Manvendra Singh

Manvendra Singh
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Manage Azure Blob Storage using Azure Storage Explorer

May 13, 2022 by

I will explore how to manage Azure blob storage using storage explorer. Azure blob storage is a storage solution to store various types of data at a massive scale in the cloud environment. If you have a large number of storage accounts in Azure storage, then it will be difficult to manage them. Microsoft has developed a desktop application to manage Azure storage accounts easily. This desktop application is known as Azure storage explorer which is used to manage Azure storage accounts. Read the attached article to learn how to download and install Azure storage explorer, “Getting started with Azure storage explorer”.

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Understanding Azure BLOB storage and its uses in SQL Server

April 26, 2022 by

This article will describe Azure blob storage, its features along with its uses in SQL Server. I have explored the basics of Azure storage in my last article, “Getting started with Azure Storage”, I would recommend you read this article to learn various storage options available in Microsoft Azure. The blob storage is one of the storage options offered under Azure storage discussed in this article.

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Change Access Tiers of a blob and Azure storage account

April 20, 2022 by

This article will explain the Access Tier property of Azure storage. I will also explain how to change access tiers of an Azure storage account and for a specific blob object in this article. We have explored the basics of Azure storage in my last articles below which I would suggest you read to understand Azure blob storage.

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Upgrade an Azure blob storage account type from BlobStorage or GPv1 to GPv2

April 15, 2022 by

This article will explain the steps of upgrading the Azure blob storage account type from legacy storage account type BlobStorage or GPv1 to GPv2. Microsoft Azure keeps on adding and upgrading their services. They also persuade customers to upgrade their services which were initially provisioned on older or legacy versions. This article will discuss steps about upgrading the Azure blob storage account that is running on standard performance tier GPv1 or BlobStorage to its latest version standard performance tier GPv2.

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Getting started with Azure storage explorer

April 8, 2022 by

This article will explain Azure storage explorer, its installations, and details of how to start working with this application to access Azure storage services. Azure storage provides a flexible solution to store various types of data at a massive scale in the cloud environment. If you have many storage accounts in Azure storage, then it will be difficult to manage them. Microsoft has recognized this problem and developed a desktop application Azure storage explorer to manage Azure storage accounts easily. It can be installed on Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems.

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Getting started with Azure Storage

April 1, 2022 by

This article will help you understand the Azure storage options available in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft Azure provides various services to store data depending on their type, nature, shape, and size. Data could be anything like an image, a video, a text file, a database file to store customer’s data, or data that comes from a digital medium like online retail websites or YouTube, etc. There are various types of data available, and one storage solution cannot fit all distinct types of data storage requirements.

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Understanding security testing for SQL Server environments

March 3, 2022 by

This article will explain various aspects of security testing for the SQL Server environment. Security is a very critical area for any database environment. We must properly plan, deploy, and audit database security measures to protect and prevent any unauthorized access of the data. We should also perform regular security testing to ensure we have the right set of rules and policies in place to secure our database environment. Database security measures also help any organization to protect its data to maintain its privacy and integrity.

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Database security testing using SQL Server Vulnerability Assessments

January 28, 2022 by

I will explain how to use and perform security testing using SQL Server vulnerability assessment in this article. I have explained basic understanding about multiple layers of security that we configure to protect our SQL Server instances in my last article. I have also explained about security testing at each layer we should perform to understand how secure our systems are. I would request you to read this article, Understanding security testing for SQL Server environments to learn more about them.

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Getting started with the SQL UPDATE syntax

December 22, 2021 by

This article will help you understand the SQL UPDATE syntax used in SQL Server. Microsoft SQL Server is a database system that is used to store various types of data which is logically arranged in form of tables, columns, and rows. As businesses need changes or new requirements come, we need to modify this data stored in the table. We use the SQL UPDATE syntax to modify or update existing data in a table or view in SQL Server. We can use this statement to modify a single unit of data field as well as multiple sets of data fields based on our requirements.

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SQL Server GETDATE () function and its use cases

December 16, 2021 by

This article will discuss an overview and use cases of the SQL Server GETDATE () function which is used to return the current date and time of the system on which SQL Server instance is running. There are several date-time related functions in SQL Server for distinct requirements like SYSDATETIME, CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, etc. All these functions will return the current date-time of the system on which the SQL Server is running. The only difference of having these many functions is the accuracy of the length of timestamp like till what precision you want to return your date time output. I will show you the output of some of these date-time functions and compare them with SQL Server GETDATE () function.

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Understanding the SQL MIN statement and its use cases

December 3, 2021 by

Today, I will explain an overview of the SQL MIN () function along with its several use cases in this article. This function is categorized under aggregate functions in SQL Server. Aggregate functions perform a calculation on a set of values from a specified expression and return a single value in their output. Aggregate functions return the same value every time you execute them unless your source data is changed.

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How to restore an Azure SQL Database

November 30, 2021 by

I will explain how to restore an Azure SQL database in case you need to recover some data, or somebody has deleted your database in this article. Databases restore is the common activity a DBA performs in his day-to-day activities to meet various business requirements. We should also perform regular restores to ensure our backups are healthy and restorable in case of any emergency. Here, I will create an Azure SQL database named TestDB along with a table Employee inside this database and then recover them by restoring its automatic backups.

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Managing Retention period of Azure SQL Database Backup

November 24, 2021 by

Azure SQL Database is a fully managed SQL Server database engine based on the latest stable version of SQL Server enterprise edition. This is Database as a Service offering under the PaaS model in the Azure cloud. It offers in-built high availability capability and reduces the manageability efforts by automating administration activities like backups, patching, etc. Backups are managed automatically by Azure for all PaaS database deployments. This article will explain one of the configuration item retention periods of Azure SQL database backups.

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Understanding Backups for Azure SQL Database

November 18, 2021 by

Azure SQL database is Database as a Service offering under the PaaS model in the Azure cloud. It is a fully managed SQL Server database engine that uses the latest stable version of SQL Server enterprise edition. This database service offers rich functionalities to increase the availability with the help of in-built high availability capability and reduce the manageability efforts by using easy and smooth deployments, automatic backup, and patching, etc. We generally use this deployment for modern cloud-compatible applications or if we want to leverage hyperscale or serverless options. This article will explain Azure SQL database backups to help you understand how backups work for these databases in the background and how can we use them for our data protection and recovery requirements.

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Getting started with Azure SQL

November 8, 2021 by

This article will help you understand Azure SQL and its deployment options available in the Azure cloud. This article would be helpful to you if you are planning to migrate your SQL Server workloads to Azure cloud or want to provision a SQL database for your new application development. You will learn which deployment option would be beneficial for your database workload in this article.

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SQL Server Interview questions and answers

October 25, 2021 by

This article will help you to learn and prepare SQL Server interview questions and answers. If you are looking for a job change or want to improve your interview skills, then you must go through with this article along with questions & answers given in this article. I have tried to answer each question in a very precise manner which most interviewers want to listen to these days.

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SQL Interview questions and answers

October 20, 2021 by

This article will walk you through some SQL interview questions and answers to help you with a job change or if you want to improve your interview skills. I have also tried to attach supporting articles for each question to help you learn more in-depth about the specified topics. I tried to answer each question in a very precise manner which most the interviewers want to listen to these days. If you want to learn more about the topic asked, you can visit the attached link given for that question.

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Performance impact analysis of enabling Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) on SQL Server

October 14, 2021 by

Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) encrypts database files to secure your data. It also encrypts the tempdb database to secure your data in a temporary space. The process of encryption and decryption adds additional overhead to the database system. Even non-encrypted databases hosted on the same SQL Server instance would have some performance degradation because of tempdb encryption. Today I will show you performance impact analysis using few simple T-SQL statements by comparing their stats gathered before and after enabling TDE.

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Understanding the TDE SCAN process in Transparent Data Encryption

September 30, 2021 by

Transparent Data Encryption is a SQL Server feature that is used to protect data stored in SQL Server databases. The process to enable TDE on any user database is a straightforward method. Once we enable TDE on any user database, SQL Server performs a scan for each data page into the buffer pool and then writes the encrypted pages back to disk. The process of scanning each data page is known as TDE scan. Any database is fully encrypted once the TDE scan will be completed for all data pages of the database.

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Remove Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) from SQL Server user databases

September 24, 2021 by

Transparent Data Encryption is getting popular these days because every business owner is serious about protecting their data. Everybody wants to use the latest encryption technologies to make sure their systems are more secure and stable. SQL Server also offers some encryption features to protect client’s data like TDE (Transparent Data Encryption), Always Encrypt, etc. Sometimes, business wants to transform their existing encryption solution by implementing its advance versions or encryptions. You must remove the existing encryption solution before implementing any newer solution.

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Impact of TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) on Tempdb databases

September 15, 2021 by

This article will explain the impact of TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) on one of the crucial system databases, tempdb. Everybody wants to secure their data to prevent unauthorized access and use. SQL Server is a very popular enterprise RDBMS system that is used to store client’s data inside their databases. It also offers multiple features to secure the data stored in the databases. TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is one of those features which is used to secure SQL Server databases by encrypting their database files. TDE protects data by applying encryption using a certificate which is also protected by the master key.

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Understanding Instant File Initialization after enabling TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) on SQL Server databases

August 19, 2021 by

SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) enables encryption on database files to secure its databases. Enabling TDE might have some adverse effects on your database system or on some database features. We must understand our database environment and plan accordingly before opting and deploying any new feature to production systems.

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