Tag: Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft Analytics Platform System: Name Overhaul in Big Data War!

I had the chance to attend a course about what used to be called Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). PDW was introduced few years ago with the offering of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse , something very few people…

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Why is Affinity Mask Negative in sp_configure?

While looking at a SQL server health report, I found affinity mask parameter in sp_configure output showing a negative value. name                                minimum     maximum     config_value run_value ———————————– ———– ———– ———— ———– affinity mask                       -2147483648 2147483647  -1066394617  -1066394617 Affinity mask is a…

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COLLABORATE minus 3

Musings about COLLABORATE, the 9th version of which is happening in Las Vegas USA from April 7-11 2014.

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Tips on TempDB

Are you curious about TempDB? Allow me to help make your understanding of the subject permanent. TempDB is an interesting system database that doesn’t behave quite like the others. It’s kind of like a quirky friend that you’ve come to…

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Nothing to Blog About? Think Again!

Suggestions about how to proceed if you are just getting started with blogging or searching for topics to blog about.

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SQL Server Integrity Check – A Necessary Routine

Today I’ll be discussing Integrity Check on SQL Server – we have some very good info in the community, but I’d like to summarize my thoughts here. When a DBA talks about Integrity Check, the conversation is usually redirected to…

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SQL Server Statistics: Maintenance and Best Practices

What are Statistics? There are multiple paths a database can use to answer a query, some of them being faster and more efficient than others. It is the job of the query optimizer to evaluate and choose the best path,…

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Untold Secrets of SQL Server: What if?

It’s common practice for IT vendors to keep some of the commands and statements for their own use, and to avoid publishing or documenting these tools for two reasons: Some of these commands are unsafe for production environments and should…

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Merge Replication Identity Range Management – An Identity Disorder? Part 2

part 2 explores how transactions and batches can affect Merge replication identity range management. It shows a case where batch insert inside a transaction caused applications to fail and provides a resolution to the case.

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SQL Server versions – Should you upgrade to the next release?

Today there are five versions of SQL Servers serving at the hearts of business enterprises, and the sixth is coming soon. Current SQL Server versions are 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012 and the upcoming version SQL Server 2014. The question…

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