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Bellingham SQL Server Users Group – Building a Static Data Warehouse Server

Please help spread the word to anyone who may want to attend this free users group meeting and presentation. The November meeting of the Bellingham SQL Server Users Group (PASS Chapter) will be held on Wednesday November 18th at 6:00pm.

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Epic Life Goal Completed: Speaking at PASS Summit – Advanced CTEs

Last week I had the great opportunity to speak at PASS Summit 2015. My presentation was on Common Table Expressions.   Here is the sample code from the presentation.   Related Links: Common Table Expression (CTE) Month at (introduction)

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Advanced Common Table Expressions and Recursive Query Technique

Friday morning at 8:00am at PASS Summit 15 in Seattle, I will be presenting my Advanced Common Table Expressions and Recursive Query Technique session. Advanced Common Table Expressions Here is the abstract: You might have been introduced to Common Table Expressions

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Transactions Rolled Back in Database

IF you are browsing your error log and come across an error message stating that “1 transactions rolled forward in database ‘msdb’”, or “X transactions rolled back in database ‘msdb’” you might be a bit alarmed. You might also notice

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Here is a discovery that I made using the Database Health Monitor historic wait monitoring, on a server with slow storage where the backups were being written. If you are seeing excessive waits on the PREEMPTIVE_OS_GETPROCADDRESS wait type and xp_create_subdir is

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Using SQL Server Compressed Backups

The Quick Scan report in Database Health Monitor detects when you are performing SQL Server backups without compression, when the compression option is available. This applies to Full backups, Transaction log backups and Differential backups. Not using compressed backups? Why not?

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Free SQL Server Training Videos

Over the last year, I have published many videos to YouTube with Free SQL Server Training. You can find these on my YouTube Channel at the following link:   Most of the focus has been around training people for

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Max Server Memory – SQL Server

Max Server Memory Setting Explained If you have more memory than your database and applications on the SQL Server will ever use than this is not a problem, but when you run into memory constraints this setting is much more

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SQL Server – Dedicated Admin Connection (remote DAC)

In SQL Server there is a special connection that can be used to connect to the database, the remote Dedicated Admin Connection or (DAC). This is a special connection that allows the administrator to connect to the SQL Server even

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SQL Saturday – When corruption strikes – downloads

Here are the slides for my presentation at SQL Saturday, at Las Vegas today. Download the presentation here CorruptionPresentation.pdf    

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SQL Server Performance Tuning

Need help with SQL Server Performance Tuning, contact Steve at Stedman Solutions, LLC for help, or take a look at the performance tuning page at the blog. We can help with tuning a single query or with figuring out why your SQL Server is running slow. Free 30 minute consultation.

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