Another feature I wish SQL Server had: as of timestamp

If you are using Oracle 10g or greater, you can query the database tables as of a certain time using their Flashback technology. This is great if you had some data deleted and you do not want or cannot restore a full backup to retrieve the lost data.

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SSRS – Matrix Report

Often when you create a SSRS report you choose to display your data in a Table, which means the rows are repeated straight down each column. For certain reports, a way to improve readability is to use a Matrix report. This pivots one of the rows into a column moves the rows into the appropriate column, sort of like a Pivot Table in Excel. Sound confusing? It is not, just look at the example below.

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Using dbatools to find orphaned files

A lot of times you will move a database file from one drive to another and then forget to delete the original. This takes up precious space and could be causing you low disk space. Using dbatools, you can easily find any orphaned files for 1 database or all of the servers in your estate.

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Sql Server: Find the location your backups are going to.

A client of mine setup backups on their server and the jobs are running successfully, but the backups are not showing up in the backup location. Finding the location of any backup commands can be found using a simple sql statement.

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Oracle: Database will not startup due to invalid parameter

Most DBA’s now have to take care of multiple database platforms and they all have their own set of commands. One of my Oracle databases would not startup due to an invalid parameter in the SPFILE. Read on how I was able to get the database back up and running.

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