Timothy Smith
The two web apps may add to our Azure costs, but offset costs associated with downtime

Situations When We May Want Higher Azure Costs

June 17, 2019 by

We’ve looked at methods to reduce costs within Azure. We may experience situations where a slight increase in Azure costs will benefit us to help protect our resources and customers when it involves security or other critical updates. When we consider these situations, we must keep up-to-date with the latest patches, updates to development libraries, as well as the possible effects of these updates to our existing code. Likewise, related to resource usage, a resource may be unused or seldom used by a percent of our customers that we keep when we’re ready to switch all our customers while we make the appropriate upgrades to our resources to help with costs. We’ll look at some techniques that we can use to manage the challenge of critical updates while also keeping costs down, or putting costs into a context about what may be more expensive.

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Gauri Mahajan
Advanced Threat Protection in Azure SQL Database.

Vulnerability Assessment and Advanced Threat Protection in Azure SQL Database

June 17, 2019 by

In today’s time where data breaches are highly expected to happen, there is a high need to ensure sensitive data in the Azure SQL databases is secured and which is why data security implementation is gaining momentum across each community. We covered one of the features of Advanced Data Security here in Advanced Data Security in Azure SQL Database – Data Discovery & Classification. Let’s dive further into the other two features that Azure SQL offers with this capability in this article.

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Gauri Mahajan
Columns classified using T-SQL in Data Discovery & Classification.

Advanced Data Security in Azure SQL Database – Data Discovery & Classification

June 17, 2019 by

Azure SQL supports in building and managing wide range of SQL databases, tools, frameworks etc. on the cloud. Organizations are drifting towards Azure SQL because of its obvious advantages over on-premises SQL Server and are generating, exchanging and storing data at an exponential rate on Azure. It becomes essential to safeguard, monitor our sensitive data and get alerts on anomalous activities else companies may come under fire for letting data leak and hacked.

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Rajendra Gupta
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SQL Between Operator

June 11, 2019 by

We extract data from SQL Server tables along with various conditions. Usually, we have data in large amounts and SQL Between operator helps to extract a specific range of data from this huge data. For example, suppose we want to know the product sales between Jan 2019 to May 2019. In this case, we can use this operator in a SQL query.

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Timothy Smith
On the overview selection, we can show data about this VMs use to monitor for Azure costs over various time periods

Finding Unused Resources Impacting Azure Costs

June 10, 2019 by

To reduce Azure costs on unused and unnecessary resources, we should design with prevention in mind – considering whether we want to commit to reserved use or test with a pay-as-we-go model. We may experience situations where we already have many resources, but are unsure of their use – are these consistently used, sometimes used, never used? Before we can answer whether an unused resource (or what appears to be an unused resource) is unnecessary, we have to determine whether it’s used. In this tip, we’ll look at this challenge.

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Timothy Smith

Handling Unused and Unnecessary Resources Impacting Azure Costs

June 5, 2019 by

Two of the more challenging causes of an increase in Azure costs are unused and unnecessary resources. Unused and unnecessary resources may not always be the same, even though they can overlap. If we know the difference between these resource categories or when these resources categories overlap then we will see improvements in preventing these from adding to our costs. In addition, when we think about unused resources, we should consider options that we have with Azure to optimize for these, as an unused resource may still be necessary sometimes. In this tip, we’ll look at these topics to assist us with reducing our Azure use.

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Timothy Smith
We see information related to our budget, such as the currency, among, start date, etc

Tracking Azure Costs with Cost Management

June 3, 2019 by

The Azure Portal offers the free tool Cost Management that we can use for managing Azure costs. As we’ll see, we can use this tool to organize how we manage our spending along with setting limits for thresholds to alert the appropriate members. While this tool can be useful for our organization, it has the potential to cause noise or disruptions, so we still want to review how we use it within our organization for managing the spending of our teams.

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Ranga Babu
Parameter group

AWS RDS – SQL Server Administration

May 30, 2019 by

In this article, we will review common database administration tasks for AWS RDS (Relational Database Service) SQL Server instance. RDS does not provide access to some of the system procedures and tables that require advanced privileges. So, we cannot perform all the administration tasks on the RDS SQL Server instance.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu
Successful Execution of SSIS components

Bulk-Model Migration in SQL Server Master Data Services

May 30, 2019 by

Just over a year ago, I published How to migrate SQL Server 2017 Master Data Services Models into another server article, that essentially demonstrated the migration of a SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) model from one MDS instance to another. Like many of my previously published articles, I have since used the aforementioned article as a technical reference (i.e. syntax lookup for using MDSModelDeploy.exe utility) during the implementation of MDS-related projects for my clients.

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Timothy Smith
In Settings under our container in our Azure Cosmos DB, we see the options that we’ll use for our template

Creating Containers with PowerShell For Azure Cosmos DB

May 30, 2019 by

In many situations, we will develop, test or prove new concepts by horizontally scaling new SQL API containers in Azure Cosmos DB over possibly using existing containers. As we’ve seen in previous tips, we can create and remove Cosmos database accounts and databases by using the Azure Portal or PowerShell’s Az module along with making some updates to the configuration, such as the RUs for performance reasons. Similarly, we can create and remove a container through the Azure Portal along with creating and removing the container with PowerShell’s Az module.

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Timothy Smith
We see the same restrictions in the Azure Portal

Increasing or Decreasing Scale for Azure Cosmos DB

May 28, 2019 by

Now that we can create and remove an Azure Cosmos DB and databases that we can use for automation purposes, along with obtaining some information about these accounts, we’ll look at making some changes to these accounts for contexts related to performance. It’s possible that our unit and security testing or development with proof-of-concepts may face performance problems where we need to upgrade the settings of our database account. In this tip, we’ll be working with the SQL API database layer in a Cosmos database account by building on our get, create and remove automation to update its performance.

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Timothy Smith
The Azure Portal view of our SQL API database in our Azure Cosmos DB

Creating and Removing Databases with PowerShell In Azure Cosmos DB

May 27, 2019 by

Our testing or development may call for dynamic creation on the database level for Azure Cosmos DB rather than the account level. As we’ve seen with dynamically working with a Cosmos database account using PowerShell, we can create, remove, and obtain properties of the account. Identically, we can do this on the database level as well and we may use this in testing if we need the same Cosmos database account for other testing purposes. Development situations may also involve use cases where we want to test a concept and dynamically create a database within our Cosmos database account. In this tip, we’ll look at working with our Azure Cosmos database account on the database object level where we do nothing to manipulate the account itself, only add databases to the account once it’s been setup.

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