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Understanding NoSQL

A quick and basic understanding of what NoSQL is.

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Installing SQL Server on a Domain Controller: What You need to know

SQL Server can often be a very high strung application that has many requirements and best practices to follow.  Sometimes hosting several services on one server is necessary with smaller or very lean organizations.  Today, we look at the information you need to be aware of when concurrently running SQL Server on a Domain Controller.

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Creating Logins and Users in SQL Server

In order for any application to work, Logins are needed to authenticate to the application and Users need to interact and be allowed access to the application.  SQL Server is no different.  This article will teach you how to create Logins and Users for SQL Server on a relatively high level to begin your understanding of how SQL Server authentication and access is allowed.

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Index Structures in SQL Server

It’s no secret that indexes are a fundamental tool for great database performance.  Generally, more indexes can be used, the better your database performance will be.  In order to use those indexes correctly though, let's take a look at how index are structured to get a better understanding of their utility.

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SQL Server Backups (High Level Overview)

Backing up data in your environment is a no-brainer but HOW to back up your data requires some high level understanding of what backup types are available and how those backups are managed.

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“Concurrency” (ha no, not our company!) and Locks in SQL Server

SQL Server needs to be able to manage data with many different transactions happening that are reading, updating, inserting, and deleting.  Whenever SQL looks at data, it needs to put a lock on the record or object to maintain data integrity and allow stable “concurrency” while the database is being used.  There are several different locks that can be put on several fundamental different objects within SQL Server.  Let’s look at them.

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Create a Table Partition in SQL Server 2012

Partitioning a SQL Table is a great way to organize your data for faster data retrieval.  Partitions do exactly that, break down the Table into organized pieces based on criteria from your columns.

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