SQL Server Database Design Best Practices

Database design is a critical aspect of SQL Server development. A well-designed database can improve data quality, increase performance, and reduce maintenance costs. In this article, we’ll cover various best practices for designing SQL Server databases, including normalization, data types, and relationships.   Normalization Normalization is the process of organizing data in a database to … Read more…

Unable to load DLL ‘Microsoft.Data.SqlClient.SNI.x86.dll’ – Error Launching SSMS 19

Hi friends, in this short article, we will be discussing about, how you can resolve the following issue that might occur under certain circumstances, when launching SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 19.x: Unable to load DLL ‘Microsoft.Data.SqlClient.SNI.x86.dll’   The Error Message The exact error message is the below:   Cannot connect to [instance name] —————————— … Read more…

SQL Server Database Backup and Recovery Guide

SQL Server database backup and recovery is a critical task for any database administrator. Having a reliable backup and recovery strategy in place, can help ensure that critical data is not lost and operations can resume as soon as possible in the event of a hardware failure, software issue, or other data loss event. In … Read more…

Advanced SQL Server Features and Techniques for Experienced DBAs

Hi friends, in this article, we’ll be discussing about certain advanced SQL Server features and techniques, that can help experienced DBAs, to tune the SQL Server data platform even more, in terms of performance, security and scalability. So, as an experienced SQL Server DBA, you are probably familiar with the fundamentals of SQL Server. There … Read more…

Python Data Access Fundamentals

Hi friends, in an older article, we have talked about how you can connect to SQL Server databases from a Python program. In this article, we will be discussing about the Python Data Access fundamentals, that is how you can connect to different databases from within your Python code. In general, Python provides the capability … Read more…

System.IO.FileLoadException: could not load file or assembly…

Hi friends, in this article, we will be discussing about, how to resolve the below error, when working with CLR assemblies in SQL Server: An error occurred in the Microsoft .NET Framework while trying to load assembly id… The server may be running out of resources, or the assembly may not be trusted. Run the … Read more…

SQL Server 2022 Generally Available!

Yesterday, November 16 2022, Microsoft announced the general availability of SQL Server 2022. The long-awaited new release of SQL Server, includes many features in all aspects of the popular data platform, but also an additional set of features, that make SQL Server the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet. Let’s discuss about the highlights … Read more…

The Database Engine system data directory in the registry is not valid

Hi friends, in this article, we will be discussing about the case where you might be updating or patching a SQL Server instance, and under certain circumstances you get the error message: The Database Engine system data directory in the registry is not valid.   The Error Message The exact error message in the above … Read more…