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Four free SQL Server tools every DBA can use

Various performance issues can arise in the day-to-day grind of managing databases. We've rounded up four free SQL Server tools that can help make DBAs lives a little bit easier.

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Upgrade to SQL Server 2016 with installation wizard

Consultant Michael Otey provides a step-by-step guide to upgrading from SQL Server 2014 to the 2016 release using the SQL Server Installation Center and Microsoft's upgrade wizard.

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Options, requirements for a SQL Server 2016 upgrade

Before you upgrade to SQL Server 2016, review the hardware and software requirements and the supported upgrade paths to help make sure your deployment of the database goes smoothly.

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Keep up with SQL Server licensing rules for 2016 release

SQL Server licensing is always complicated, and licensing for SQL Server 2016 adds new wrinkles. Expert Michael Otey provides guidance on licensing for different editions and situations.

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    SQL (Structured Query Language)

    SQL, short for Structured Query Language, is a programming language for relational databases. It lets users modify database structures and insert, update and query data.

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    In-Memory OLTP

    In-Memory OLTP is a Microsoft in-memory technology built into SQL Server and optimized for transaction processing applications.

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    Quiz yourself on what's new in SQL Server 2016

    With the official release of SQL Server 2016, the upgrade process is starting. Find out if you're a SQL Server 2016 expert or if you still need to learn about SQL Server 2016 new features.

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