SQL Azure

Murilo Miranda

Cloud Witness – A new feature to make our lives easier

September 4, 2015 by

In order to have a well-configured cluster we need to setup the quorum properly, but there’s more…Here is where the Cloud Witness comes to help.

In this article, I’m going to present something that would be very useful if was already been released, but no, I need to anxiously wait for the next version of Windows Server to be released, in order to start implementing this. Even though, I’m going to share with you, SQL Shack reader, why I’m so excited with that small and simple feature.

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Daniel Calbimonte

Using MS Excel to access to a relational SQL Database in Azure

August 14, 2015 by

Introduction

There are great Microsoft tools to access to SQL Server in Azure. However, as a Database Developers and Administrators we need to help the end user to access to the information using a familiar and intuitive interface.

Most of the end users have a good knowledge in MS Excel. That is why it is recommended to connect our SQL Azure database to Excel. That way, the end user will be able to easily create reports, charts and generate useful information.

In this chapter, we will show how to connect to SQL Azure using Microsoft Excel.

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Brian Bønk Rueløkke

The DBAs guide to stretch database

August 11, 2015 by

One of the new features in SQL Server 2016 – and there is a lot – is the ability to stretch the on premise databases to an Azure environment.

This blogpost will cover some of the aspects of this – including:

  • Primarily setup – how to get started
  • Monitoring state of databases that are in ‘stretch mode’
  • Daily work with stretch databases
  • Backup – what’s good to know
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Murilo Miranda

Stretch Database – The art of extend to reduce

August 7, 2015 by

Let’s continue the hybrid saga! After two articles talking about the Azure Blob Storage and what we can do using it, it’s time to check an alternative solution, that does the same of what was presented in the last article (a Hybrid Database used as archival solution for who didn’t read). This time we are not using the Azure Blob Storage, but we are still using Azure!

The feature is…Stretch Database

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Murilo Miranda

Azure Blob Storage – Literally a Hybrid database deployment

August 4, 2015 by

In continuation to our hybrid deployment series, we will check few more options in order to integrate on-premises and Azure, using of course SQL Server.

In the last article we talked about Azure Blob Storage and how to use this service to store a SQL Server database entirely there. Meaning that we can have our instance in our datacenter, see the server in front of you, and still have your database stored in the cloud, with your data and log files out of your disks.

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Daniel Calbimonte

Bcp and linked servers to Azure

July 13, 2015 by

Introduction

Sometimes, we need to use the command line to copy tables using the command line. In this new chapter, we will use the BCP command to copy tables from a local machine to the SQL Server in Azure. The BCP is a very fast bulk copy tools used for this purpose.

We will also learn how to create a Linked Server in our local machine to Azure. The Linked Servers are very powerful features of SQL Server to connect SQL Server to different Data Sources like Excel, MS Access, Oracle, MySQL, and several databases. In this example, we will connect to SQL Azure.

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Murilo Miranda

Backups to Azure – How can I do this?

July 3, 2015 by

With the evolution of the Cloud, specifically talking about Azure, SQL Server team started to take advantage of the new opened horizon. We already discussed pros and cons of send backups to Azure, now let’s check how to do this!

Following the “Hybrid Scenarios series”, we already discussed about the connectivity options, and pros and cons of store our backup files in Azure.

In this article, we will specifically talk about the two options that we currently have, involving Azure: Blob Storage and Managed Backups.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to use PowerShell to create a SQL Virtual Machine in Azure

June 4, 2015 by

Introduction

The first time that you create your VM in Azure manually using the UI is a very pleasant experience. However, when you have hundred and sometimes thousands of computers it is extremely exhausting and boring to create and configure it.

With PowerShell, it is possible to automate several administrative tasks and create scripts to automatically create VMs, enable ports, download and create remote desktop files, administer services, etc.

In this new chapter, we will show how to create a Virtual Machine in Azure with SQL Server installed using PowerShell.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to work migrate backups, files and scripts to/from the cloud using the command line

May 26, 2015 by

Introduction

Sometimes we need to move our local files, SQL scripts, backups from our local machine to Azure or vice versa. This can be done manually by accessing to Azure and using a browser, but there are other methods to automatically do this. This article describes the Microsoft Azure Storage Tool. This is a command line tool used to upload data to Azure from a local machine or to download data from Azure to our local machine. The article will describe step by step how to work with this tool.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to work handle SQL Azure Databases with PowerShell

May 5, 2015 by

Introduction

PowerShell is a shell used specially to automate administrative tasks.

It is an incredible tool used to programmatically automate tasks like SQL Server tasks, Exchange tasks, Windows tasks, etc. It is very useful to integrate different Microsoft and sometimes non-Microsoft programs.

In this new tutorial, we will show how to install PowerShell for Azure and then how to use it. We will create some databases, edit database properties and retrieve database information using PowerShell.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to work with the command line and Azure to automate tasks

April 20, 2015 by

Introduction

The sqlcmd is a very powerful tool to run SQL Server scripts, T-SQL commands. It is also very useful in disaster recovery situations like restoring the master database.

The sqlcmd can also be used in the Cloud, specifically with SQL Server Azure. In this new article, we will describe how to connect from a local machine to an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) with SQL Server Installed using sqlcmd.

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Daniel Calbimonte

How to migrate your database to an Azure Virtual Machine

March 31, 2015 by

In one of my articles about Microsoft Azure, I show how to create credentials and how to connect to an Azure Database using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). In this new article, we will talk about the Azure Virtual Machines and we will learn how to connect to them using our local SSMS. You will require unblocking ports, add endpoints and other tasks that I will explain later. We will also learn how to export a local database to an Azure Virtual Machine with SQL Server installed.

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