Microsoft SQL Server 2019: data platform in a box

I’m writing this blog post the day after Microsoft has unveiled SQL Server 2019 at their flagship Ignite 2018 conference. Officially named SQL Server 2019, it comes hot off the heels of the SQL 2017 release. This should be no…

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Loading data into Azure Data Warehouse with Data Factory – SQL on the edge episode 18

Earlier this year Microsoft released the next generation of its data pipeline product Azure Data Factory. The first release of Data Factory did not receive widespread adoption due to limitations in terms of scheduling, execution triggers and lack of pipeline…

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Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows 2012 cluster

Despite being an older version, some applications may require you to install a SQL Server 2008 R2 clustered instance on a Windows 2012 environment. You will quickly find out that there are a number of compatibility issues that can make…

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The importance of the worker threads is always on

Most of my blog posts are an outcome of the work that I do over the weekend while holding the pager for my team. This blog post is no different. In this blog post, I will talk about the importance…

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Fixing could not start service broker for database

Blogging is something I love because it gives me a chance to share the ideas I have and the knowledge I have gained so far. Last week, one of our clients was doing some maintenance activity. Today’s blog post comes…

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SQL Server and Azure soft delete

Microsoft just announced the public preview for Azure Soft Delete of Storage Blobs. From the documentation, “When turned on, soft delete enables you to save and recover your data when blobs or blob snapshots are deleted. This protection extends to…

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SQL Server 2017 automatic tuning

Introduction Every new version of SQL Server ships with exciting new features. One of the simplest but important features is Automatic Tuning. Before covering this new feature, let’s analyze the old ways so we can understand what is really automated…

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Azure Data Lake basics for the SQL Server DBA / developer and… for everyone!

The basics If you’re a Microsoft SQL Server DBA or developer and have not been introduced to the Microsoft Azure Data Lake and would like to understand what it’s all about and how to get started, this article is for YOU….

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Powershell error: sqlps.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system

An interesting issue came across my desk this week. One of our clients has a number of PowerShell tasks running on SQL Server Agent job. One day, the jobs suddenly stopped working due to the error below: Message Executed as…

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Data classification with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL DB (GDPR, PII, HIPPA…etc)

This blog post will cover SQL Server on-premise or IaaS and Azure SQL DB and how to classify data in both. Let’s start by explaining what data discovery and classification is and why is it important. Data discovery is not…

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