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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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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