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.

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SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 6
Learn how to get SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014.
Session 2: Creating Synchronous, Asynchronous and Read-Only Replicas 

Running Time: 56 minutes |

In this session, you'll see how you can create AlwaysOn Availability Groups that contain both synchronous and asynchronous replicas. You'll also see how you can offload reporting and backups to read-only replicas.

Session 3: Creating AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure 

Running Time: 50 minutes |

In the final session, you'll see how you can create SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability group replicas in Azure and use them for cloud-based disaster recovery.

Using the SQL Server Dedicated Administrator Connection
Learn how to use the SQL Server's Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC).
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Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud is Positioned to Win the Cloud Wars
Microsoft may not be the market leader in the cloud, but its new hybrid approach puts it in the best positioned best to provide useful and effective cloud services to businesses today.
Configuring AlwaysOn Read-Only Replicas 1
Learn how to configure your SQL Server AlwaysOn replica to allow read-only access.
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.

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From the Blogs
Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

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
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