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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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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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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From the Blogs
Abstract illustration of linked SQL Servers
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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Nov 11, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 14: Establishing Synchronization Checks

When compared to AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances or clustered deployments of SQL Server, one of the main problems with AlwaysOn AGs is that a single database is made to straddle multiple hosts....More
Stretch SQL Server into Azure
Nov 5, 2014
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SQL PASS Summit 2014 Day One Keynote

Highlights from the PASS Summit 2014 day one keynote....More
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