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Managing the Report Content Using Report Manager : Subscriptions

In last article Managing the Report Content Using Report Manager: Caching we looked at caching and maintaining the history of the SSRS report. In this article we will be focusing on subscriptions. Reporting services comes with two methods of subscriptions: Windows File Share : Using this method you can place your report in the shared […]

Enhanced Features in Database Restore in SQL Server 2012

Point of time Recovery In a typical production environment, in order to recover data in the even of disaster, most DBAs will schedule a robust backup plan. Since scheduling a full back-up during peak times will have an impact on database performance, most DBAs will have combination of full, differential and log backup in the […]

Entity Framework Gotchas

Entity Framework is fast becoming the default data access method for small to medium sized apps in .NET. Whilst it offers a lot of benefits in terms of productivity and security, working with EF is often very different from working with the standard ADO.NET data-access objects and poses several common issues or ‘gotchas’: Using Different […]

Who is the SQL Server Guest User ?

Have you noticed the ‘guest’ user in all of your databases? Who The Guest User? When you login to the SQL Server, it first verifies you for authentication on the server. If it succeeds, SQL Server checks whether your login is associated or mapped with a database user in the database that the login is […]

Moving To Agile Database Development – Part I

Agile Database development? What’s that? Why would I need that? These were questions I had myself until until recently when I tried it. Several couple of weeks ago, we successfully finished our first sprint and my intention is to pass on this experience and hopefully provoke some reaction from readers. I would love to hear […]

New SSIS Features in SQL Server 2012

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) has under-gone through some significant changes in SQL Server 2012 which I will outline in this article. Connection Managers Now you have project-based connection managers which mean those connection will be available for all the packages that you are creating. This avoids recreating frequently used connections for every package.  Those […]

Contained Databases in SQL Server 2012

Contained Databases have been an oft requested feature which has finally arrived in SQL Server 2012. In prior SQL Server versions, database were not 100% portable. In case you need to move a database from one server to another using backup and restore, the data in the database will of course be preserved. However, to […]

Managing the Report Content Using Report Manager: Caching

Introduction In the Managing the Report Content Using Report Manager: Part I we saw how  to go about setting the security for the Report Manager report items. In this article we will be focusing on caching SSRS reports. Caching Caching is when a copy of the processed report after the execution is saved into into […]

Common Table Expressions (CTE) for SQL Server Developers

What is A CTE? A CTE is a temporary view that exists only in the scope of running query. A CTE is similar to a view but a CTE is embedded into the query. CTEs can be used in Stored Procedures, User Define Functions (UDFs), Triggers and Views but not in Indexed Views. Below is […]

New T-SQL Features in SQL Server 2012

Paging Data Paging is a big issue for developers as it is required for many applications but entails many performance problems.  Developers have used different workarounds to support paging. For example, assume we need to display several pages of the HumanResource.Employee object with 5 rows per page. Below is the query you need to execute […]
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