SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition Now Has Many Enterprise Edition Features.

Starting with today’s release of SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1, Standard Edition now has a lot more of the features of Enterprise Edition. Here’s the list from Microsoft’s announcement post: Performance features – in-memory OLTP (Hekaton), in-memory columnstore, operational analytics Data warehousing features – partitioning, compression, CDC, database snapshots Some security features – Always Encrypted,…
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RAM and Sympathy

With the release date for 2016 finally announced Everyone can start gearing up to gaze upon its far shores from the 2008R2 instance they can’t or won’t upgrade for various reasons. I’m excited for a lot of the improvements and enhancements coming along, and generally hope I’m wrong about customer adoption. One annoyance with the…
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Announcing sp_Blitz v36: New Database Checks, Hekaton, Azure Files, More

The latest version of our free SQL Server health check adds some nifty new stuff: Checks for non-default database configurations like enabling forced parameterization or delayed durability Looks in the default trace for long file growths or serious errors like memory dumps Checks Hekaton memory use and transaction errors Warns about database files on network…
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Are Table Variables as Good as Temporary Tables in SQL 2014?

There’s a couple of new features in SQL Server 2014 that provide options for how you work with temporary objects. Will inline index creation or memory optimized temporary tables forever change the way you code? Let’s take a look! Inline Index Creation SQL Server 2014 brings us a TSQL improvement called “inline specification of CLUSTERED…
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