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Top 5 new features in SQL Server 2012 for developers

Introduction:

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 introduces many features that help database administrators, database developers, and BI developers.

In this article, I will cover some of the new features for database developers in these main points:

  • Database Engine Improvements
  • Improvements to SQL Server Management Studio Debugging
  • Changes to the Scope of Objects
  • Conclusion
  • References

Database Engine Improvements:

  1. File Tables:When we open up SQL Server Management Studio, one of the first changes we notice for SQL Server 2012 is the addition of a new type of table called a File Table.

    File table allows us to make a connection between windows share and a database table such that any file that appears in the share will become a row item in the table.

    It allows us to run queries that tell us how many files we have in that shared location, what type of files, what size the files are, etc….

    Setting this up is a multiple step process:

    • Enable file stream: is The first step we have to do at the instance level.We will do that with the configuration manager tool, open properties of the instance we are interested in, and there is a tab for file stream, in there we should click on all of the checkboxes(enabling all features) as below

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in New Feature

 

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WordPress Annual Report to my SQL Server Community

I completed 4 Years as SQL Server blogger with my small Community SQL Server Consultation Community (http://mostafaelmasry.com)

I started it from 2012 and I will not stop sharing the information ad the new Technology in SQL Server

You can check the WordPress annual Report for the last 4 years from here

 

WordPress Annual Report to my SQL Server Community

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in General topics

 

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Cumulative update package 9 for SQL Server 2012 SP2 is available now

HI Followers Microsoft Announced about new cumulative update for SQL Server 2012 SP2 (Cumulative update package 9) and it come to fix around 13 Point in SQL Server (Master Data Services , Reporting Services , High Availability , SQL security , SQL service )

the most interested fixed for me is :

5285719 321185 This update introduces a new global property that exposes the latest CU number that is currently installed on the SQL Server. After you install this update, you can obtain the CU number information by executing either of the following queries:

SELECT @@VERSIONSELECT SERVERPROPERTY(‘PRODUCTUPDATELEVEL’)Additionally, this update also adds the CU number information to the first line of the SQL Server error log.

5646993 3097636 FIX: Performance decrease when an application that has connection pooling frequently connects or disconnects in SQL Server
5699533 3051145 FIX: SQL Server may shut down when you use Service Broker in SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014
4272469 2682488 FIX: Backup operation fails in a SQL Server database after you enable change tracking

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in General topics, New Feature

 

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Cannot add new node in SQL Server 2014

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Hi my followers today i have task to build two new SQL Server Clusters when i am working i go to for adding new Node at this time i revived very new issue for me Rule “SQL Server Database Services feature state” failed

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Rule Check Result
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Rule “SQL Server Database Services feature state” failed. The SQL Server Database Services feature failed when it was initially installed. The feature must be removed before the current scenario can proceed.
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OK
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This error meaning When you are adding the first node the cluster installed with some issues and this relay what is happened with me when i installed the First node i faced some issues so based on that adding second node is blocked

How i can fix this issue :

  • To fix this issue at the first you should check the Cluster error log in the first node and try to do prepare for this node

If this step not success with you to fix this issue you can try the second solution :

  1. Go for the Run
  2. Write Regedit
  3. Go for this path (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQLServer\MSSQL12.MSSQLSERVER2014\ConfigurationState )
  4. Check all the value for all the Component if you found the value is 2 this meaning you have failures in this Component change it to 1

Component name :

MPT_AGENT_CORE_CNI, SQL_Engine_Core_Inst, SQL_FullText_Adv, SQL_Replication_Core_Inst

Note : to find the correct place in the registry you  after this path (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQLServer\) we have to know Our SQL Server Version and SQL Server instance name

  • SQL Server 2008     : MSSQL10.      (InstanceName)
  • SQL Server 2008R2 : MSSQL10_50. (InstanceName)
  • SQL Server 2012     : MSSQL11 .     (InstanceName)
  • SQL Server 2014     : MSSQL12.      (InstanceName)

I hope the issue and How to fix the issue is clear

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Errors

 

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Next SQL Gulf event “SQL Gulf #2 “ at Microsoft Dubai

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SQL Gulf Community reveals about its upcoming SQL Gulf event “SQL Gulf #2” at Microsoft Dubai on 5/9/2015, It is the first SQL Server event ever in the Middle East to talk about SQL Server 2016 ..!
SQL Gulf #1 was at Saudi Arabia, Riyadh on 30/8/2014 , indeed it was extremely successful one that is why we are so excited to spread the word everywhere in the Gulf through many SQL Gulf events at all Gulf cities ,interestingly said that the top notch SQL Server experts and most ever popular speakers are coming from US, UK ..etc are coming to speak to you  at SQL Gulf #2 like Kevin Kline from US and Satya Shyam K Jayanty from UK ..etc  and more importantly to know it is the first SQL Server event in the Middle East ever to talk about SQL Server 2016…

Register here to reserve your seat ASAP, seats are limited , here below is the event program:

Session Abstracts:

1-FIRE! A Fullproof Checklist for Tuning and Troubleshooting

Session Abstract: Learning how to detect, diagnose and resolve performance problems in SQL Server is tough.  Often, years are spent learning how to use the tools and techniques that help you detect when a problem is occurring, diagnose the root-cause of the problem, and then resolve the problem.
In this session, attendees will see demonstrations of the tools and techniques which make difficult troubleshooting scenarios much faster and easier, including:
•             XEvents, Profiler/Traces, and PerfMon
•             Using Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)
•             Advanced Diagnostics Using Wait Stats
•             Reading SQL Server execution plan

Every DBA needs to know how to keep their SQL Server in tip-top condition, and you’ll need skills the covered in this session to do it.
Prerequisites: Intermediate database administration and development skills, especially competence with SSMS.
Goal 1: Learn the “sieve” method of troubleshooting and problem solving, and how to make SQL Server alert you when problems arise.
Goal 2: Discover how to use wait stat analysis, as well as correlate performance information from other sources inside of SQL Server including DMVs, performance counters, and Xevent/trace information.
Goal 3: Learn how to use the most important native tools within SQL Server through live demos to successfully conduct troubleshooting and performance tuning.

Summary: Microsoft ships a multitude of tools to help detect, diagnose and resolve problems inside of SQL Server. But which is best to use and when? This session teaches attendees how to tackle the troubleshooting process to achieve repeated, optimal results.

2-What do I need to know about Data Platform Upgrade best practices & techniques

Data Platform Upgrade topic has been a popular session that I’ve presented in major conferences like Microsoft Tech-Ed (North America, Europe & India), SQLPASS, SQLSaturdays and SQLbits since the year 2008.

In this session, we will overview in depth end-to-end upgrade process that covers the essential phases, steps and issues involved in upgrading SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008 R2 & SQL Server 2012/2014 (with a good overview on 2016 too) by using best practices and available resources.
We will cover the complete upgrade cycle, including the preparation tasks, upgrade tasks, and post-upgrade tasks. Real-world examples from my Consulting experience expanding on why & how such a solution will work in critical situations.

3-Performance Dreams started at SQL Server 2014 and come true now at SQL Server 2016

“Performance Dreams started at SQL Server 2014 and come true now at SQL Server 2016”
, it is just like this because you Microsoft launched live SQL Server 2014 with unbelievable performance reads and substantial improvement that you cannot give up them , come in here to my session and you will know more about many new features and rich powers of SQL Server 2014 regarding performance particularly like  Microsoft project “Hekaton” for In-memory built in for OLTP , CCI( columnstore index) ,Resource Governor for IO consumption ,  lock priority management  and also Single partition online index rebuild technologies ,you will get much hands-on experience  for all definitions , architecture design , values and benefits ,caveats  and recommendations related to each one of them so that you can drive a conscious decision for upgrading your DBs to SQL Server 2014 but keep in mind that are some limitations for those features that should be considered largely before  production deployments …If not ,don’t be upset as it Is still not the end of way coz Microsoft had really rolled out SQL Server 2016 which could address successfully many of those limitations and indeed SQL Server 2014 performance dreams come true at SQL Server 2016, I will speak there simply to help those who didn’t breath SQL Server for the last little while

4-SQL Server Internals and Architecture

Session Abstract: Let’s face it.  You can effectively do many IT jobs related to SQL Server without knowing the internals of how SQL Server works.  Many great developers, DBAs, and designers get their day-to-day work completed on time and with reasonable quality while never really knowing what’s happening behind the scenes.  But if you want to take your skills to the next level, it’s critical to know SQL Server’s internal processes and architecture.  This session will answer questions like:

–       What are the various areas of memory inside of SQL Server?
–       How are queries handled behind the scenes?
–       What does SQL Server do with procedural code, like functions, procedures, and triggers?
–       What happens during checkpoints?  Lazywrites?
–       How are IOs handled with regards to transaction logs and database?
–       What happens when transaction logs and databases grow or shrinks?

This fast paced session will take you through many aspects of the internal operations of SQL Server and, for those topics we don’t cover, will point you to resources where you can get more information.  So strap on your silly, as we cover all these topics and more at speed with tongue planted firmly in cheek!

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of SQL Server operations and activities – such as transactions, queries, and preventative maintenance tasks like backup and recovery.

Goal 1: Learn about the major components within the SQL Server architecture, starting with the relational engine and storage engine, working down to greater and greater detail.
Goal 2: See what happens inside the SQL Server query optimizer and how the query optimizer affects transaction execution time, both read-only and read-write transactions
Goal 3: Review the major operational processes inside of SQL Server that affect memory management and IO activity.

5-Power BI deployment best practices to deliver data analytics to the business

How to deploy Power BI, how to implement configuration parameters and package BI features as a part of Office 365 roll out in your organisation.

Having said that, cloud computing is another aspect of this technology made is possible to get data within few clicks and ticks to the end-user. Let us review how to manage & connect on-premise data to cloud capabilities that can offer full advantage of data catalogue capabilities by keeping data secure as per Information Governance standards. Not just with nuts and bolts, performance is another aspect that every Admin is keeping up, let us look into few settings on how to maximize performance to optimize access to data as required.

Gain understanding and insight into number of tools that are available for your Business Intelligence needs.

There will be a showcase of events to demonstrate where to begin and how to proceed in BI world.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Event

 

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SQL Server 2014 Health check DMV queries Day 7

 Hi guys in the Previous post i explained three DMV related to SQL Server cluster and  AlwaysOn AG, Get information about your OS cluster , Cluster Node Properties and Failover Cluster Node with AlwaysOn AG put today in DAY 7 i will show new DMV in our track Instance Level configuration .

DMV#17 Instance Configuration Properties

now we can know easily all the instance configuration properties like (backup compression, Ad Hoc Distributed Queries,affinity I/O mask,max server memory (MB) and max degree of parallelism…etc

SELECT name, value, value_in_use, minimum, maximum, [description], is_dynamic, is_advanced
FROM sys.configurations WITH (NOLOCK)
ORDER BY name OPTION (RECOMPILE);

DMV#17

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in SQL Server 2014

 

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SQL Server 2014 Health check DMV queries Day 4

Hi guys in the Previous post i explained How we can get the Global Trace Flag Information ,  Getting Information About Windows and How to return SQL Server Services Information  put today in DAY 4 i will show new DMV in our track Instance Level configuration 

DMV#9 SQL Server NUMA Info

by the below DMV we can return more helpful information related to SQL Server NUMA info and it will return also the Node status , and load balance .


SELECT node_id, node_state_desc, memory_node_id, processor_group, online_scheduler_count,
 active_worker_count, avg_load_balance, resource_monitor_state
FROM sys.dm_os_nodes WITH (NOLOCK)
WHERE node_state_desc <> N'ONLINE DAC' OPTION (RECOMPILE);


DMV#9

DMV#10 Getting Hardware Information

very fantastic DMV and very helpful by the below T-SQL we can return lot of information about Hardware like Logical CPU count , Physical Memory , Physical CPU count , SQL Start time …ETC

virtual_machine_type_desc of HYPERVISOR does not automatically mean you are running SQL Server inside of a VM
It merely indicates that you have a hypervisor running on your host

SELECT cpu_count AS [Logical CPU Count], scheduler_count, hyperthread_ratio AS [Hyperthread Ratio],
cpu_count/hyperthread_ratio AS [Physical CPU Count],
physical_memory_kb/1024 AS [Physical Memory (MB)], committed_kb/1024 AS [Committed Memory (MB)],
committed_target_kb/1024 AS [Committed Target Memory (MB)],
max_workers_count AS [Max Workers Count], affinity_type_desc AS [Affinity Type],
sqlserver_start_time AS [SQL Server Start Time], virtual_machine_type_desc AS [Virtual Machine Type]
FROM sys.dm_os_sys_info WITH (NOLOCK) OPTION (RECOMPILE);

DMV#10

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in SQL Server 2014

 

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