Blair Greenwood

Blair
Greenwood

Blair Greenwood is an associate editor for SQL Server Pro, where she extensively covers database administration, development, and business intelligence industry trends and news. Follow her on Twitter at @blair_greenwood and Google+.

Articles
Eron Kelly explaining improvements made to SQL Server 2014.
Microsoft’s Eron Kelly on Power BI, SQL Server 2014 Performance Improvements 1
Eron Kelly talks about the strides that Microsoft has been making with SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365 tools.
Recent Data Sources in Power Query
Learn how to easily connect to a data source that has been recently used in Microsoft Power Query.
Using Entity Framework with the Visual Studio 14 CTP
Before diving into Entity Framework 6 or 7 in the new Visual Studio 14 CTP, there are several different limitations you need to be aware of.
Hadoop Summit: Azure HDInsight Now Supports Hadoop 2.4
Microsoft announced that Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.4 at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose.
Microsoft Announces 'Visual Studio 14'
Microsoft announced today that the first community technology preview (CTP) for the next version of Visual Studio is now available. Codenamed 'Visual Studio 14,' Microsoft anticipates that a final version will be available in 2015.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 Now Available
Microsoft is now rolling out the Visual Studio Update 3 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1 that's now available.
5 New Features Now Available in Microsoft Power Query
Microsoft recently announced several new features that are now available in a recent Power Query update. New features include the ability to connect easily to recent data sources, along with it being easier to distinguish public and organizational results.
Julia White presenting a demo at Microsoft TechEd 2014
Microsoft's Julia White on Power BI for Office 365
Julia White, General Manager of the Office Division at Microsoft, provides her insights on Power BI, which should be of interest to our SQL Server Pro readers.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Now Available for Download
At the Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference in Houston, the company revealed that the Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available for download.
Early Bird for IT/Dev Connections Ends May 31!
It's not too late to register for our IT/Dev Connections event to save with our early bird promotion. You'll get access to over 180 sessions spanning across SQL Server, Big Data, business intelligence, and more.
Best of TechEd 2014 Database Winners
At Microsoft TechEd 2014 in Houston, today we're honoring this year's Best of TechEd Award winners in our database-related categories.
TechEd 2014: New Disaster Recovery Features in Microsoft Azure
During the TechEd North America keynote in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced two new disaster recovery features for Microsoft Azure, which will help customers to better protect their data.
Forecasting in Power View for Office 365
Learn about the new forecasting feature in Power View for Office 365, along with tips on how to get started.
Join Us for the SQL Server IT/Dev Connections Online Event!
We're holding a two-day, online basic training event in June that gets you up-to-speed on all you need to know before our IT/Dev Connections, in-person event that's held in September later this year.
New Forecasting Capabilities in Power View for Office 365
Microsoft announced the availability of new forecasting capabilities in its cloud-hosted business intelligence (BI) offering, Power View for Office 365 at the Pass Business Analytics (BA) Conference.

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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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