Monthly Archives: February 2012

SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Extended Events

Extended Events is a general event-handling system for performance monitoring that was introduced in SQL Server 2008.  It has a highly scalable and highly configurable architecture that allows users to collect as much or as little information as is necessary to troubleshoot or identify a … Continue reading

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End-User Microsoft BI Tools – Clearing up the confusion

Given two types of underlying data sources (a data warehouse and a OLAP cube built from the data warehouse) there are many different possible presentation layers (client tools) that serve different user communities with varying usage profiles.  There is a … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Spatial Features

SQL Server 2012 introduces several significant enhancements to spatial types, such as support for new subtypes of circular arcs, new and updated methods and aggregates for all subtypes, improved precision, and updates to the geography type. More info: New Spatial … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): FileTable

FileTable is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that is built on top of SQL Server FILESTREAM technology, which allows BLOB data to be stored as individual files separate from a database’s data files.  Interactions with the FileStream files … Continue reading

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Please vote for my SQLRally session

I’m hoping to do a presentation at SQLRally in Dallas on May 10-11, but I need your help! There is a Community Vote for the remaining 20 sessions, so I would greatly appreciate it if you would go to http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2012/dallas/CommunityChoice.aspx and vote … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): PowerPivot

Version 2 of PowerPivot (download) is being made available with SQL Server 2012.  There are many new features, and my top 5 are: Diagram View – Instead of looking at the defined relationships in a list format, v2 allows you to view the … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Microsoft StreamInsight

Microsoft StreamInsight, first introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, is a way to effectively analyze large amounts of event data streaming in from multiple sources.  You can derive insights from critical information in near real-time.  StreamInsight is a platform … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): T-SQL Enhancements

SQL Server 2012 has a number of new T-SQL features.  Listed below are all of the new features, along with the best links I have found that describe each feature: WITH RESULT SETS, OFFSET AND FETCH, THROW, SEQUENCE: See New T-SQL … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Contained Databases

A problem that has plagued SQL Server for a long time is that a database is not very portable.  Sure, you can backup or detach a database and restore or attach it elsewhere, but when you do that, you are … Continue reading

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SQL Azure

SQL Azure is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that uses a special version of SQL Server as its backend.  SQL Azure helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases.  Developers do not have to install, setup, patch or manage any … Continue reading

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