Databases


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.

Azure SQL Database Service Getting Migration and Information Protection Options

Microsoft this week announced various Azure SQL Database improvements, including migration, high-availability and information protection options.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 2

More from Microsoft's lead SQL architect about how telemetry data is helping the company deliver regular, highly requested and targeted feature improvements at a massive scale.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Microsoft's lead SQL architect explains how the company collects -- and secures -- telemetry data from Azure SQL Database customers to improve its engineering process.

Spectre and Meltdown: How Do They Impact SQL Server?

IT needs to patch everything, but the Spectre/Meltdown patches come with their own problems, too. Here's how to limit the fallout.

Microsoft Rolls Out Second Update to SQL Operations Studio

The latest improvements to Microsoft's SQL Operations Studio (MSOS) are now available, marking the data management tool's second update since its public preview debut at November's PASS Summit.

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