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Implementing SQL Server Failover Clustering in Azure 08/07/2017

Deploying IaaS solutions in Microsoft Azure offers benefits that leverage agility, resiliency, and scalability built into the underlying platform. However, when dealing with business-critical workloads, customers typically want to also provide high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities in a manner that they can control. Trying to implement this approach in the cloud by following the procedures applicable in on-premises datacenters frequently presents challenges. This article focuses on these differences in the context of deployment of SQL Server Failover Clustering in Azure.

Purging Old Database Mail Items 08/03/2017

Are you purging the old database mail items stored in msdb?  In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to purge database mail.

What Mail Items Have Been Sent With Database Mail 08/03/2017

Have you ever wondered how much database mail you have sent in the past day or week? What about those database mail items that were not successfully sent. In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to review the database mail items that have been processed by SQL Server.

Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB 07/24/2017

Azure Cosmos DB is the latest data service offering from Microsoft. Azure Cosmos DB is a super set of DocumentDB and provides a new set of capabilities. These capabilities make Azure Cosmos DB stand out from other members in the NoSQL database family.

Implementing Azure SQL Data Sync in the Azure Portal 07/06/2017

Azure SQL Data Sync, which has been lingering in the Preview mode since its introduction seven years ago, no longer requires the use of the Azure classic portal; you can finally access it by using the current Azure portal. Marcin Policht steps you through the process of implementing Azure SQL Data Sync using this interface.

How to Find Out Which Database Object Got Deleted 07/03/2017

Greg Larsen shows you how to use the Transaction ID value to identify the object_id for a deleted table.

How to Read a Transaction Log Backup 07/03/2017

The transaction log backup is stored in SQL Server proprietary format, just like the transaction log itself. Even though the transaction log backup is in a special format, Microsoft has provided us with the fn_dump_dblog() function to read transaction log backups. This function is undocumented, so you should use care when using this function in a production environment.

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.

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