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Real-time Operational Analytics in SQL Server 2016 - Part 2 09/19/2016

Arshad Ali discusses the different design considerations for leveraging the Real-time Operational Analytics feature of SQL Server 2016, covering the different scenarios where it fits or does not fit, and how to get started with it for disk based tables.

Azure SQL Database - Azure AD Authentication 09/06/2016

One of the challenges when considering migrating your on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database is its lack of support for Active Directory-integrated authentication. With the advent of Azure SQL Database V12, the authentication capabilities have been expanded, allowing for more flexibility that leverages Azure Active Directory. In this article, we will provide an overview of this functionality.

Managing SQL Server Backup and Restore History Information 09/01/2016

SQL Server provides a couple of different ways to delete backup and restore history.  If you want to remove backup and restore information for all databases based on a date you can use the sp_delete_backuphistory system stored procedure.  Or you can use the system stored procedure named sp_delete_database_backuphistory if you want to remove all backup and restore history for a specific database.



Hybrid Histograms in Oracle 12c 09/26/2016

The right statistics and histograms can provide improved performance for queries and reports.  Read on to find out about Oracle’s new Hybrid histogram.

The Oracle Bug That Could Bite You Has No Teeth 09/12/2016

In a previous article Oracle declared bug 24390197 shouldn’t be; it’s the normal behavior for locally managed tablespaces with system-managed extents. Read on to see the details.

This Oracle Bug Could Bite You 08/29/2016

In Oracle creating a table may fail even though space is available.  Read on to see the conditions that can make this happen.


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Automating Data Warehouse Support 09/15/2016

As budgets tighten, how can database administrators keep up with the rapidly-changing new technology environment? The solution: automation. In this article we discuss various ways to automate common processes and relieve the infrastructure staff from repetitive tasks, so that then can concentrate on more urgent priorities.

DB2 Data Warehouse Capacity Planning 08/15/2016

Early data warehouse implementations began as collections of financial and customer data that accumulated over time. Modern warehouses have evolved into complex and elegant enterprise analytics platforms, hosting a broad collection of multiple data types, queried by advanced business intelligence software. As the warehouse environment becomes more valuable, capacity planning becomes critical. In this article we present several strategies for managing data warehouse capacity planning and performance tuning.

Is Your DB2 Subsystem Healthy? 07/18/2016

Lockwood Lyon presents simple SQL statements that the database administrator (DBA) can execute against the DB2 catalog to determine if your DB2 subsystem suffers from common maladies, and what the DBA can do to fix or mitigate potential problems.


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