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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Windows Azure Service Dashboard is an excellent way to know the health/availability of your Windows Azure Services.
You might always want to know if any of the service is down or having some performance degradation, and with windows azure service dashboard this information is just few clicks away.
All you… Read more
Windows Azure Virtual Machines is a real game changer as it gives us ability to spin up VMs in no time to setup a full blown SQL Server.
The topic of High Availability(HA) will come to your mind in case you are planning to deploy a mission critical SQLServer on… Read more
Care about RPO’s and RTO’s? Then you should be backing up your Windows Azure SQL Databases(Formerly SQLAzure).
Windows Azure SQL Database is highly available and data is redundant(3 copies of your database is stored elsewhere),however that doesn’t help you to recover from the below situation -
I like to clean up things after I’m done with my testing and this morning I decided to clean up my VM’s, Databases which were created under Windows Azure.
Everything went smooth till I tried to delete my storage account. As soon as I tried a delete there was an… Read more
Starting SQL 2014 monitoring memory usage of the memory optimized objects is super important to ensure that your instance don’t run out of memory and cause real bad situations.
One way of ensuring that the memory optimized objects wont utilize a certain amount of memory is by setting up resource… Read more