How to use JSON data in Azure Machine Learning

November 9, 2018 by

Azure Machine Learning (also known as Azure ML) is cloud-based machine learning solution of Microsoft. Microsoft Azure Machine Learning is a fully-managed cloud-based service that provides the ability to create and train predictive analytic solutions. Another advantage of Azure ML is that you can access and easily make changes anywhere in machine learning models with […]

Getting Started with Azure Cosmos DB and MongoDB API

November 7, 2018 by

In the previous article on Azure Cosmos DB, we reviewed NoSQL concepts and how to integrate with the Microsoft Azure platform-as-a-service model using the API. After working as a database engineer for over a decade, I feel that this technology is the future for many organizations for various reasons. I had that in mind as […]

Getting started with Azure Data Studio (ADS); initial installation and configuration

August 14, 2018 by

Microsoft Azure Data Studio is a new GUI-based (vs CLI) lightweight tool for developing and managing your modern SQL databases. The tool resembles Microsoft’s lightweight code editor, the open source IDE Visual Studio Code in terms of functionalities and the UI in general. If you’ve used Visual Studio Code (or VS Code), you’d feel at home […]

Backup and Restore operations with SQL Server 2017 on Docker containers using Azure Data Studio

July 19, 2018 by

In this 18th article of the series, we will discuss the concepts of database backup-and-restore of SQL Server Docker containers using Azure Data Studio. Before proceeding, you need to have Docker engine installed and Azure Data Studio configured on your host machine. This article covers the following topics: Overview of Azure Data Studio (ADS) How […]

Connecting to Azure SQL Database

May 23, 2018 by

The below screenshots and code samples are valid at the time of writing (May 2018) but as things in Azure can change so quickly, please check the latest documentation if a code sample doesn’t work as expected!

Integrating Azure SQL database alerts into Slack

April 27, 2018 by

Database administrators have a lot of tasks and responsibilities but perhaps the most challenging task is performance tuning. Because performance tuning issues can cause huge problems in the business area, database administrators have to monitor performance metrics and have to get immediate, if not sooner, notifications when the performance values cross an optimal state. Generally, […]

How to install and configure Azure Data Studio for Windows

February 1, 2018 by

Azure Data Studio is free, lightweight database development and operations cross-platform tool for private and commercial usage, that can be installed on Windows, macOS, and Linux for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Azure Data Studio is built to simplify work of database developers, database administrators, and system administrators. Azure Data […]

How to integrate SQL Server and Azure Machine Learning

January 11, 2018 by

Good, clean and reliable data is important for every company, because well-analyzed data will open new possibilities to success. When we look at successful companies, we see that they’ve analyzed customers, sales, and finance data very well. At this point, a game changer enters: machine learning. Machine learning Machine learning is a type of artificial […]

Introduction and FAQs about Microsoft Azure technologies

October 13, 2017 by

Most of the DBAs, Data Scientists, BI and Database developers are working on SQL Server on-premises. Is it time to migrate to the Cloud? In this new article, we will talk about numbers, statistics, Azure technologies like Virtual Machines with SQL Server, Azure SQL, Azure Data Factory, Azure Machine learning and other technologies.

How to connect to the Azure Storage Account with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

September 25, 2017 by

Introduction In SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), it is possible to connect to the Azure Storage. The Azure Storage Account is useful because it creates replicas automatically in the cloud. You only need to upload your file to the Azure Storage Account and the replication is automatic. You can have multiple replications in different regions […]

8 things to know about Azure Cosmos DB (formerly DocumentDB)

September 4, 2017 by

Introduction Azure Cosmos DB is a low-latency, high throughput, globally distributed, a multi-model database which can scale within minutes and offers 5 consistency options to let you decide how to deal with the CAP theorem. Azure Cosmos DB used to be known as Document DB, but since additional features were added it has now morphed […]

Configure Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure SQL Database

August 30, 2017 by

Introduction The new SSMS 17.2 allows users to authenticate using Active Directory with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This is a secure method for authentication where you have more than one method to validate your authentication. That way, you have a more secure authentication and prevent your Azure Portal or applications to be easily attacked by hackers […]