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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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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Microsoft's Power BI for Office 365 Now Available

Microsoft has announced that their next generation of self-service business intelligence, Power BI for Office 365, is now available for public consumption.

Premium SQL Database for Windows Azure Preview Available Now

Microsoft has just unveiled the preview availability for their forthcoming Premium database offering for Windows Azure SQL Database service.

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Sep 12, 2014
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Managing a Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance. Here’s a quick refresher....More
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Sep 9, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 5: Setting Up Failover Alerts

Alerts represent a great way to take a proactive stance on being notified or alerted when something ugly, potentially ugly, or important happens on a SQL Server. On most servers that I manage, I typically deploy a whole bevy of different alerts....More
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Sep 5, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 4: Synchronizing Server-Level Details

When setting up HA or HA+DR solutions with SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it's critical to remember that the basic unit of failover in these scenarios is the availability group (or the group of user-defined databases)....More
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