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Joseph D'Antoni

Migrating SQL Server to the cloud

As organizations move to the cloud, they face many challenges, like security, networking, and performance. Because database servers are critical to all applications, this puts SQL Server in the center of these challenges.

Author: Joseph D'Antoni

Ryan Kennedy

Azure Cloud Data Resources

The article covers each Azure data resource and what it does at a surface level to help you get started with all of the data services Azure has to offer.

Author: Ryan Kennedy

Sergey Gigoyan

SQL Server Configuration Manager Error The Parameter is Invalid

In this article we look at the SQL Server Configuration Manager error "the parameter is invalid" and how to solve this when moving the master database.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan

Arshad Ali

Using MERGE in SQL Server to insert, update and delete at the same time

In this tip we look at an example to help you better understand how the SQL Server MERGE statement works.

Author: Arshad Ali

Eric Blinn

What is a Relational Database?

In this article we take a high level look at what a relational database is and some of the key terminology used for relational databases.

Author: Eric Blinn

Manvendra Singh

How to Upgrade SQL Server Management Studio and Azure Data Studio

Learn how to get the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio and Azure Data Studio along with the steps to upgrade to the latest version.

Author: Manvendra Singh

Daniel Calbimonte

Format SQL Server Dates with FORMAT Function

SQL Server 2008 and earlier used the CONVERT functions to handle date formatting. In this tip, we look at how to use the FORMAT function for Date and Time formatting in SQL Server.

Author: Daniel Calbimonte

Hristo Hristov

Execute SQL Queries from Microsoft Power Apps

This tip showcases the most vital points to keep in mind when you query lots of SQL Server data when using Power Apps.

Author: Hristo Hristov

Rajendra Gupta

Azure SQL Database Ledger Getting Started and Examples

In this second tip in this series we look at how to configure and implement Azure SQL Database Ledger with scripts and examples.

Author: Rajendra Gupta

Ron L'Esteve

Getting Started with Azure Purview for Data Governance

In this article we will explore how to get started with Azure Purview and then explore some of the features within Purview Studio.

Author: Ron L'Esteve

Rajendra Gupta

Introduction to Azure SQL Database Ledger for Data Tampering Protection

In this tip, we will explore different components, features, and benefits of Azure SQL Database Ledger for making sure your data has not been tampered with.

Author: Rajendra Gupta

Rick Dobson

Opening JSON Data with T-SQL

The T-SQL code samples in this tip illustrate ways of displaying JSON formatted data in SQL Server as well as how to transfer JSON formatted data to SQL Server tables.

Author: Rick Dobson

Aubrey Love

How to Shrink SQL Server Database Files

In this article we walk through an example of how SQL Server database files grow and then the steps to take to shrink a database file.

Author: Aubrey Love

Kenneth A. Omorodion

Notify Users of Power BI Dataset Changes

In this article we cover the steps on how to send notifications to business users when a change in a dataset used for Power BI has occurred.

Author: Kenneth A. Omorodion

Koen Verbeeck

Getting Started with Azure Data Factory - Part 1

In this article we walk thru steps of how to get started with Azure Data Factory and build a simple pipeline in ADF.

Author: Koen Verbeeck

Jim Evans

Getting Started with SQL INNER JOIN

Learn how to write a SQL INNER JOIN with these simple SQL Server examples using the AdventureWorks database.

Author: Jim Evans

Sergey Gigoyan

Move SQL Server Files for Master Database

In this second part of this article we look at how to move the SQL Server master database files to a different location.

Author: Sergey Gigoyan

Hristo Hristov

Power BI Comments Form with Power Apps

In this article we look at how you setup Power Apps for users to leave comments on the report or a part of the report.

Author: Hristo Hristov

Joe Gavin

How to Find Unused Databases in SQL Server

In this article we look at how to identify if SQL Server databases are not being used and a process to take these unused databases offline.

Author: Joe Gavin

Manvendra Singh

Step by Step Process to Add Full Text Search on SQL Server 2019

In this article we walk through the steps to install the Full Text Search feature for an existing SQL Server 2019 installation.

Author: Manvendra Singh

Ron L'Esteve

Azure Databricks Access Controls and Row Level Security

Azure Databricks has a number of Access Controls and Row Level Security options that we will explore in this article.

Author: Ron L'Esteve


Debunking the Myths: Cloud HA and DR common misconceptions

While the benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, it is not as clear for business critical applications, such as SQL Server that require high availability and disaster recovery protection.

Author: SIOS


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