Happy Friday! Need something to get you through your work day? Here's our top SQL Server articles from across the net that we think you'll enjoy!

5 SQL Server Tools to Give You a Boost

In this informative article by Jayleen Heft, you'll find five different and free SQL Server tools that help boost your day-to-day productivity, along with tools that help increase database performance and optimization.

Microsoft Increases Storage for SQL Databases Hosted in Azure

Blair Greenwood (@blair_greenwood) covers news emerging from Microsoft's Build developer conference, and also explains newly-announced SQL Server features that integrate nicely with Microsoft Azure.

Backing Up Older SQL Server Version Databases to Microsoft Azure

In this Windows IT Pro article, Rod Trent (@rodtrent) show you how easy it is to back up older versions of SQL Server to Microsoft Azure with these step-by-step instructions.

When Should You Create New SQL Server Indexes?

SQL Server MVP, Denny Cherry (@mrdenny), shows you how to easily spot when it's time to create new SQL Server indexes to improve database performance.

SQL Server 2014 Launch – A Community Affair

PASS President and SQL Server MVP, Thomas LaRock (@SQLRockstar), wrote a great commentary on how strong the SQL Server community is as a whole, along with suggestions for how to get more involved.

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