Implementing Checkpoints – To restart SQL Server Integration Services packages from the point of failure

An SQL Server Integration Services package often includes tasks that can take a long time to run. If the package fails in the middle of execution, you may need to repeat these tasks, which can be very slow and time-consuming. To address this problem, Integration Services supports the use of checkpoints.

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SQL Server 2005/2008/2008R2: HTTP endpoints

You can use an HTTP endpoint to allow access to data over HTTP and Secure Sockets Layer (HTTPS) without needing to install Internet Information Services (IIS).

Important Note: HTTP Endpoints feature has been deprecate in SQL Server 2012 and later versions.  For more information, see here

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Types of Join in SQL Server

You use a join to combine data from different tables into a single result set. Joins most commonly use foreign key relationships. Some important points about joins include:

  • Joins are created through instructions in the SELECT clause.
  • Joins connect two or more tables by using a join operator.
  • Joins exist only for the duration of that query.
  • Joins do not make changes to any database tables.

You use the JOIN keyword to specify the tables you want to join and how to join the tables. You use the ON keyword to specify the common columns between the two tables—the columns to use for the join. If the columns have the same names in both tables, you must specify the columns as table name.column.name.

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Database capacity planning and management

As part of the planning and research before implementing new SQL Server, you must determine the amount of space needed for your database and how it should be organized in the SQL Server. You also need to understand the properties of the database and how to manage the growth of the database after creating a database.

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Configuring SQL Server Database Mail Feature

You can send e-mail from within stored procedures, functions, and triggers by using SQL Server Database Mail. You can also configure SQL Server Agent Mail to use Database Mail. Some features of Database Mail include:

  • Uses Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)
  • Does not require Outlook or Extended Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) support
  • Can use multiple SMTP servers
  • Can be used in a cluster server configuration
  • Supports asynchronous background delivery
  • Supports multiple profiles and accounts
  • Supports security features, included prohibited file extensions, a limit on attachment size, and auditing
  • Allows you to send messages formatted in HTML

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SQL Server 2014 Management tools

Management tools play a vital role in enterprise database management. This is because the well-integrated tools extend the administrator’s capabilities, whereas a random collection of tools can lead to confusion, operational mistakes, high training costs, and poor DBA productivity. To keep up with these demands of complex enterprise database management solutions, SQL Server 2014 includes updated management tools to make it easier for administrators to create, manage, and maintain SQL Server solutions.

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