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How to Manage Microsoft Azure SQL Database Using PowerShell with REST APIs 09/04/2014

Continuing his discussion of a somewhat unorthodox method of managing Azure SQL Database that involves directly invoking REST APIs, Marcin Policht shows some of the unique benefits of REST APIs by demonstrating their unique capabilities that are not available via PowerShell.

TSQL: Understanding How to Use the INSERT Statement to Populate Your Database Tables 09/02/2014

Before you can read data from your database you need to understand how to insert data into the tables in your database. There are a number of different ways to accomplish this. Greg Larsen explores the methods you can use when inserting data into a database table using the INSERT statement.

Importance of Recovery Model in SQL Server 08/21/2014

Have you ever wondered, especially in the case of a data warehousing scenario, why the transaction log file grows bigger and bigger--sometimes much bigger than your database's data files? What caused it to happen? How do you control it? How does the recovery model of a database control the growing size of the transaction log? Read on to learn the answers.

Management of Windows Azure SQL Databases via PowerShell with REST APIs 08/07/2014

Management of Azure SQL Databases has been greatly simplified by the introduction of the Azure PowerShell module. Marcin Policht describes the principles of dealing with the Azure PowerShell module’s REST APIs directly.

Automating SQL Server Agent Notification 08/04/2014

If you are a DBA you probably are responsible for running and monitoring all of the SQL Server Agent jobs on one or more SQL Server instances. Read on to learn some automated approaches of monitoring SQL Server agent jobs.

Getting Started with Hashing in SQL Server 07/24/2014

Encryption brings data into a state which cannot be interpreted by anyone who does not have access to the decryption key, password, or certificates. Hashing brings a string of characters of arbitrary size into a usually shorter fixed-length value or key. Read on to learn about hashing in SQL Server and how it is different from encryption.

Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Azure SQL Databases 07/07/2014

Marcin Policht provides a comprehensive overview of Windows PowerShell’s capabilities in regard to managing SQL Databases (or, in general, cloud-resident resources).

Traits of a DBA - Part Two – The Personal Side of a DBA 07/03/2014

A good DBA needs to have good technical skills but he also has to have good personal skills. In this article, Greg Larsen discusses the personal skills a DBA should have.

Granular or Cell Level Encryption in SQL Server 06/23/2014

Arshad Ali demonstrates granular level encryption in detail and explains how it differs from Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).

Introduction to SQL Server in Microsoft Azure 06/09/2014

The convenience, competitive pricing, resiliency, and ease of maintenance of the SQL Database Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform are partially offset by a lack of support for some of the features available in full-fledged editions of the SQL Server. Fortunately, these limitations can be eliminated by taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities and installing a SQL Server instance in an Azure-hosted virtual machine (VM).

Traits of a DBA - Part One – The Technical Side 06/02/2014

What does it take to become a database administrator, or what kinds of traits should I be looking for when I am hiring a DBA. Those traits can be summarized it two categories: Technical and Personal. In this article, Greg Larsen discusses the technical traits a DBA should have.

Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) in SQL Server 05/19/2014

There are several ways to implement encryption in SQL Server; Arshad Ali focuses on Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), which was introduced in SQL Server 2008 and is available in later releases.

Restricting IO Using SQL Server 2014 Resource Governor 05/05/2014

With the introduction of SQL Server 2014 the Microsoft team has enhanced the Resource Governor to now cover I/O. With this new version you are now able to throttle your I/O intensive processes, should you need to. Greg Larsen shows you how to setup Resource Governor to limit the resources for those large I/O operations.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Security - Authentication, Authorization, and Encryption 05/01/2014

Continuing the overview of securing Microsoft Azure-based SQL Database deployments, we will now explore authentication and authorization, as well as data integrity and confidentiality.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Security - Firewall Configuration 04/07/2014

Marcin Policht reviews security related challenges of Microsoft Azure Software as a Service-based SQL Database, focusing in particular on the SQL Server and database-level firewall access control functionality and methods that can be employed to implement it.

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