Rod Trent

Rod
Trent

Rod Trent is the owner of myITforum.com, a Microsoft BackOffice administrators’ Web site and training company. He is an enterprise systems management expert for SearchSystemsManagement.com and a freelance technology author. His most recent book is Admin911:SMS (Osborne/McGraw-Hill).

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CU5 for SQL Server 2014 Brings Fixes and Enhanced Support for Azure SQL Database
CU5 has released and amid the accumulated updates Microsoft is providing some useful functions for Azure SQL Database management.
Monitor SQL Server 2014 for Proactive Management and Minimal Downtime
Microsoft has released an updated Management Pack that adds new functionality to monitoring SQL Server 2014.
IT/Dev Connections 2015 Registration Opens!
Some think it might be difficult to improve on the 2014 event, but IT/Dev Connections 2015 is going to be even better.
SQL Server PHP and JDBC Drivers Released to GA
The drivers for PHP and JDBC for SQL Server spent just around a month in beta and are now publicly available.
Hottest Technologies of 2015? You Decide
In less time than it takes to "Like" the latest Facebook post about Six Million Dollar Man lunch boxes, you can help us shape the top technology trend predictions for 2015.
Auditing for Azure SQL Database Exits Preview
After just 3 months in preview, Auditing for Azure SQL Database is now publicly available.
SQL Server Gets PHP Support, Java Support on the Way
Today Microsoft has released a driver to allow PHP developers to connect directly with SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.
Microsoft's Azure SQL Database-as-a-Service Improvements Highlighted at Pass Summit 2014
At the Pass Summit today, Microsoft kicked off the event with announcements around upcoming improvements to Azure SQL and also unveiled a Machine Learning free-for-all.
Cumulative Update 4 Released for SQL Server 2014
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2014 CU4, and it contains over 50 hotfixes.
Azure SQL Database Pricing Altered by Microsoft Before General Availability

During the Azure SQL Database Preview period, Microsoft took feedback from testers and developed new pricing schemes, a new performance offering, and enabled hourly billing.

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Migrating Other Databases to SQL Server and Azure SQL Database
Azure offers options for utilizing other database types, making it a very open data platform, but Microsoft makes using SQL Server in the cloud much easier and much more affordable.
Microsoft Fixes SQL Server 2012 SP2 ISO Problem
It took a couple weeks, but the issue where the SQL Server 2012 SP2 ISO didn't actually include SP2 has now been fixed.
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SQL Server 2012 SP2 ISO Released Without SP2, Fix Imminent

The slipstream ISO for SQL Server 2012 SP2 recently delivered to TechNet and MSDN subscribers does not actually include SP2.

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Due to Performance Issues, Microsoft Updates Guidelines on SQL Server Setups in Azure

Microsoft has updated the best practices for using SQL Server in Azure. There is now a checklist of 18 items that customers should review as part of the SQL Server deployment in a virtual machine (VM) that resides on Microsoft Azure.

A Tale About SQL Service Packs for 2014

Many may not realize, but mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 ends on July 8, 2014.

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Dec 16, 2014
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Eight SQL Server Signs the Illuminati Exist

Make no mistake about it, the signs that the Illuminati exist are all around us. You can find their markings on our buildings, on our currency and even in our music videos. That’s right, they’re everywhere!...More
Dec 2, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 16: Job Synchronization Checkup Logic

With Linked Servers configured to allow cross-host or cross-box communication between the servers you’re using to host your AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it’s time to start looking at some scripts that can be used to regularly check whether or not SQL Server Agent jobs are correctly synchronized across all servers in your topology....More
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Nov 18, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 15: Setting Up Linked Servers

Learn about setting up Linked Server definitions to let two (or more) servers in an AlwaysOn Availability Group talk to each other and check up on job statuses of jobs running on each other....More
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