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Archives: March 2016

SQL Server 2016 Azure Virtual Machines

With the release candidates coming thick and fast for SQL Server 2016 downloading, uninstalling the previous version and installing the latest can be a little bit tedious.
A less timing consuming option to trying the latest is to use Microsoft Azure. If you have an Azure subscription you can spin…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 30 March 2016

SQL Server News–29th March 2016

This past weekend is one of my favourite holiday weekends - the 4 day Easter weekend :-)  Although I have had to work through most of it…With the holiday and the fact I've been busy with a new system go-live this post is slightly  late as a result.

On Thursday…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 29 March 2016

SQLBITS 2016 Agenda has been Published

The agenda for this year’s SQLBITs has been published you can find it here  http://sqlbits.com/information/event15/Agenda.aspx?20160507

Our very own David Postlethwaite has been selected to give one of his talks.

Congratulations to David on getting selected to speak at the event.

The event takes place in Liverpool between 4th –…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 24 March 2016

Weekly Round-up 21st March 2016


Here are some of the more interesting links that I have found this week

SQL Server

SQL Server 2016 RC1 has been released. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/03/18/sql-server-2016-release-candidate-1-now-available/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter I've not had a chance to look at RC0 in too much detail yet. Although I did notice that Microsoft have split the SQL Server client…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 March 2016

SQL Server 2016 RC0–Management Studio install option has disappeared

If you are trying to install SQL Server 2016 RC0 – which I’m sure you are all doing looking at the new features that are coming our way soon and wondering how all this cloud stuff passed you by? You might be also be sat there wondering where has the…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 16 March 2016

Creating a Domain Controller

The following is a short guide for promoting a Windows Server 2012 Machine to be a domain controller. This assumes that there is no existing forest or domain. My reason for doing this is to create a test enviornment using virtual machines on Oracle Virtual Box. I'm planning to setup…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 15 March 2016

SQL Server on Linux

When I started working with SQL Server many years ago, SQL Server on Linux was a regular April fool’s day joke that bloggers used to write about.

With the ever changing SQL Server database engine or just data platform these days. The integration of R and Polybase planned for SQL…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 8 March 2016