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Every year, July 1 is the Microsoft MVP Renewal date and quite a few people received good news that day. I was one of those renewed for another year, and I am honored that Microsoft chose me again. I also congratulate all the others that received the award for the first time as well as […]

Querying Temporal Tables

Temporal tables a.k.a Table Versioning was introduced in SQL Server 2016 and is an easy, convenient way to track changes to data. A good introduction to temporal tables can be found here. One of the key advantages of versioning tables is easy of querying – or getting a ‘single pane of glass’ look of how […]

Dealing with Server Objects, Settings and Features when Provisioning Databases

If we want the behavior and performance of our test databases to mimic that observed in production, then we must consider not only the database but also the server. Grant Frtichey reviews the server-level objects, settings and features that we may need to consider, and then shows how to 'synchronize' the linked servers, user logins and SQL Agent jobs, as part of an automated provisioning process, using SQL Provision.

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