MSDTC and configuration details for cluster/Always On

MSDTC: MSDTC stands for Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, and it is used by SQL Server and other applications when a distributed transaction between multiple machines is required.  A distributed transaction is a simple transaction that spans between two or more…

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How to Fix the “There is not enough space on the disk” Azure SQL Data Sync Error

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Here’s how to remedy the “There is not enough space on the disk” error on Azure SQL Data Sync.       Problem You established a data sync between an Azure SQL Database to a SQL server, on-premises, or in…

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How to Fix the “Triggers on Memory-Optimized Tables Must Use WITH NATIVE_COMPILATION” Azure SQL Data Sync Error

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Here’s how to quickly fix a common error that occurs while executing Azure SQL Data Sync. Problem You’re starting a data sync from an Azure SQL Database and the database provisioning step fails with the following error: Database provisioning failed…

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SQL Server In-Place Upgrade Failed: Wait on the Database Engine Recovery Handle Failed

A few weeks ago I was performing an in-place upgrade from SQL Server 2014 to SQL Server 2017. I followed each and every pre-check before performing an in-place upgrade, but got an  error message at the end of the installation….

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How to Install SQL Server Reporting Services 2019

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  Problem You’re trying to install SQL Server 2019 and when you reach the feature selection SSRS is nowhere to be found. You also get this notification banner below:   Cause SSRS installation has been separated from Microsoft SQL Server…

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Why Comprehensive Health Checks for MS SQL Servers Matter: Part 2

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First part of this blog post:     The SQL Server Health Check is ready to generate many reports. Four of them are useful and critical in ensuring your SQL Server environment is performing optimally, secure, and can recover…

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Using Kafka to Replicate Data from Postgres to MS SQL Server: Part 1


    The Challenge You’ve probably heard the expression, “Data is the new oil”.  That’s because data is at the heart of any business decision system of any organization. However, the data you need  isn’t always located in only one…

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FIX: SQL Server Installer Hangs on Existing Clustered Instance “Running Discovery on Remote Machine”

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Problem You’re trying to install a service pack, cumulative updates, or run the installer to add a shared feature on a SQL Server clustered instance. The installer just hangs and doesn’t progress without any indication on the GUI as to…

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Fix: SSIS Installation Error – Rule “Existing clustered or clustered-prepared instance” Failed

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  Problem You’re trying to install SQL Server Integration Services to an existing SQL Server failover cluster. You chose to add the shared feature to the existing instance and received the error below and couldn’t proceed: Cause You are receiving…

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Fix: SSIS Catalog Creation Error – “SQL Server Denali is Required to Install Integration Services”

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  Problem You’re trying to create an SSIS Integration Catalog using SQL Server Management Studio for a SQL Server Instances dated 2016 or later. Upon right-clicking and choosing “Create Catalog, you see this error:   Cause You get this error…

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