Optimize Moving Data from One Table to the Another Table

Some best practices for moving data from one table to another table. Use TRUNCATE instead of DELETE If you need to clear the data in a table, use TRUNCATE instead of DELETE. TRUNCATE lock the table instead of at each row. No triggers are activated and no logs are generated resulting in faster performance. Note:... » read more

Using Query Execution Plans

One useful tool that SQL Server offers is the ability to see query execution plans. An execution plan shows you how SQL Server breaks down a query and also identified where issues might exist within the execution plan. Once you have identified statements that take a long time to complete, you can then look at... » read more

Database Caching

SQL Server does not have a “results cache” and the second execution is not “practically free.”SQL Server does have a “buffer cache” and the second execution is “faster, but not free.” The SQL Server buffer cache holds data pages in memory, in the exact form that they reside on disk. The second execution will not have to perform... » read more

Database Replication

SQL Server replication is a technology for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency and integrity of the data. Article/Publications An article is the basic unit of SQL Server Replication. An article can consist of tables, stored procedures, and views. A Publication... » read more

Transactional Logs and Disk Space

When using the full recovery model backup option, transactional logs will be generated every time there is a transaction being made. The transaction log will keep accumulate until a full, differential, transaction log backup has been made. Only then will the logs be cleared up. In databases where there are high transaction being made, the... » read more

Creating Database Indexes

Indexes are used to speed-up query processes in a database. They are similar to an index for a book. If you need to go to a particular chapter you can go to the index, find the page number of the chapter and go directly to the page. Database index works the same way. If you... » read more

Fine Tuning Stored Procedures

1. Use SET NOCOUNT ON SQL Server return information messages when running statements thus increasing network traffic. These messages can be suppressed by setting the NOCOUNT ON to decrease network traffic. 2. Use fully qualified procedure name A fully qualified object name is server.database.schema.objectname. SQL Server can swiftly find the complied plan instead of looking... » read more


SSRS, SSIS, and SSAS are all products/services offered by Microsoft. Different services comes in different editions. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Provide a framework of reporting mechanisms such as the Report Builder, Report Designer, Report Manager, and Report Server that work together through a web interface to enable the development of interactive reporting solutions. Report... » read more

Database Backup Options

There are two database backup options you can set for the database. Full Recovery Model Simple Recovery Model Full recovery model allows you to restore your database to the last time a transaction was made to the database by using transaction logs. Simple recovery model only allows you to restore your database since the last... » read more

Full vs Differential vs Transactional Database Backup

Full backup is a full copy of your entire data set. They are time-consuming and often require a lot of disk space. Differential backups only backup up the data that has changed since the last full backup. If you have a full backup on Sunday and differential backup every week day nights, you only need... » read more