Michael Otey, Senior Technical Director for SQL Server Pro, outlines in this webcast video how to take advantage of all the options for SQL Server vritualization while also gaining the most performance advantages.
In spite of technical and operational challenges, the stacking of SQL Server instances is something we should be driving toward in order to achieve the significant economic benefits of stacking instances....More
Check out this tool to help you analyze the financial trade-offs of using different licensing options for SQL Server running on a virtual machine (VM), which Microsoft calls a Virtual OS Environment (OSE)....More
Microsoft has updated the best practices for using SQL Server in Azure. There is now a checklist of 18 items that customers should review as part of the SQL Server deployment in a virtual machine (VM) that resides on Microsoft Azure....More
An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences.
It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab. ...More
The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More