Databases


Denny Cherry's Top Tips for Indexing SQL Server Tables

A SQL Server expert gives his take on the absolute, No. 1, very worst thing IT pros can do when it comes to indexing.

Microsoft Switching SQL Server to Bimonthly Cumulative Updates

Microsoft on Monday announced a couple of SQL Server changes, including a change to the delivery schedule for cumulative updates (CUs), along with a change to how slipstreamed media will work for new deployments.

SQL Server 2019's Big Data Clusters Explained

The biggest feature in the SQL Server 2019 preview launched at Ignite is SQL Server Big Data clusters. Travis Wright, Microsoft's principal program manager for SQL Server, explains exactly what this means for administrators.

Introducing SQL Server 2019: What's New in the Public Preview

Microsoft announced the latest preview of its next-gen SQL Server product at Ignite. Here's a rundown of everything the new release promises, from performance enhancements to security and availability perks.

5 SQL Server Components You Should Be Using

Microsoft's rapid-fire release cycle for SQL Server means it's easy for database admins to miss useful new features. Here are some recent additions that might otherwise fly under the radar.

Migrating a Major SQL Server Workload to Azure: The Good, Bad and Ugly

You're going to need a bigger network connection.

Microsoft's July 10 Windows Patches Also Caused SQL Server Failures

Organizations that applied Microsoft's July 10 "update Tuesday" Windows patches may have experienced SQL Server failures after rebooting their servers.

New Extended Security Updates Program Can Add Three Years of Support to SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Products

Microsoft on Thursday announced new Extended Security Updates plans that add three years of patch support for organizations using SQL Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2008/R2 products.

Q&A: The State of SQL Server Tools Development

Microsoft's SQL Server toolbox is a complicated ecosystem, and differentiating one tool from another is a challenge. Vicky Harp, lead program manager of the SQL Server tools team, clarifies Microsoft's vision for its tools landscape.

Plotting Your Next Move as a DBA in the Cloud Era

With the tech landscape changing so rapidly, many IT pros are at a crossroads: Practice and perfect core skillsets, or get a head start on bleeding-edge technologies?

Microsoft Rolls Out SQL Advanced Threat Protection

Microsoft this week announced SQL Advanced Threat Protection, which is described as "a new security package" for Azure SQL Database users.

Containers: The Future of Database Infrastructure?

Databases usually lag behind other servers in moving to new architecture, but containerization brings enough major improvements to convince even the most old-school DBAs.

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 Now Available

Microsoft announced the availability of SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 on Tuesday.

Azure Database Now Has MySQL and PostgreSQL Options

Microsoft this week announced the commercial availability of Azure Database services for both MySQL and PostgreSQL.

A Closer Look at the Newest Azure SQL Database Features

Microsoft's cloud DBaaS has had a whirlwind month with the introduction of managed instances, database migration tools and more. Here's what each feature does and when to use it.

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