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Anup SivaDas handles the Database Engineering initiatives for Expedia, Inc. (http://www.expedia.com/), having IT experience of more than 9 years. Anup is an active blogger with SQLSailor.com, and can also be found on MSDN SQLServer forums and BeyondRelational.com. He has handled multiple SQLServer projects for various fortune 500 companies, and gained enrich proficiency within Database Administration, Database Architecture for Cloud, Consulting, Virtualization, Build, and Production Support activities. Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

SQLCMD and SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER

Let’s talk about something simple today. You might already be knowing this, but if you haven’t seen/noted this before then this post will definitely help you.

I was working on requirement wherein I had to simulate a workload which will do massive inserts to a table which had computed column.… Read more

0 comments, 5,984 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 14 November 2014

#SQLPASS #Summit14 Day 2 Keynote Highlights !

This was one of those days I was waiting to happen. You might be wondering whats special? Yes, this day is very special because Rimma Nehme will be giving a keynote on  Cloud Databases 101.

Rimma Nehme is one of those super smart people who works for Microsoft Gray… Read more

1 comments, 144 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 10 November 2014

#SQLPASS #Summit14 Day 1 Keynote Highlights !

PASS President Thomas LaRock on stage !

PASS President Thomas LaRock kicked off the summit keynote.

 

Tom talked about the history of PASS and its growth curve. Positive numbers all over the place !

One of the key things to note is that PASS has delivered 1.3 million hours… Read more

1 comments, 130 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 5 November 2014

My 1st SQL in the City Experience !

I attended my 1st #SQLinthecity event hosted by RedGate yesterday. This is one of those events which I wanted to attend for a long time, and I’m glad I could make it this year.

Attendees registering for the event

This whole day event was packed with some cool sessions, and… Read more

2 comments, 108 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 5 November 2014

SQLPASS Summit 2014 is here, The largest SQLServer Conference !

November is not the right time to visit Seattle (Blame the rain!), but I kinda like November because that’s when #SQLPASS Summit happens.

SQLPASS Summit is the largest SQLServer conference in the world, and this year the number seems pretty huge with over 5000 attendees !

#Summit14 will be my… Read more

5 comments, 117 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 3 November 2014

Checking out Windows Server Technical Preview on Azure !

I’m a great fan of running the latest version of Windows Server whenever I deploy SQLServer. I always try to push the latest and greatest windows server builds along with latest SQLServer builds because of many reasons (That can be a whole different post altogether).

I was all excited when… Read more

0 comments, 5,414 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 4 October 2014

SQLServer 2008 R2 SP3 released, Now its testing and deployment time!

As promised Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 last Friday, and now this is your opportunity to test and patch all the existing SQLServer 2008 R2 to this latest build.

SP3 will be the last and final service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2 ,and it will be a… Read more

0 comments, 175 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 29 September 2014

Building a Virtual Machine within Azure (IaSS) – Improvements !

Those Dev’s/UX designers out there at Microsoft seems to be pretty busy as they releasing back to back updates to windows azure portal over the last couple of months.

I had to create a VM in Azure to do some testing, and this time I decided to try out the… Read more

0 comments, 6,862 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 12 August 2014

Microsoft Azure Portal Preview looks promising !

This is one of those posts which is pending for a very long time. I was pretty excited when Azure Portal Preview was announced during BUILD2014. This portal will deeply enhance developer experience.

As a SQLServer person I was interested to explore more within the portal to see what in… Read more

0 comments, 172 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 26 June 2014

Journey of an On-Premises DB to Azure VM – SQL Server 2014 makes it easier!

SQL Server 2014 is deeply integrated with Windows Microsoft Azure and moving an On-prem database to a Microsoft Azure VM is much easier and seamless now.

This post talks about the journey of a database named “MoveMeToCloud” which is hosted on SQLServer 2014 RTM on-prem instance to a SQL Instance… Read more

0 comments, 1,232 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 16 April 2014

Data Collector in SQLServer 2014 – What’s New !

Today I noticed couple of changes(Neat changes !) for Data Collector in SQLServer 2014. This post is a detailed walk-through of setting up Data Collector in SQL2014. In the walk-through if there is a new feature or change which is specific to SQL2014,then I will highlight that.

As soon… Read more

0 comments, 1,748 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 4 April 2014

SQL Server 2014 Install – Step by Step

Hot cake for the day is SQLServer 2014 RTM bits. Its generally available starting today, and I downloaded a fresh copy to start testing it.

I will be writing a separate post on the features I love about SQLServer 2014,but here is the step by step install process for a… Read more

6 comments, 4,671 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 1 April 2014

Folks,Know your Outbound Data Transfer Costs – Windows Azure

The cost associated with Outbound Data Transfer is very important when you consider bridging your On-premise network with Windows Azure.

Yes, when I said cost I indeed meant the $ amount which is involved. The good news however is that all the Inbound Data sent to Azure is free. The… Read more

0 comments, 1,289 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 19 March 2014

Rollback DBCC CHECKDB REPAIR !

I learned something new today while I was listening to one of the courses on corruption authored by the master, Paul Randal(B/T).

In the course Paul mentioned that you can actually rollback DBCC CHECKDB REPAIR by using it within a Transaction.

This is something which is… Read more

0 comments, 600 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 6 February 2014

One error which you don’t want to see while doing upgrades – Missing MSI !

The cached MSI file ‘C:\Windows\Installer\<name>.msi’ is missing !!! This is one error which you don’t want to see when you are trying to do a service pack upgrade or a CU update during a critical change window.  Here is what the error looks like  -

If you are hit with… Read more

0 comments, 249 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 14 January 2014

Setting up the Min and Max Memory options on the fly – Word of caution !

Apparently,setting up the Min and Max Memory setting for SQLServer should be definitely encouraged and no server should be left out with the default settings.But here is a quick word of caution around this -

Do you want to change these numbers on the fly randomly when there is good… Read more

0 comments, 261 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 2 January 2014

Prevent creating stored procedures with RECOMPILE hint – Policy Based Management is your friend !

I got motivated to write this post as there was a question on twitter which was like  -

The user was checking if there was a way to prevent procedures which are created with RECOMPILE hint.

I was pretty sure that Policy Based Management did provide us a Stored Procedure Read more

0 comments, 438 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 12 November 2013

Memory Optimization Advisor – SQL Server 2014 CTP2

SQLServer 2014 CTP2 came with an inbuilt tool called Memory Optimization Advisor which will help you in migrating your normal tables to memory optimized tables.

Where can I find this tool ?

All you need to do is right click the table you want to migrate, and choose the option… Read more

0 comments, 383 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 23 October 2013

Database Backup Encryption – SQLServer 2014 CTP2

SQL Server 2014 CTP2(All new,shiny shiny !) availability was announced yesterday at #SQLPASS Summit.

Native backup encryption is one of the key features which was announced with this release, and I’m sure this feature will be widely used.

Native backup encryption will encrypt the data while creating the backup, and… Read more

0 comments, 525 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 17 October 2013

Microsoft + Oracle = New opportunity…Windows Azure is a happening place !

Couple of months back(To be specific in June) Microsoft and Oracle announced their partnership to help enterprise customers embrace the cloud.

It was almost clear that Oracle was going to be available in Windows Azure under the IaSS platform(Virtual Machines’),and today during one of the Oracle Open World keynotes this… Read more

0 comments, 509 reads

Posted in SQLSailor.com on 24 September 2013

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