In order to connect on- premise and Azure we have two options, a point-to-site and a site-to-site VPN. On this article I will be showing how to configure a site-to-site VPN using a routing and remote access, step-by-step.Read more »
I recently heard from a lady from overseas who wanted to find a quick and dirty mechanism of extracting data for a given date range (based upon a fiscal year that started July 1st and ended June 30th). The idea interested me and as always, I had to try it out.
In today’s “get together”, we are going to have a look at how this may be achieved.Read more »
When creating a hash index in a memory optimized table we need to define a value for the bucket count. Think twice before set a random value, you may pay the price later… On this article we will explain the effects of a bad defined bucket count and how to monitor it.Read more »
In our last two chats, we discussed enterprises that have had financial years that began in July and ended at the end of June. One of our clients works with this fiscal calendar and their financial folks are Excel “Fundi’s” (Fundisa is an Nguni word for “expert”). Many of their reports contain the current month’s sales in addition carrying running totals from the beginning of the fiscal year to date. Read more »
Oft times we are forced into situations where we clearly need to think outside of the box. A case at hand arose early in 2014 where one of our client’s required a “quick and dirty” front end to modify data within a table that reflected the outstanding balances (of their clients) and the attempts that they had made to recover these funds. Master Data Services seemed to be the way to go!Read more »
In our last get together I mentioned that oft times SQL Server reports are created due to a dire business need, used once and never again. Further, some reports that we believe are not often used could be “top of the pops” unbeknown to us. A guess as to the amount of times a report is used per month, in addition to the statistics behind each report should not be guess work, but rather monitored actively to ensure that frequently used reports are both efficient and effective. Further, those reports that are either not used or have not been run in quite some time, should perhaps be removed in order to keep the server clean and not cluttered.Read more »
A few months back, I presented a paper at SQL Saturday 327 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Late last month I received an email from one of the attendees. His issue was quite interesting and I decided to share it with you. The gentleman wanted a SSIS script that would permit him to extract data from a SQL Server database table and place it in a CSV file with a dynamically allocated name. Being a strong advocate of using the SSIS toolbox, I experimented with an alternative solution. We are going to construct THIS SOLUTION in today’s get together.
Let’s get started.Read more »
In past chats, we have had a look at a myriad of different business intelligence techniques that one can utilize to turn data into information. In today’s “get together” we are going to try to pull all these techniques together, rationalize our development plans and more over look at some good habits to adopt or for the want of better words utilize SQL Server Reporting Services Best Practices.Read more »
There has always been some debate as to whether or not there are real benefits to be gained from accessing the information in the transaction log. This article will endeavor to answer that question by looking at the following:
- What is the SQL Server Transaction Log?
- What information is stored in the transaction log?
- What can be gained by accessing the information in the transaction log?
- How does the transaction log work?
- What tools are available for reading the transaction log?
- And ultimately, is this something we should be doing at all?
With the advent of the Information Era, data is being collected on a massive scale. Information Technology systems have made access to this data faster and easier. It has also made it easier for data to be misused.Read more »
The purpose of security auditing is to identify all attacks, unlawful or malicious activities which might be taking place on your server. Criminals have become increasingly inventive and as a DBA you might not have considered or even be aware of all activities which may be putting your data at risk.Read more »
In sequence of the first article about the server memory importance, we will check another In-Memory OLTP key point: The Checkpoint files. Check what wrong can happen, and how to avoid this!Read more »
With the introduction of the in-memory technology, we need to think about what are the new challenges to keep the service up and running. In this article I will explore one of the three key points to monitor in order to maintain your SQL Server healthy.
Last week I spoke at my local SQL Server user group, in Lisbon. The session was nice and the good feedback received encouraged me to write about this and share information that is not too spread over the internet (so far…): Monitor environments using In-Memory OLTP.Read more »
In the previous posts
Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and TFS using a Custom Workflow file
Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and Team foundation Server
Continuous integration with SQL Server Data Tools and Team Foundation Server
I have been mostly writing about the interaction between SQL Server Data Tools and Team Foundation Server. Microsoft provides a hosted version of Team Foundation Build Service called Visual Studio Online. The configuration and functionality is mostly the same than what I have previously been writing about but there are some specifics things that we need to be aware when using Visual Studio Online Build Service.Read more »
When you have created a series of Azure VMs – for example for doing demos – you might want to be able to start it and shut it down easily. For convenience purposes but also for keeping the cost down while you’re not using the Azure VMs. In this case Azure Automation comes handy.Read more »
Introduced on SQL Server 2014, the new brand feature In-Memory OLTP a.k.a “Hekaton” is a Main-Memory Database Engine. Developed by Microsoft Research & Paul Larson (Database Research Group at MSFT) this feature have the ability to manage and held tables entirely In-Memory. In this Series we will pass through for all the new concepts and components that makes this New Engine the most excited acquisition of the new SQL Server Version (120).Read more »
Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)
SQL Server has two ways of encrypting data. One way is by protecting data on the table, record or column level, and the other way is by protecting data “at the rest”. One of the best crypto features in the database world today is known as a Transparent Data Encryption.Read more »
The cloud is a buzzword in the IT world. Oracle, Amazon and Microsoft with Microsoft Azure are offering Cloud Services to the public. Most of the companies plan to have part of their environments in the cloud to reduce the maintenance and security effort.Read more »
In past chats, we have had a look at a myriad of different Business Intelligence techniques that one can utilize to turn data into information. In today’s get together we are going to have a look at a technique dear to my heart and often overlooked. We are going to be looking at data mining with SQL Server, from soup to nuts.Read more »