John Savill

John
Savill

John Savill is a Windows technical specialist, an 11-time MVP, an MCSE for Private Cloud, and an MCITP: Virtualization Administrator for Windows Server 2008 R2, and he's ITIL certified. He is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro. John is the author of The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 (Addison-Wesley) and Microsoft Virtualization Secrets (Wiley).

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SQL Server Options in Azure
Learn when you should use Azure SQL Database, and when you should use SQL Server running in an Azure IaaS VM.
Create A Virtual Machine
SQL Server License Requirements in Microsoft Azure
If you intend to host a long-term SQL Server instance on Microsoft Azure, it will likely be cheaper to install a regular Azure Windows Server VM and then install SQL Server and use your own SQL Server license.
Storage Performance for SQL Server in Azure IaaS

Learn about getting the best storage performance for SQL Server running on an Azure IaaS virtual machine.

What's in Microsoft System Center 2007?
Learn about the updated products that comprise the latest version of Microsoft System Center.
A DBA’s-Eye View of System Center 2007 3
Microsoft System Center 2007 products offer many new SQL Server management features, such as more detailed alerting, configuration management, and SQL Server–specific data protection.

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Browse back issues of SQL Server Pro, from January 2007 through the last issue published in April 2014. Find the back issues here.

 

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What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence 1

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
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