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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Big Data Speaks a New Language as Microsoft's Revolution Acquisition Completes
Microsoft today has confirmed it has finalized the acquisition of Revolution, bringing the R language to Big Data and to SQL Server.
IT/Dev Connections 2015 is a Deeply Technical, Community-Driven Conference

If you can only attend one technology conference this year, IT/Dev Connections 2015 could possibly your best bet.

IT/Dev Connections 2015 Call for Sessions Now Open!
The call for session proposals is now open for IT/Dev Connections 2015!
Rackspace Extends SQL Server 2014 to its Managed Private Cloud
Rackspace has announced that it is making SQL Server 2014 available as part of its Managed Private Cloud.
Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2012 SP2 Now Available
The latest cumulative update is available for SQL Server 2012 SP2.
Manage MDS Data for SQL 2014 Inside Excel with This New Add-in
A new add-in for Microsoft Excel users provides MDS access and functionality within the Office product.
Microsoft Connects Power BI to On-Premises SQL with Preview Tool
A new client connects SQL Server Analysis Services instance directly with Power BI Analysis Services.
CU5 for SQL Server 2014 Brings Fixes and Enhanced Support for Azure SQL Database 1
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.

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From the Blogs
Mar 17, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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