Michael Otey

Michael
Otey

Michael Otey, Senior Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products. Follow Michael on Google+ and Twitter.

Articles
Setup SQL Server AlwaysOn Replicas in Microsoft Azure
Azure can be a cost-effective alternative to setting up your own private disaster recovery site. Learn a couple of different ways that you can use Azure as a disaster recovery location for SQL Server.
The Azure Experience
Michael Otey shares with readers his hands-on experience using the new Microsoft Azure. Learn why you might want to give the new Azure a try.
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Increasing the SSMS Table Designer Timeout Value
Are you getting an error changing the schema for a table using the Table Designer in SQL Server Management Studio? Learn how to fix the problem!
Sizing In-Memory OLTP Hash Indexes
Learn how to size the bucket_count value for SQL Server 2014's In-Memory OLTP hash indexes.
Q & A
SQL Server 2014's In-Memory Technology May Require Database Changes 4
There are a good number of SQL Server data types and features that aren't support by this initial release of In-Memory OLTP.
Brad Anderson speaking at Microsoft TechEd 2014
The New Microsoft
Expect a more rapid rate of change from Microsoft—especially for Azure-based services—as well as a better hybrid experience that incorporates more mobile devices and other technologies.
HammerDB Transaction Counter
Generating a TPC-C OLTP Workload
Learn about a free tool that you can use to generate a TPC-like workload on your SQL Server system.
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SQL Server 2014 Launch About What You Don’t Get
Microsoft's data platform vision is all about the future, but there are many SQL Server 2014 users that won’t get any of this cool stuff that makes up this new data platform.
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SQL Server TCP and UDP Ports
Tired of trying to figure out which TCP and UDP ports SQL Server uses? This quick reference points you in the right direction.
Q & A
SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition Licensing
Learn whether or not the SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is licensed per user and, if so, if it limited to a single user at a time.
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SQL Server 2014 Express Editions
Learn about the new SQL Server 2014 Express editions.
SQL Server 2014 Hits General Availability—No April Fools
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2014 for General Availability.
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Top 10 New Features in SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 has plenty of significant enhancements, but there are no major changes to SSIS, SSRS, or SSRS. Here is Michael Otey's list of the top 10 new features you'll find in SQL Server 2014.

Visual Studio Online FAQs
Microsoft has recently released Visual Studio Online, a newer version of Team Foundation Service. Here are some FAQs about the cloud-based development software.
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The Evolution of SQL Server 2014 2
See how SQL Server has evolved into an enterprise data platform over the past two decades.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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