There are a number of ways to generate key values in SQL Server tables including the IDENTITY column property, the NEWID() function and more recently, SEQUENCES. The IDENTITY column property is the earliest of these methods. It was introduced very early in the history of SQL Server and it is arguably the simplest approach. Though old, IDENTITY is still maintained in modern versions of SQL Server and is still relevant for simple use cases.
An account of a recent encounter we had with a peculiar wait event which was initially misdiagnosed.
In this article, we show how we used Database Snapshots as a rollbackup plan for a database migration from one data centre to another. Database Snapshots proved to be the best route since we sould not afford the time a backup/restore approach would take.
Sharing our experience using Data Compression as a space savings option in MS SQL Server 2008
Exploring briefly the difference between using Amazon Machine Images running SQL Server and using SQL Server instances on Amazon's Relational Database Service.
A short description of our experience with Veritas Netbackup on MS SQL Server AG Groups. This article does not give a full description of the procedure for configuring netbackup but highlights a few pitfalls which we think some people will find very useful.
How we overcame the A to Z Windows Drive-Letter limitation using Volume Mount Points
The steps required to create an Amazon Web Services EC2 instance and install the latest SQL Server version on the EC2.