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Database Beginner Tips

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Just getting started with databases? Here's a rundown of the top things that I wish I knew before I got started in the field. These facts are guaranteed to make your life easier!

Read the full article: Top Five Things Beginners Need to Know About Databases

SQL Server on Azure

Thursday April 17, 2014
SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) provides database administrators with a smooth way to transition from their existing database platform to Microsoft SQL Server. The migration assistants are able to transfer data to either a server-based SQL Server database or to Microsoft's SQL Azure cloud-based database platform.

Read the full story: SQL Server Migration Assistant

Creating SQL Server Traces

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Traces allow you to track the specific actions performed against a SQL Server databases. They provide valuable information for troubleshooting database issues and tuning database engine performance. In this tutorial, we walk through the process of creating a SQL Server Trace with SQL Server Profiler, step-by-step.

Read the full article: How to Create a Trace with SQL Server Profiler

MySQL on Windows 8

Thursday April 10, 2014
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The MySQL database server is one of the most popular open source databases in the world. Although administrators typically install MySQL on a server operating system, it's certainly possible to install it on a desktop operating system like Windows 8. Once you do so, you'll have the tremendous power of the flexible MySQL relational database available to you for free. It's an extremely useful database for both developers and system administrators. Installing MySQL on Windows 8 is an especially valuable tool for those seeking to learn database administration but lack access to a server of their own. Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of the process.

Read the full tutorial: Installing MySQL on Windows 8

Access 2013 Form Management

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Access 2013 Form

Looking for an easy way to facilitate data entry for your Microsoft Access 2013 database? Using the application's built-in form functionality may meet your needs.

Read the tutorial: Creating Forms in Access 2013

Databases on ACID

Saturday April 5, 2014
The ACID model is one of the oldest and most important concepts of database theory. It sets forward four goals that every database management system must strive to achieve: atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability. No database that fails to meet any of these four goals can be considered reliable.

Read the full article: The ACID Model

Windows Authentication on SQL Server

Friday April 4, 2014
In a recent forum message, a user wrote:

"Right now we are using SQL authentication for accessing our SQL Server database. We are planning to switch to Windows authentication.

What steps do you think I should follow?"

Can you help? Interested in answers to the same question? Visit the About Databases Forum and join the discussion!

What are Facts and Dimensions?

Thursday March 27, 2014
Facts and dimensions form the core of any business intelligence effort. These tables contain the basic data used to conduct detailed analyses and derive business value. In this article we take a look at the development and use of facts and dimensions for business intelligence.

Read more: Facts vs. Dimensions

Introduction to Data Classification

Monday March 24, 2014
Many organizations avoid the challenge of data classification because they consider it a burdensome, difficult effort. In fact, it's likely that organizations without actively used data classification policies have tried implementing such a policy in the past and failed, never to try again. In this article, I offer you some practical advice for getting a data classification effort off the ground and applying it to your sensitive information. Read the full article: Data Classification Simplified

Running MySQL on Windows 8

Thursday March 20, 2014
The MySQL database server is one of the most popular open source databases in the world. Although administrators typically install MySQL on a server operating system, it's certainly possible to install it on a desktop operating system like Windows 8. Once you do so, you'll have the tremendous power of the flexible MySQL relational database available to you for free. It's an extremely useful database for both developers and system administrators. Installing MySQL on Windows 8 is an especially valuable tool for those seeking to learn database administration but lack access to a server of their own. Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of the process.

Read the full tutorial: Installing MySQL on Windows 8

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