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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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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