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Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Technology Stuff. Enjoy….
SQL Server Links
- Filegroups and Non-Clustered Indexes - Demonstrating why your non-clustered indexes might not be stored where you think, it’s Rob Farley (Blog|Twitter).
- Databases Five Years from Today - Predicting your future this week from Brent Ozar (Blog|Twitter). Are you on the right path?
- A TOP Query - An excellent and insightful T-SQL walk-through from Rob Farley (Blog|Twitter), looking at query optimization considerations around the use of the TOP operator filtered with a function.
- Log Shipping Part 2: When Disaster Strikes (video) - Part 2 of this excellent video series looking at Log Shipping, from Jes Borland (Blog|Twitter).
- Administering Sql Server 2012 Running On Windows Server Core - Don’t be a wuss! Thomas Larock (Blog|Twitter) on why you need to quit being afraid and start getting to grips with Windows Server Core.
- Moving A Database to New Storage With No Downtime - A fantastic, well written post from Bob Pusateri (Blog|Twitter) and part of this months T-SQL Tuesday theme.
- Query Optimization Research Papers - A valuable collection of references and good reading from Benjamin Nevarez (Blog|Twitter).
- So You Think You’re a SQL MCM. Test yourself Part 1 - So you fancy your chances as a SQL Server MCM? Bob Duffy (Blog|Twitter) provides this litmus test.
- SQL Server Table Designer Bug with Filtered Unique Index - Adrian Hills (Blog|Twitter) uncovers a bug when working with the SSMS Table Designer. If this presents a problem for you too then be sure to vote for the Connect item.
- Creating a Clustered DTC for SQL Server Redux - Allan Hirt (Blog|Twitter) extends his initial instruction, refining for those with servers already in Production.
- Use PowerShell and Conditional Formatting to Format Dates - Some PowerShell magic courtesy of the Scripting Guy.
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Misc. Technology Posts
- Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi - TheRegister
- Microsoft: Overheating caused Outlook and Hotmail shutdown - BBC News Technology
- Modder hacks SimCity for unlimited offline play - TheRegister
- Call of Duty dominates 2012 entertainment sales beating music and film - BBC News Technology
Have you read a blog post this week that you really enjoyed and deserves a mention? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter(@SQLBrit).
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Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!