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How to Implement Dynamic Data Masking in Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 01/22/2018

Anoop Kumar shows you the SQL Commands (T-SQL) to secure PII/PHI data using the SQL Server Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature and explores DDM's built in functions to mask all critical data elements. DDM restricts unauthorized users from accessing critical data with no changes in the application.

Azure Cosmos DB Consistency Levels 01/04/2018

The majority of traditional database management systems are responsible for making sure that any changes to their data are consistently reflected in the results of subsequent queries. Azure Cosmos DB extends the range of consistency options by providing support for bounded-staleness, session, and consistent prefix models.

Has Your Database Been Backed up in the Last 24 Hours? 01/02/2018

As a DBA your #1 responsibility is to make sure that each of your SQL Server databases are backed up. This tip provides a couple of TSQL scripts that will identify the last backup of each database.

How to Change the Default Backup Directory 01/02/2018

When you install a SQL Server instance you have the opportunity to identify the default location for your instance database backups. Overtime you might decide you want to change the default location for database backups. This tip shows you two different ways to change the default location for your database backups.

Step by Step Guide to Migrate SQL Server Data to SQL Server 2017 12/21/2017

This step by step approach explains how to assess your SQL Server migration using DMA. Learn how to understand the behavior of your existing version and what changes need to be made to migrate to a newer version of SQL Server.

Implementing Azure SQL Database Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Rules 12/07/2017

In previous articles, we’ve described the main characteristics of two new features known as Virtual Network service endpoints and Azure SQL Database virtual network rules. In this article, we focus on the details of implementing this functionality.

How to Turn on Instant File Initialization 12/04/2017

Not having instant file initialization turned on slows down the process of adding pages to your database, because prior to allocating the data pages to your database, SQL Server needs to zero out the newly allocated pages. Read on to learn more...

Quickly Restricting Database Access 12/04/2017

There may be times when you need to perform maintenance against a database that requires you to keep normal database users from connecting to your database while the maintenance is being performed.  You want to stop users from connecting right away, but you want the database to be in a state that you can perform maintenance.  Read on to learn how.

Understanding Migration from SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 using Data Migration Assistant 11/27/2017

You can use the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) tool to migrate your SQL Server instance to an on-premise SQL Server 2017 or to Azure SQL Database. DMA analyzes data migration issues and provides recommendations to resolve them. Read on learn about the features of DMA and how DMA eases your SQL Server instance migration as well as reduces overall risks, allowing you to complete the migration successfully.

Azure SQL Database Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Rules 11/06/2017

One of the most commonly requested Azure SQL Database features has been support for more granular control of server-level firewall settings. A recently announced public preview of Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse VNET service endpoints and rules promises to address this limitation.

How Much Data Has Changed Since Your Last Full Backup 11/02/2017

Have you ever wanted to know how many pages in your database have changed since the last full backup? If so, then you will be glad to hear that the SQL Server 2017 version of the DMV, sys.dm_db_file_spavce_usage, has a new column named modified_extent_page_count, which shows the number of pages that have changed since the last full backup.

What to Do When You Get a “Cache is Out of Date” Error Message 11/02/2017

Learn how to fix the “cache is out of date” error message when SQL Server Management Studio starts up.

Dynamic Data Masking on Azure SQL Database 10/23/2017

Azure SQL Database’s Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature limits the exposure of sensitive information to non-privileged users. DDM can mask either the full value or partial value in a column. This method can also mask Social Security and Credit Card Numbers without making any changes to the application. Read on to learn more.

Azure SQL Database Long-Term Backup Retention 10/05/2017

Azure SQL Database provides a number of benefits that leverage resiliency and redundancy built into the underlying cloud infrastructure. In addition to Point-in-Time Restore as well as Geo-Restore and Active Geo-Replication, you have the option of implementing long-term backup retention of Azure SQL Database.

9 New Features with SQL Server 2017 10/02/2017

Microsoft has added a ton of new features in SQL Server 2017, including expanded operating system support, Graph database capability, Python support, and more. Join Greg Larsen as he explores nine of these new features.

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