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Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 6 06/19/2017

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is Microsoft’s new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service that can scale according to organizational demands in just few minutes. Read on to learn the different ways to load data into SQL Data Warehouse.

Introduction to Azure SQL Data Sync 06/05/2017

The majority of Azure SQL Database related features reach their General Availability (GA) stage relatively quickly. There are however, some exceptions. The most prominent example in this category is likely Azure SQL Data Sync, which has remained in Preview since its introduction 7 years ago. Fortunately, there are signs that this service might be finally reaching production-ready state. In our article, we will introduce its main characteristics.

How to Generate a Restore Script 06/01/2017

There are multiple ways to accomplish a database restore. But if you wanted to restore a database from a script how might you accomplish that task quickly and accurately?

How to Read the Transaction Log File 06/01/2017

Have you ever wanted to be able to see the actual transactions that are contained in the transaction log file? Greg Larsen shows you how to browse the transaction log using an undocumented function.

Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 5 05/22/2017

In part 5 of this series covering Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Arshad Ali covers performance optimization and the different aspects that impact performance.

Setting Variables in Calling T-SQL Code While Using sp_executesql 05/04/2017

In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to set variables in your calling T-SQL code when using sp_execute sql.

Where is my SQL Server Configuration Manager? 05/04/2017

If you are running Windows 8 and above, you might have found out that you can’t find SQL Server Configuration Manager in the list of installed applications. Read on to learn how to locate it.

Azure SQL Database - Dynamic Data Masking 05/01/2017

A number of security-related features are built into Azure SQL Database, including Transparent Data Encryption, Row-Level Security, and Azure SQL Database Auditing. Their availability reflects the consistent effort by Microsoft to provide functional parity between Azure SQL Database and SQL Server instances running in Azure virtual machines as well as in your on-premises environment. Another example of this trend is support for Dynamic Data Masking, covered in this article.

Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 4 04/20/2017

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service. Join Arshad Ali as he discusses round-robin and distributed tables, and how to create them. He also discusses how partitioning works in SQL Data Warehouse and looks at the impact of choosing the right distribution key. As a bonus Arshad shows you how to leverage PolyBase to quickly and easily import or export data from SQL Data Warehouse.

Backing Up SQL Server Databases Hosted on Azure VMs 04/06/2017

Join Marcin Policht as he provides a comprehensive overview of the different backup options applicable to Azure SQL Server VMs with database files stored on VM disks.

Displaying Backup or Restore Progress 04/03/2017

Have you ever started a database backup or a restore process that runs a long time then wanted to know when it will complete? Knowing when a database backup or restore operation will complete provides you valuable information, especially when you need to perform follow-on tasks that are waiting for the backup or restore process to complete.

How to Move a Table to a Different File Group 04/03/2017

There may be a time when you want to move a table from one file group to another. It's easy if it contains a clustered index. Read on to learn more.

Getting Started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse - Part 3 03/20/2017

Microsoft introduced Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new enterprise-class, elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse service that can scale according to organizational demands in just few minutes. In this article, Arshad Ali discusses the different types of tables you can create in SQL Data Warehouse, how they impact performance and the best practices around them.

Integrating DACPAC deployments of Azure SQL Database with Visual Studio Team Services 03/09/2017

One of the concepts that has recently been growing rapidly in popularity, in the context of cloud technologies, is DevOps. Derived from the combination of two terms - Development and Operations, it represents a new approach to building synergy between these two seemingly conflicting types of activities. In this article, we will focus on using DevOps principles in regard to Azure SQL Database deployments. To implement some of the more common DevOps practices, we will rely on Visual Studio Team Services.

Clean Your Buffers for Accurate Performance Testing 03/02/2017

In order to do accurate performance testing between multiple runs of a SQL Server command or scripts you need to remember to clean the buffer, procedure and system cache between each test run.

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