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Here is a practical guide for analyzing and troubleshooting SQL Server performance using wait statistics. Learn to identify precisely why your queries are running slowly. Measure the amount of time consumed by each bottleneck so that you can focus attention on making the largest improvements first. This edition is updated to cover analysis of wait statistics inside Query Store, the CXCONSUMER wait event, and to be current with SQL Server 2019. Whether you are new to wait statistics, or already familiar with them, this book provides a deeper understanding on how wait statistics are generated and what they can mean for your SQL Server instance's performance. Pro SQL Server 2019 Wait Statistics goes beyond the most common wait types into the more complex and performance-threatening wait types. You'll learn about per-query wait statistics and session-based wait statistics, and the types of problems they each can help you solve. The different wait types are categorized by their area of impact, including CPU, IO, Lock, and many more. The book presents clear examples to help you gain practical knowledge of why and how specific wait times increase or decrease, and how they impact your SQL Server's performance. After reading this book you won't want to be without the valuable information that wait statistics provide regarding where you should be spending your limited tuning time to maximize performance and value to your business. What You'll Learn Identify resource bottlenecks in a running SQL Server instance Locate wait statistics information inside DMVs and Query Store Analyze the root cause of sub-optimal performance Diagnose I/O contention and locking contention Benchmark SQL Server performance Lower the wait time of the most popular wait types Who This Book Is For Database administrators who want to identify and resolve performance bottlenecks, those who want to learn more about how the SQL Server engine accesses and uses resources inside SQL Server, and administrators concerned with achieving-and knowing they have achieved-optimal performance
Carry out data analysis with PySpark SQL, graphframes, and graph data processing using a problem-solution approach. This book provides solutions to problems related to dataframes, data manipulation summarization, and exploratory analysis. You will improve your skills in graph data analysis using graphframes and see how to optimize your PySpark SQL code. PySpark SQL Recipes starts with recipes on creating dataframes from different types of data source, data aggregation and summarization, and exploratory data analysis using PySpark SQL. You'll also discover how to solve problems in graph analysis using graphframes. On completing this book, you'll have ready-made code for all your PySpark SQL tasks, including creating dataframes using data from different file formats as well as from SQL or NoSQL databases. What You Will Learn Understand PySpark SQL and its advanced features Use SQL and HiveQL with PySpark SQL Work with structured streaming Optimize PySpark SQL Master graphframes and graph processing Who This Book Is ForData scientists, Python programmers, and SQL programmers.
Take a deep dive into the many uses of dynamic SQL in Microsoft SQL Server. This edition has been updated to use the newest features in SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 as well as incorporating the changing landscape of analytics and database administration. Code examples have been updated with new system objects and functions to improve efficiency and maintainability. Executing dynamic SQL is key to large-scale searching based on user-entered criteria. Dynamic SQL can generate lists of values and even code with minimal impact on performance. Dynamic SQL enables dynamic pivoting of data for business intelligence solutions as well as customizing of database objects. Yet dynamic SQL is feared by many due to concerns over SQL injection or code maintainability. Dynamic SQL: Applications, Performance, and Security in Microsoft SQL Server helps you bring the productivity and user-satisfaction of flexible and responsive applications to your organization safely and securely. Your organization's increased ability to respond to rapidly changing business scenarios will build competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded and competitive global marketplace. With a focus on new applications and modern database architecture, this edition illustrates that dynamic SQL continues to evolve and be a valuable tool for administration, performance optimization, and analytics. What You'ill Learn Build flexible applications that respond to changing business needs Take advantage of creative, innovative, and productive uses of dynamic SQL Know about SQL injection and be confident in your defenses against it Address performance concerns in stored procedures and dynamic SQL Troubleshoot and debug dynamic SQL to ensure correct results Automate your administration of features within SQL Server Who This Book is For Developers and database administrators looking to hone and build their T-SQL coding skills. The book is ideal for developers wanting to plumb the depths of application flexibility and troubleshoot performance issues involving dynamic SQL. The book is also ideal for programmers wanting to learn what dynamic SQL is about and how it can help them deliver competitive advantage to their organizations.
Protect your data from attack by using SQL Server technologies to implement a defense-in-depth strategy for your database enterprise. This new edition covers threat analysis, common attacks and countermeasures, and provides an introduction to compliance that is useful for meeting regulatory requirements such as the GDPR. The multi-layered approach in this book helps ensure that a single breach does not lead to loss or compromise of confidential, or business sensitive data. Database professionals in today's world deal increasingly with repeated data attacks against high-profile organizations and sensitive data. It is more important than ever to keep your company's data secure. Securing SQL Server demonstrates how developers, administrators and architects can all play their part in the protection of their company's SQL Server enterprise. This book not only provides a comprehensive guide to implementing the security model in SQL Server, including coverage of technologies such as Always Encrypted, Dynamic Data Masking, and Row Level Security, but also looks at common forms of attack against databases, such as SQL Injection and backup theft, with clear, concise examples of how to implement countermeasures against these specific scenarios. Most importantly, this book gives practical advice and engaging examples of how to defend your data, and ultimately your job, against attack and compromise. What You'll Learn Perform threat analysis Implement access level control and data encryption Avoid non-reputability by implementing comprehensive auditing Use security metadata to ensure your security policies are enforced Mitigate the risk of credentials being stolen Put countermeasures in place against common forms of attack Who This Book Is For Database administrators who need to understand and counteract the threat of attacks against their company's data, and useful for SQL developers and architects
Master SQL Server's Concurrency Model so you can implement high-throughput systems that deliver transactional consistency to your application customers. This book explains how to troubleshoot and address blocking problems and deadlocks, and write code and design database schemas to minimize concurrency issues in the systems you develop. SQL Server's Concurrency Model is one of the least understood parts of the SQL Server Database Engine. Almost every SQL Server system experiences hard-to-explain concurrency and blocking issues, and it can be extremely confusing to solve those issues without a base of knowledge in the internals of the Engine. While confusing from the outside, the SQL Server Concurrency Model is based on several well-defined principles that are covered in this book. Understanding the internals surrounding SQL Server's Concurrency Model helps you build high-throughput systems in multi-user environments. This book guides you through the Concurrency Model and elaborates how SQL Server supports transactional consistency in the databases. The book covers all versions of SQL Server, including Microsoft Azure SQL Database, and it includes coverage of new technologies such as In-Memory OLTP and Columnstore Indexes. What You'll Learn Know how transaction isolation levels affect locking behavior and concurrency Troubleshoot and address blocking issues and deadlocks Provide required data consistency while minimizing concurrency issues Design efficient transaction strategies that lead to scalable code Reduce concurrency problems through good schema design Understand concurrency models for In-Memory OLTP and Columnstore Indexes Reduce blocking during index maintenance, batch data load, and similar tasks Who This Book Is For SQL Server developers, database administrators, and application architects who are developing highly-concurrent applications. The book is for anyone interested in the technical aspects of creating and troubleshooting high-throughput systems that respond swiftly to user requests.
Develop and run efficient R scripts and predictive models for SQL Server 2017 Key Features Learn how you can combine the power of R and SQL Server 2017 to build efficient, cost-effective data science solutions Leverage the capabilities of R Services to perform advanced analytics-from data exploration to predictive modeling A quick primer with practical examples to help you get up- and- running with SQL Server 2017 Machine Learning Services with R, as part of database solutions with continuous integration / continuous delivery. Book DescriptionR Services was one of the most anticipated features in SQL Server 2016, improved significantly and rebranded as SQL Server 2017 Machine Learning Services. Prior to SQL Server 2016, many developers and data scientists were already using R to connect to SQL Server in siloed environments that left a lot to be desired, in order to do additional data analysis, superseding SSAS Data Mining or additional CLR programming functions. With R integrated within SQL Server 2017, these developers and data scientists can now benefit from its integrated, effective, efficient, and more streamlined analytics environment. This book gives you foundational knowledge and insights to help you understand SQL Server 2017 Machine Learning Services with R. First and foremost, the book provides practical examples on how to implement, use, and understand SQL Server and R integration in corporate environments, and also provides explanations and underlying motivations. It covers installing Machine Learning Services;maintaining, deploying, and managing code;and monitoring your services. Delving more deeply into predictive modeling and the RevoScaleR package, this book also provides insights into operationalizing code and exploring and visualizing data. To complete the journey, this book covers the new features in SQL Server 2017 and how they are compatible with R, amplifying their combined power. What you will learn Get an overview of SQL Server 2017 Machine Learning Services with R Manage SQL Server Machine Learning Services from installation to configuration and maintenance Handle and operationalize R code Explore RevoScaleR R algorithms and create predictive models Deploy, manage, and monitor database solutions with R Extend R with SQL Server 2017 features Explore the power of R for database administrators Who this book is forThis book is for data analysts, data scientists, and database administrators with some or no experience in R but who are eager to easily deliver practical data science solutions in their day-to-day work (or future projects) using SQL Server.
SQL Server 2016 Inside Out is the authoritative in-depth reference for every working database administrator responsible for planning, implementing, or managing SQL Server in any production environment -- on-premises, cloud, or hybrid. Emphasizing SQL Server 2016's newest features, four leading Microsoft database experts share insider techniques, solutions, advice, and troubleshooting tips for maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in all facets of deployment and day-to-day administration, and performance optimization. The authors tour a wide array of tools and features available in the SQL Server 2016 database engine, SQL Server Data Tools, SQL Server Management Studio, and PowerShell. Throughout, they offer clear overviews, detailed explanations, step-by-step demonstrations, and practical scripts -- all drawing on their extensive in-the-trenches experience.
Quickly find solutions to dozens of common problems encountered while using XML and JSON features that are built into SQL Server. Content is presented in the popular problem-solution format. Look up the problem that you want to solve. Read the solution. Apply the solution directly in your own code. Problem solved! This book shows how to take advantage of XML and JSON to share data and automate tasks. JSON is commonly used to move data back and forth between the database and front-end applications, often running in a browser. This book shows all you need to know about transforming query results into JSON format, and back again. Also covered are the processes and techniques for moving data into and out of XML format for business intelligence and other purposes, such as when transferring data from a reporting system into a data warehouse, or between different database brands such as between SQL Server and Oracle. Microsoft intensively implements XML in SQL Server, and in many related products. Execution plans are generated in XML format, and this book shows you how to parse those plans and automate the detection of performance problems. The relatively new Extended Events feature writes tracing data into XML files, and the recipes in this book help in parsing those files. XML is also used in SQL Server's BI tool set, including in SSIS, SSR, and SSAS. XML is used in many configuration files, and is even behind the construction of DDL triggers. In reading this book you'll dive deeply into the features that allow you to build and parse XML, and also JSON, which is a specific format of XML used to transmit objects in a web-friendly format between a database and its front-end applications. What You Will Learn Build XML and JSON objects in support of automation and data transfer Import and parse XML and JSON from operating system files Build appropriate indexes on XML objects to improve query performance Move data from query result sets into JSON format, and back again Automate the detection of database performance problems by querying and parsing the database's own execution plans Replace external and manual JSON processes with SQL Server's internal, JSON functionality Who This Book Is For Database administrators, .NET developers, business intelligence developers, and other professionals who want a deep and detailed skill set around working with XML and JSON in a SQL Server database environment. Web developers will particularly find the book useful for its coverage of transforming database result sets into JSON text that can be transmitted to front-end web applications.
Implement and administer successful database solution with SQL Server 2017 About This Book * Master the required skills to successfully set up, administer, and maintain your SQL Server 2017 database solution * Design and configure, manage, and secure a rock-solid SQL server * Comprehensive guide in keeping your SQL server disaster proof and all-time availability Who This Book Is For This book targets database administrators with an interest in SQL Server 2017 administration. Readers are expected to have some experience with previous SQL Server versions. What You Will Learn * Learn about the new features of SQL Server 2017 and how to implement them * Build a stable and fast SQL Server environment * Fix performance issues by optimizing queries and making use of indexes * Perform a health check of an existing troublesome database environment * Design and use an optimal database management strategy * Implement efficient backup and recovery techniques in-line with security policies * Combine SQL Server 2017 and Azure and manage your solution by various automation techniques Perform data migration, cluster upgradation and server consolidation In Detail Take advantage of the real power of SQL Server 2017 with all its new features, in addition to covering core database administration tasks. This book will give you a competitive advantage by helping you quickly learn how to design, manage, and secure your database solution. You will learn how to set up your SQL Server and configure new (and existing) environments for optimal use. After covering the designing aspect, the book delves into performance-tuning aspects by teaching you how to effectively use indexes. The book will also teach you about certain choices that need to be made about backups and how to implement a rock-solid security policy and keep your environment healthy. Finally, you will learn about the techniques you should use when things go wrong, and other important topics - such as migration, upgrading, and consolidation - are covered in detail. Integration with Azure is also covered in depth. Whether you are an administrator or thinking about entering the field, this book will provide you with all the skills you need to successfully create, design, and deploy databases using SQL Server 2017. Style and approach A comprehensive guide for database professionals, covering a wide range of topics from installation, maintenance, and configuration to managing systems for operational efficiency and high availability; best practices for maintaining a highly reliable database solution are also supplied from industry experts.
Direct from Microsoft, this Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure certification exam, the first of two exams required for MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification. Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure offers professional-level preparation that helps candidates maximize their exam performance and sharpen their skills on the job. It focuses on the specific areas of expertise modern database professionals need to succeed with SQL database administration. Coverage includes: Configuring data access and auditing, including encryption, data access, permissions, and more Managing database backup/restore: developing backup strategies, performing backups/restores, and managing database integrity Managing and monitoring SQL Server instances: monitoring database activity and queries; managing indexes and statistics, and monitoring instances Managing high availability and disaster recovery: implementing log shipping, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and failover cluster instances Microsoft Exam Ref publications stand apart from third-party study guides because they: Provide guidance from Microsoft, the creator of Microsoft certification exams Target IT professional-level exam candidates with content focused on their needs, not one-size-fits-all content Streamline study by organizing material according to the exam's objective domain (OD), covering one functional group and its objectives in each chapter Feature Thought Experiments to guide candidates through a set of what if? scenarios, and prepare them more effectively for Pro-level style exam questions Explore big picture thinking around the planning and design aspects of the IT pro's job role For more information on Exam 70-764 and the MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Administration certification, visit microsoft.com/learning
Take a deep dive into one of the most significant SQL Server features-support for In-Memory Online Transaction Processing. The latest developments are covered, including support of off-row storage, columnstore indexes and operational analytics, changes in programmability and native compilation, and more. This book describes the architecture and internals of the In-Memory OLTP Engine and explains how to develop, deploy, and maintain systems using it. With it you can dramatically increase transaction throughput to handle thousands of transactions per second supporting millions of customers. Learn the architecture and the internals of In-Memory OLTP in order to recognize when technology can make a difference. Recognize opportunities for In-Memory OLTP in new development and understand how to benefit from it in existing systems. Don't be without Dmitri Korotkevitch and the deep expertise he imparts in Expert SQL Server In-Memory OLTP, 2nd Edition as you move forward in using SQL Server's In-Memory OLTP technology. Dmitri Korotkevitch is the five-star author of Pro SQL Server Internals, and brings the same combination of clear thinking and deep expertise to help you in this second edition. The book: Explains In-Memory OLTP internals, architecture and programmability, including data storage, indexing, multi-version concurrency control, transaction logging and recovery, and native compilation Covers SQL Server 2016 technology enhancements, including columnstore indexes and off-row storage Guides in using In-Memory OLTP in new development and existing systems What You'll Learn Grasp how SQL Server stores and works with data in memory-optimized tables Properly design and index memory-optimized tables Plan successful deployments, including the required memory size and I/O configuration Accelerate T-SQL processing through the creation of natively compiled modules Monitor and report on the benefits and performance of your In-Memory OLTP solutions Benefit from the technology in existing systems and in the systems with the mixed workload Who This Book Is For Application developers and database administrators who create and manage online transaction processing (OLTP) systems; in particular, those wanting to take advantage of SQL Server's new offering of in-memory OLTP to dramatically improve performance and throughput of their systems