI Incremental Refresh. Power BI is the cloud-based business intelligence tool developed by Microsoft. Using Power BI, users can create various kinds of modern reports and dashboards that provide insights and information of their data in a meaningful way. Power BI is a strong and independent BI tool that is available for both Windows desktop and also the cloud. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of Power BI Incremental Refresh, we will leverage Power BI Desktop to develop and author the data model and then publish it to the Power BI cloud where it will be refreshed incrementally.

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Nisarg Upadhyay
General Page in New Linked Server

Configure a Linked Server between SQL Server and PostgreSQL using ODBC drivers

December 6, 2021 by

This article explains configuring a linked server between SQL Server 2019 and PostgreSQL. In my previous article named Configure ODBC drivers for PostgreSQL, we got introduced to the ODBC driver of PostgreSQL. We also learned how we could download, install, and configure it. In this article, we will explore how we can utilize the ODBC driver to access the data of the PostgreSQL from SQL Server 2019.

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Manvendra Singh
Use case with GROUP BY statement

Understanding the SQL MIN statement and its use cases

December 3, 2021 by

Today, I will explain an overview of the SQL MIN () function along with its several use cases in this article. This function is categorized under aggregate functions in SQL Server. Aggregate functions perform a calculation on a set of values from a specified expression and return a single value in their output. Aggregate functions return the same value every time you execute them unless your source data is changed.

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Rajendra Gupta
Azure logical server

BCP for import and export data in Azure SQL Database

December 1, 2021 by

The Bulk Copy Program (BCP) utility can move bulk data between SQL Server instances. You can export SQL Server data into BCP files. You can also use them for moving data from on-premises SQL Server instances to Azure SQL Database. The BCP files do not contain schema or the format information of your data. Therefore, you cannot use it as a database migration tool. However, it is adequate to import or export many rows. However, you need to create the table or use a format file to import data into a table.

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Manvendra Singh
Restore Azure SQL database

How to restore an Azure SQL Database

November 30, 2021 by

I will explain how to restore an Azure SQL database in case you need to recover some data, or somebody has deleted your database in this article. Databases restore is the common activity a DBA performs in his day-to-day activities to meet various business requirements. We should also perform regular restores to ensure our backups are healthy and restorable in case of any emergency. Here, I will create an Azure SQL database named TestDB along with a table Employee inside this database and then recover them by restoring its automatic backups.

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Aveek Das
Extracting date parts from the timezone - date and time

Working with Date and Time Functions in PostgreSQL

November 26, 2021 by

Working with Date and Time calculations is an integral part of any Data Analytics solution. Be it financial data or any data related to sales, dates always play a pivotal role in analyzing the trends and hence draw a pattern out from them. Some of the most commonly used KPIs that involve date and time calculations are monthly sales, quarterly web traffic, year-over-year growth etc. These KPIs help businesses understand and gauge their performance and also aids in making decisions necessary for their development. In this article, we are going to explore some of the important Date and Time functions that can be used in PostgreSQL and how they can be implemented henceforth.

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Daniel Calbimonte
Exploring a SQL log with a SQL Server logs reading tool

Go LSN in SQL Server

November 25, 2021 by

Introduction

If you are reading this article is because you read about the SQL Server transaction log and you want to go to the LSN to restore information. This article will explain what is the LSN and show some tables, views, and system functions used to retrieve LSN information. We will also learn how to restore information using the Transaction Log information. We will also find out if there is a Go LSN command. So, if you want to learn more about the transaction log and want to recover some information using the logs, you are in the right place.

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Manvendra Singh
SQL Database

Managing Retention period of Azure SQL Database Backup

November 24, 2021 by

Azure SQL Database is a fully managed SQL Server database engine based on the latest stable version of SQL Server enterprise edition. This is Database as a Service offering under the PaaS model in the Azure cloud. It offers in-built high availability capability and reduces the manageability efforts by automating administration activities like backups, patching, etc. Backups are managed automatically by Azure for all PaaS database deployments. This article will explain one of the configuration item retention periods of Azure SQL database backups.

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Aveek Das
The relationships in the Power BI Data Model - DAX Functions

Understanding Summarization and Aggregation in DAX Functions

November 23, 2021 by

In this article, we are going to learn about the various DAX functions that are available for the summarization and aggregation of data. DAX, abbreviated as Data Analysis Expressions, is developed by Microsoft as a scripting language to interact with the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack, such as Power BI, SSAS Tabular, Power Pivot, etc. If you have prior experience working with Microsoft Excel, learning DAX Functions will not be too much of a hassle for you. One of the most popular tools in the BI market that uses DAX Functions is Power BI. Power BI can be used without using DAX, however, using DAX Functions in Power BI helps us to build powerful data models which also helps in performance optimization.

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Daniel Calbimonte

SQL commands in SQL Server

November 22, 2021 by

Introduction

If you are here, it means that you want to learn the SQL commands. This article applies to SQL Server especially, but most of the theory is similar to Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and other databases. The SQL commands are instructions that we send to the database to get information, manipulate the information or create objects, modify them, and handle the access to the information.

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Manvendra Singh
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Understanding Backups for Azure SQL Database

November 18, 2021 by

Azure SQL database is Database as a Service offering under the PaaS model in the Azure cloud. It is a fully managed SQL Server database engine that uses the latest stable version of SQL Server enterprise edition. This database service offers rich functionalities to increase the availability with the help of in-built high availability capability and reduce the manageability efforts by using easy and smooth deployments, automatic backup, and patching, etc. We generally use this deployment for modern cloud-compatible applications or if we want to leverage hyperscale or serverless options. This article will explain Azure SQL database backups to help you understand how backups work for these databases in the background and how can we use them for our data protection and recovery requirements.

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