Aveek Das
Deployment Report

Exploring actions and tasks in the SQLPackage Utility

June 4, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain in detail about actions and tasks in the SQLPackage Utility. In my previous article, I have explained the overview of the SQLPackage utility. The SQLPackage utility is a command-line utility tool provided by Microsoft to automate SQL Server database deployments. Since this utility is cross-platform, you can easily install it on any operating system of your choice. SQLPackage actions are the types of functions that we can achieve with this utility. You can install this utility directly on any production server and it can be used as is. You can find more information about this utility and SQLPackage actions from the official documentation from Microsoft.

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Timothy Smith
We can see the option to enforce password policy when we manually create a login through the interface or selecting this option as ON when scripting logins for creation

Security Testing SQL Logins with the PWDCOMPARE function

June 3, 2020 by

In this article, we’ll look at using the built-in PWDCOMPARE function in SQL Server for security testing passwords. While this tool may seem like it exposes a weakness in Microsoft SQL Server because we can test for passwords, it should be of note that an attacker could do the same attack by attempting to login to our database server assuming the attacker was able to access a connection to it. Therefore, this function does not increase the risk of an attack on SQL Server but does help us identify possible weaknesses in our environment so that we can quickly mitigate these risks. In addition, we’ll also combine this with other related tools in SQL Server to help us with logins.

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Aveek Das
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A quick overview of the Microsoft Power Platform

June 2, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain the various products offered by the Microsoft Power Platform. Microsoft Power Platform is a group of products offered by Microsoft to develop and build complex business solutions, analyze, and draw data visualizations, automate a business process, or build virtual agents for communication. All these products offer a platform in which no code is required to build the applications. These products are in the form of simple GUI which can be used by any business users or developers, thus helping to reduce the need for IT in the organization.

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Aveek Das
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Overview of the Grafana Dashboard with SQL

June 2, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to demonstrate how to set up Grafana Dashboard for real-time analytics or data monitoring purposes. Grafana is an open-source, cross-platform analytics service tool that can be used to fetch data from several data sources, and then the data can be visualized in a much intuitive way in the form of bars and graphs. This is quite a useful feature for the DevOps or the IT team as it can make their job easier to find abnormalities or spikes in the production environment by observing the logs generated.

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Frank Solomon

Lever T-SQL for Pinpoint Control of ORDER BY in a Stored Procedure

June 1, 2020 by

Introduction

The T-SQL ORDER BY clause sorts SQL Server SELECT statement result sets, and it becomes important when we build stored procedures. Unfortunately, the syntax offers no flexible way to directly control the ORDER BY clause behavior with argument values. This means we don’t have an easy way to control the specific column or columns that the ORDER BY clause sorts. Additionally, SQL Server does not offer a flexible way to directly control the ascending or descending order of any ORDER BY clause column with argument values. Of course, we can certainly hard-code the ORDER BY clause in a stored procedure, but this approach becomes fixed in stone. We could try a dynamic SQL solution, involving a stored procedure code that dynamically builds and executes SQL Server statements inside a stored procedure. However, this technique becomes tricky, and it can lead to SQL injection attacks. Other techniques might rely on CASE statements, and their complexity can become overwhelming as the column count grows. This article spotlights a clean, efficient, pinpoint T-SQL stored procedure technique that directly sorts one, some, or all SELECT statement result set columns. The technique avoids dynamic SQL, and it operates directly in a stored procedure. The article also shows how to set the ascending or descending sort order of specific columns.

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Aveek Das
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Getting Started with the SQLPackage Utility

May 28, 2020 by

In this article, I’m going to explain in detail about the SQLPackage utility that is provided by Microsoft in order to automate database deployments. In my previous article regarding Data-Tier Applications in SQL Server, I have mentioned how to create a DACPAC and a BACPAC file from an existing SQL Server Database. The underlying technology behind creating the DACPAC and the BACPAC files is the SQLPackage utility, which helps to create those files.

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Esat Erkec
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SQL Server 2019 new features: Batch Mode on Rowstore

May 27, 2020 by

In this article, we will explain batch mode on rowstore feature, which was announced with SQL Server 2019. The main benefit of this feature is that it improves the performance of analytical queries, and it also reduces the CPU utilization of these types of queries. Behind the scene, this performance enhancement uses the batch mode query processing feature for the data, which is stored in row format. Also, this feature has been using by columnstored indexes for a long time.

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Jignesh Raiyani
Rebuild Index

How to identify and resolve SQL Server Index Fragmentation

May 27, 2020 by

In this article, we will learn how to identify and resolve Index Fragmentation in SQL Server. Index fragmentation identification and index maintenance are important parts of the database maintenance task. Microsoft SQL Server keeps updating the index statistics with the Insert, Update or Delete activity over the table. The index fragmentation is the index performance value in percentage, which can be fetched by SQL Server DMV. According to the index performance value, users can take the indexes in maintenance by revising the fragmentation percentage with the help of Rebuild or Reorganize operation.

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Aveek Das
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How to configure an Amazon RDS environment for MySQL

May 26, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to explain how to configure the RDS MySQL Environment in AWS. RDS is the Relational Database Service Available from the Amazon which enables us to spin up any relational database instance without having to worry about the infrastructure behind it. Users can connect to this instance very easily and start building database applications with ease. This article will focus more on how to configure the RDS MySQL Environment and not much on the MySQL details.

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Aveek Das
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Programmatic access to Power BI PowerShell commandlets

May 25, 2020 by

In this article, I am going to demonstrate how to access the Power BI PowerShell commandlets. In the previous article in this series, we discussed how to programmatically access the Power BI Service using the REST APIs available. PowerShell is one of the most frequently used and preferred ways of automating monotonous manual jobs and scripting those. PowerShell comes integrated with Windows, so it can be easily used from any Windows machine.

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Aveek Das
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Working with Azure SQL databases using Azure CLI 2.0

May 22, 2020 by

In my previous article, Getting started with Azure CLI 2.0, I have explained how to get started with the Azure CLI 2.0. I have also explained how to install it on a local machine and demonstrated a few commands. In this article, I’m going to explain how to create a SQL Database using Azure CLI 2.0. Further, in the later part of the article, I’ll also show how to create a backup of the SQL Database using Azure CLI. Creating a SQL Database using the Azure CLI helps us to get things automated and removes the error-prone manual creation of the databases and backups.

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