SQL SERVER – Installation Wizard Hang Forever – Please Wait on Feature Selection Page

Here is one of the situations which I encountered with SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2. I wanted to add “Analysis Services” features to an existing installation. I came up with the feature selection screen on SQL setup and pressed next it hangs with “Please Wait”. I click on it and went for lunch, when I came back, it was still in the same state. Let us learn how to fix the issue related to Installation Wizard Hang Forever.

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SQL SERVER – CLONEDATABASE: Generate Statistics and Schema Only Copy of the Database

I have been writing about how some of the interesting enhancements made with SQL Server 2016 SP1 have caught my attention. This one is a killer feature that can be of great value when you are trying to do testing. Having said that, I also want to call out that this feature has been added with SQL Server 2014 SP2 too. When you get into performance problems related to the query optimizer, then this capability will be of great advantage. In this blog post we will learn about Generate Statistics and Schema Only Copy of the Database.

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