Deploying a Database on Azure SQL

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Azure SQL Database is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offered by Microsoft Azure. Hence, you need the Azure subscription to use this SQL Database. Azure offers new subscribers a free subscription and $200 worth of resources for 30 days. Recently I revived my relationship with MS Azure and explored the platform a little bit, using the Warner Chaves’ PluralSight Azure SQL Database for SQL Server DBAs training for the start.

In this article, I will explore the steps required to create an SQL Server in Azure and deploy a small database. Here I am using a free tier subscription, and the resources are on the basic level.  Further, I’ll explain these terms.

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10 Tips & Tricks To Work With SQL Server Management Studio

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SSMS provides access for managing and solving queries in SQL. However, besides its primary and most demanded options, it includes lots of tips and tricks that you might not be aware of. They help enhance the productivity of your work, though.

In this article, we’ll describe those tips you can use in SSMS to increase your efficiency and reduce the time spent on routine.

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How to Configure Database Mail in SQL Server

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Notifications are usual in most modern systems. SQL Server implemented means of sending notifications by email early with the feature called SQL Mail. In SQL Server 2005, Database Mail was released, and we still have Database Mail working in current versions of SQL Server. Given this background, we can say that Database Mail is a very mature feature in SQL Server.  

I faced some use cases related to the Database Mail deployment in my experience.

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How to Make Sense of SQL Server Geography Data Type

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SQL Server Geography data type is unlike other types simply because you don’t use it often. It’s not like varcharintfloat, or DateTime present in every table, at least in one type.

Do we need the SQL Server Geography data type? To make sense of something new, we need to answer three fundamental questions:

What problems does it solve? The answer lies in use cases.
What are the things involved in studying it? You will learn a few basic definitions and acronyms. I collected only the important stuff, so it won’t bore you.
Are there examples to further explain how it works and is it easy to implement? Our kind lives with code. We eat and sleep with it. So, we’re going to have sample codes in this post.

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7 Facts About SQL Server Synonyms You Should Know

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Before SQL Server Synonyms appeared, everyone wished to simplify and enhance their database experience.

Imagine you have an application with a database that references another database from the same server. Then, a major reorganization forces your team to transfer the other database to another server.

There is no doubt your application will break. But what will you do in that case? Link the 2 servers and hardcode all the references (again) to point to the new server?

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Best SQL Tools for Database Developers and Administrators

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For a SQL database developer, it is essential to have the necessary SQL tools in hand, which enable to reduce the development time of given functionality. The same is true for the tester. For a database administrator, it is also important to have monitoring tools.

In this article, we are going to look at some MS SQL Server development and monitoring tools, such as:

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Searching for Database Objects and Table Data in SQL Server

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If you are a SQL Server database administrator or developer, you need to frequently search for specific database objects the names of which you can only partly remember. The manual approach to performing these search operations is time-consuming, especially when the database has a large number of objects.

Another scenario is one in which you want to search for specific data in all database tables. In this case, you need to run a SELECT statement multiple times based on the number of database tables or views you want to search in, or write a complex cursor to loop and search in all database tables, which requires advanced SQL Server development skills.

In this article, we will look at different ways of searching for a specific database object or data in SQL Server, going gradually from built-in methods and diving into a 3rd-party tool that makes it a piece of cake to get the requested database object or data. Read More

Accelerated Database Recovery in SQL Server 2019

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An Overview of Traditional Recovery

As with all relational database systems, SQL Server guarantees the durability of data by implementing crash recovery. Durability in the acronym ACID which refers to the characteristics of transactions in relational databases means that we can be assured that if the database fails suddenly, our data is safe.

SQL Server implements this capability using the transaction log. Changes made by all Data Manipulation Operations in SQL Server are captured in the transaction log before being applied to data files (through the checkpoint process) in case it’s needed to roll back or roll forward.

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