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SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines - Performance Optimizations 12/05/2016

When deploying SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine, you can take advantage of several Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features that enhance performance of the SQL Server database engine. We will explore a couple of these enhancements in this article. In particular, we will focus on increased I/O throughput facilitated by the Solid State Drive (SSD) storage available on most Azure virtual machines (VMs).

Identifying Last Night’s SQL Agent Job Failures 12/01/2016

Finding the nightly job failures is just one of a DBA's morning rituals. It is fairly easy to scan all the email with a number of creative search criteria, but what if you would like a more automated approach? Read on to learn how to find and report all job failures using a script.

Removing Email from msdb Database 12/01/2016

Is your msdb database growing bigger every day? If so you might want to consider purging some of the history records from the msdb database. If you are sending email using database mail and you are not periodically purging email information, then you might find out this is one of the reasons your msdb database is growing bigger.

Getting Started with R Services in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1 11/28/2016

SQL Server 2016 brings native support to advanced analytics in the database itself, using R Services. Learn what R is, what the on-premise advanced analytics options from Microsoft are, and how to get started using R Services with SQL Server 2016.

Azure SQL Database - Authenticating Application Access by Using Azure AD Tokens 11/07/2016

Learn how to leverage Azure Active Directory when connecting to Azure SQL Database from applications or services in a non-interactive manner, by relying on token-based authentication.

How to Get the Output of a Stored Procedure into a Table 11/03/2016

Putting the output of a stored procedure into a table provides you multiple options for parsing and using the output with other TSQL commands. Read on to learn more.

Which Indexes are not Used? 11/03/2016

During the development cycle, indexes will be placed on SQL Server tables to speed up performance when searching for records. Lots of thought probably has gone into creating just the right mix of indexes based on how developers think customers will use the system. But how do you tell if all the indexes are being used once your database has been implemented into production?

Real-time Operational Analytics in SQL Server 2016 - Part 3 10/24/2016

SQL Server 2016 introduces the Real-time Operational Analytics feature, which allows you to run both transactional/operational and analytics workloads on the same system. Read on to learn how to create a filtered, non-clustered columnstore index.

Azure SQL Database - Implementing Azure AD Authentication 10/06/2016

Marcin Policht focuses on the specifics of using Azure Active Directory to authenticate to Azure SQL Database.

Reading and Searching a Large Error Log File 10/03/2016

SQL Server’s undocumented extended stored procedure, called “xp_readerrorlog”, can read both the SQL Server ERRORLOG and the SQL Agent log files. Read on to learn more.

Reading Backup History Information for a Database 10/03/2016

There are times when you might want to read backup/restore history information to identify a backup’s start and finish date/time, the location where the backup was written, the size of the database backup, etc. Greg Larsen shows you how to do this in SQL Server.

Real-time Operational Analytics in SQL Server 2016 - Part 2 09/19/2016

Arshad Ali discusses the different design considerations for leveraging the Real-time Operational Analytics feature of SQL Server 2016, covering the different scenarios where it fits or does not fit, and how to get started with it for disk based tables.

Azure SQL Database - Azure AD Authentication 09/06/2016

One of the challenges when considering migrating your on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database is its lack of support for Active Directory-integrated authentication. With the advent of Azure SQL Database V12, the authentication capabilities have been expanded, allowing for more flexibility that leverages Azure Active Directory. In this article, we will provide an overview of this functionality.

Managing SQL Server Backup and Restore History Information 09/01/2016

SQL Server provides a couple of different ways to delete backup and restore history.  If you want to remove backup and restore information for all databases based on a date you can use the sp_delete_backuphistory system stored procedure.  Or you can use the system stored procedure named sp_delete_database_backuphistory if you want to remove all backup and restore history for a specific database.

Masking Your Data with SQL Server 2016 09/01/2016

There are times when you want some users to see part of a column value but not the whole thing, but you want other users to see the complete column value without any masking. The new SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking feature will allow you to define these different kinds of masking rules.

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