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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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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The Marginalization of SQL Server Standard Edition 5

Microsoft seems to be bent on marginalizing SQL Server Standard Edition—both in the sense of the artificial constraints placed upon how much memory it can use, and in terms of what seems to be a shift in focus on the role of Standard Edition from Microsoft....More
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Replication: Sometimes More is Less

The unconventionality of having two publications for complex, unruly databases typically ends up saving huge amounts of time over the long haul and makes replication much easier to manage....More
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