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  • SQL Updates Newsletter – November 2016

      This is a friendly reminder about a monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month which shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to the following: Recent Releases and Announcements Recent White Papers, E-Books, Training and ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 1, 2016
  • Source Control for SSMS

      It would be awesome if we could use source control such as TFS directly in SSMS like we can in Visual Studio but at the moment we can’t for the reasons explained by Ken Van Hyning in this blog post.  However he also explains how we can manually add some components that will give us the ability to use TFS with SSMS in the mean ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on November 25, 2016
  • SQL Nexus 5.5.0.1

      The SQL Nexus set of utilities are some of the most under utilized tools available to the SQL Server community. I used and touted the RML utility for many years to help people analyze trace information very fast and easily. Eventually XE traces were added to the list along with much more.  This blog post link will give you a pretty ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on November 20, 2016
  • SQL Server 2016 SP1 is now Available

      Some big news today in the world of SQL Server and Visual Studio announced at Connect.  One of the announcements that will spark the interest of most of the people here on this blog is that SP1 for SQL Server 2016 is available for download now.  Why is this important? Well there are a ton of changes related to what features are ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on November 16, 2016
  • New Cumulative Updates Released for SQL Server 2014

      Microsoft just announced a couple of CU’s for SQL Server 2014 that you may be interested in as shown below. Happy updating.   Cumulative update 9 for SQL Server 2014 SP1 – KB3186964   Cumulative update 2 for SQL Server 2014 SP2 – KB318878   Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on October 18, 2016
  • SQL 2016 CU2 is now Available

      Microsoft just announced that Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2016 is now available for download here. There are a number of fixes including one I have been looking forward to regarding the Query Store. See here for more details on that one. But overall it appears this is an update you should seriously consider if you are running QSL ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 22, 2016
  • SSMS release 16.4 is now available

      The newest release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is now available. The details and download link can be found here. If you haven’t already downloaded or tried the new SSMS I highly recommend getting it and giving it a whirl. With the new release cycles we will see new features and bug fixes on a regular basis. Enjoy. Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 20, 2016
  • Query Store - Forced Doesn’t Always Mean Forced

      The new Query Store feature in SQL Server 2016 is a great new addition that we have been anticipating for many years now. There are already a bunch of articles out there that explain what it is even how to go about using it so I won’t repeat that here. However there is one aspect of the feature that has been poorly documented and even a ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 18, 2016
  • SQLSentry does it Again – Plan Explorer is Completely Free

     Many of us have used the free version of Plan Explorer from SQLSentry for a long time to help tune and explore query plans in a way that SSMS can only dream of. Unlike most free tools this one still had plenty of useful features that served the community well. The Pro version did however contain a bunch of great features that many ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 8, 2016
  • The free #eBooks series #SQLServer and .NET Blog

    The series of free eBooks ''The SQL Server and .NET Blog eBook Series'' by Artemakis Artemiou (@artemakis) collects dozens of articles explaining how to solve practical problems in these areas: Database DevelopmentDatabase AdministrationPerformance Tuning Developing SQL Server (The SQL Server and .NET eBook Series)This ...
    Posted to Sergio Govoni (Weblog) by Sergio Govoni on November 16, 2015
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