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Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Data Platform Solution Architect on the state and local government team with Microsoft based in Jacksonville, FL. He has co-authored 3 SQL Server books including "SQL Server 2014 Professional Admin". As a former consultant and trainer, he uses his experience on many parts of the Microsoft BI and data platform to help customers deliver the best possible solutions. Bradley frequently presents at community events around the country. He is a contributor to sites such as SQLServerCentral.com and an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

Fixing You’ll need a new app to open this ms-word

It should come as no surprise that we rely heavily on SharePoint for sharing documents at Microsoft. For the most part it is a great solution with few issues. We can subscribe to documents and libraries and get updates when items are modified or added then go view those documents… Read more

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Posted in Bradley Schacht on 18 August 2017

Always Encrypted with Azure Key Vault

I recently wrote a post about using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) with Azure Key Vault as an alternative to managing certificates. Today’s post will explore using SQL Server’s Always Encrypted functionality with Azure Key Vault. Always Encrypted, as with TDE, can use Windows certificates or what an external storage location… Read more

0 comments, 1,179 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 15 August 2017

Transparent Data Encryption with Azure Key Vault

Microsoft introduced Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) to SQL Server with the 2008 release providing a simple, easy way to add an extra layer of protection to our data. TDE is not unique to SQL Server and hasn’t changed much since being introduced into the product. With Azure becoming more and… Read more

8 comments, 421 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 8 August 2017

Webinar Followup: End to End Security with SQL Server 2016

I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed new security features in SQL Server 2016. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used and link to a… Read more

0 comments, 265 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 9 May 2017

Importing a BACPAC to SQL Server

We previously looked at Archiving Azure SQL Database to a BACPAC and in today’s post we are going to address how to look at that data by restoring or importing it to a local SQL Server.

As discussed in the previous post this discussion arose in a conversation with a… Read more

2 comments, 4,908 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 13 September 2016

Archiving Azure SQL Database to a BACPAC

UPDATE: The other half of this scenario has been posted. Check out Importing a BACPAC to SQL Server.

Azure SQL Database is a managed database platform as a service (Paas) offering available from Microsoft in the Azure cloud. One of the advantages to Azure SQL Database is all the file… Read more

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Posted in Bradley Schacht on 6 September 2016

How I Got Here: Microsoft

Here we are, 7 years working with SQL Server and Microsoft BI tools. Sure in the grand scheme of things that’s not a long time but when you consider that all of those years have been in consulting it’s more experience than many people will get in an entire career. Read more

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Posted in Bradley Schacht on 23 August 2016

Can You Trust Your Cloud?

“How do I know my data is secure?”

“A lot of companies have been hacked lately, why would I want to move to the cloud?”

“We have sensitive data that can’t be moved to the cloud.”

If you are a decision maker in a company you have probably raised questions… Read more

0 comments, 1,763 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 16 August 2016

CJIS and the Microsoft Cloud

Having a cloud you can trust is important. Microsoft takes security and compliance extremely seriously in both the commercial and government clouds. An August 2016 article on the Azure blog, Not All Clouds Are Created Equal, addressed this topic in detail discussing the impact of a CJIS compliant cloud… Read more

1 comments, 285 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 12 August 2016

Webinar Followup: New Security Features in SQL Server 2016

I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed new security features in SQL Server 2016. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used and answer a few… Read more

0 comments, 401 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 26 July 2016

Webinar Followup: Migrating your SQL Server VMs to Azure with PowerShell

Earlier this week I presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed how to migrate virtual machines to Azure. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you  missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used, walk through… Read more

0 comments, 951 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 19 November 2015

Hyper-V The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

Note this fix only works on Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 or later. A different method is required on Windows Server 2008R2 or earlier which involves the use of the NETDOM command.

For several years now I have been using Hyper-V for building out a virtual development environment on my laptop.… Read more

2 comments, 2,080 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 27 October 2015

Upcoming Presentation – Space Coast SQL/.Net User Group

If you happen to be in the central Florida or Daytona area head over to Melbourne on September 10th to see me!

I’ll be speaking at the newly merged Space Coast SQL/.Net User Group on Power Query. This topic is easy for anyone in SQL, business intelligence, .Net or even… Read more

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Posted in Bradley Schacht on 2 September 2015

How To Use the Unpivot Transform in SSIS

Moving data from columns to rows can be a tricky task and accomplished in a variety of ways. That may be through a series of unions in T-SQL, but that’s just ugly and means lots of passes at the data potentially. You could use a T-SQL unpivot, which isn’t bad… Read more

2 comments, 7,565 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 11 November 2014

Monitoring BI Performance: Scripts and Slides

I recently did a presentation and discussed some techniques for monitoring the performance of your business intelligence stack. I will be doing 3 additional posts that go into a little more detail and contain screenshots of how to monitor each BI tool with some step by step instructions. Be on… Read more

0 comments, 1,070 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 10 November 2014

How I Got Here: 5 Years At Pragmatic Works

I recently celebrated my 5 year anniversary at Pragmatic Works. Boy, how time flies by. It feels like just the other day that I was a store manager for Blockbuster while going to school and living in a small apartment with a buddy who had just moved back from Orlando.… Read more

2 comments, 1,437 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 2 November 2014

Webinar Q&A: SSRS Subscriptions and Data Alerts

Updated 10-16-2014 at 11:20 AM Eastern

Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone… Read more

3 comments, 1,274 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 15 October 2014

Webinar Q&A: Getting Started with Change Data Capture

Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone that attended. If you were unable… Read more

1 comments, 1,212 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 25 July 2014

Find Users Logged Into Remote Computer

Have you ever wanted to find out if someone is logged into a computer or maybe who is logged into a computer without having to remote in to check? Recently I was working on a project doing some SharePoint work using 3 accounts: Admin/Install, Farm and Service. The work I… Read more

3 comments, 9,948 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 23 July 2014

Rename SharePoint Central Administration Database

SharePoint uses a series of SQL Server databases to save configuration information, security setups and all the user data that has been created. The Central Administration site is no different and has its own content database that is created when running the SharePoint configuration wizard. Unfortunately, unlike when creating service… Read more

0 comments, 1,223 reads

Posted in Bradley Schacht on 21 July 2014

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