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Oracle's Bulk Collect and Limit Can Be A Problem 12/14/2017

Using Bulk Collect with the Limit clause may not process all of the data in the result set.  Read on to see why and how the problem can be avoided.

Manage your Cloud MySQL Instance from Anywhere 12/11/2017

Modern smartphones and other mobile devices have ushered in a new work paradigm where the office is where ever you are. The benefits of having 24/7 remote access to databases via mobile apps cannot be overstated. In today's article, we'll explore SQLPro for MySQL’s many features and get a feel for how it can help manage your publicly available and cloud databases from wherever you happen to be.

Implementing Azure SQL Database Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Rules 12/07/2017

In previous articles, we’ve described the main characteristics of two new features known as Virtual Network service endpoints and Azure SQL Database virtual network rules. In this article, we focus on the details of implementing this functionality.

How to Turn on Instant File Initialization 12/04/2017

Not having instant file initialization turned on slows down the process of adding pages to your database, because prior to allocating the data pages to your database, SQL Server needs to zero out the newly allocated pages. Read on to learn more...

Quickly Restricting Database Access 12/04/2017

There may be times when you need to perform maintenance against a database that requires you to keep normal database users from connecting to your database while the maintenance is being performed.  You want to stop users from connecting right away, but you want the database to be in a state that you can perform maintenance.  Read on to learn how.

Understanding Migration from SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 using Data Migration Assistant 11/27/2017

You can use the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) tool to migrate your SQL Server instance to an on-premise SQL Server 2017 or to Azure SQL Database. DMA analyzes data migration issues and provides recommendations to resolve them. Read on learn about the features of DMA and how DMA eases your SQL Server instance migration as well as reduces overall risks, allowing you to complete the migration successfully.

Monitoring Oracle's Temp Usage 11/20/2017

It may be necessary to monitor the usage and storage of the TEMP tablespace.  Read on to see how to implement a monitoring strategy that makes sense.

IBM Db2 for z/OS: Version 12 New Features 11/16/2017

Version 12 of IBM's Db2 for z/OS (Db2 12 for z/OS) contains many new features and functions for DBAs and application developers. This latest Db2 version emphasizes performance enhancements across a wide variety of areas, including enhanced on-line transaction performance, improved efficiency for analytical query access paths, removal of some size limitations and exploitation of operating system and storage hardware characteristics.

Oracle Upgrades to 12.2.0.1 11/13/2017

Upgrades to the newest Oracle release can create problems depending upon the database configuration.  Read on to see what types of issues can arise and how to address them.

Configuring a MySQL Database on Amazon RDS 11/09/2017

Although concerns about ownership and security persist, many companies have embraced cloud services and are reaping substantial financial rewards as a result. Rob Gravelle describes the different cloud database categories, and shows us how to configure an Amazon RDS MySQL database.

Database Tips

How to Turn on Instant File Initialization 12/04/2017

Not having instant file initialization turned on slows down the process of adding pages to your database, because prior to allocating the data pages to your database, SQL Server needs to zero out the newly allocated pages. Read on to learn more...

Quickly Restricting Database Access 12/04/2017

There may be times when you need to perform maintenance against a database that requires you to keep normal database users from connecting to your database while the maintenance is being performed.  You want to stop users from connecting right away, but you want the database to be in a state that you can perform maintenance.  Read on to learn how.

How Much Data Has Changed Since Your Last Full Backup 11/02/2017

Have you ever wanted to know how many pages in your database have changed since the last full backup? If so, then you will be glad to hear that the SQL Server 2017 version of the DMV, sys.dm_db_file_spavce_usage, has a new column named modified_extent_page_count, which shows the number of pages that have changed since the last full backup.

What to Do When You Get a “Cache is Out of Date” Error Message 11/02/2017

Learn how to fix the “cache is out of date” error message when SQL Server Management Studio starts up.

Purging Old Database Mail Items 08/03/2017

Are you purging the old database mail items stored in msdb?  In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to purge database mail.

What Mail Items Have Been Sent With Database Mail 08/03/2017

Have you ever wondered how much database mail you have sent in the past day or week? What about those database mail items that were not successfully sent. In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to review the database mail items that have been processed by SQL Server.

How to Find Out Which Database Object Got Deleted 07/03/2017

Greg Larsen shows you how to use the Transaction ID value to identify the object_id for a deleted table.

How to Read a Transaction Log Backup 07/03/2017

The transaction log backup is stored in SQL Server proprietary format, just like the transaction log itself. Even though the transaction log backup is in a special format, Microsoft has provided us with the fn_dump_dblog() function to read transaction log backups. This function is undocumented, so you should use care when using this function in a production environment.

How to Generate a Restore Script 06/01/2017

There are multiple ways to accomplish a database restore. But if you wanted to restore a database from a script how might you accomplish that task quickly and accurately?

How to Read the Transaction Log File 06/01/2017

Have you ever wanted to be able to see the actual transactions that are contained in the transaction log file? Greg Larsen shows you how to browse the transaction log using an undocumented function.







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