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I am passionate about using Microsoft Technology. Specialising in the Data Platform leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure – SQL server, Azure SQL DB, Azure SQL DW, Elastic Pools, Managed Instances, Azure Databricks, basically anything about data!

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Azure SQL Training

I thought being an Azure Data/Database blogger I would share some amazing content from Microsoft, an Azure SQL Fundamentals learning path.

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Azure SQL Database SLA

Can you improve on the baseline (service level agreement) SLA of 99.99 % for Azure SQL Database? How can you get 99.995% as shown below, from official Microsoft documentation?

(source: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/understanding-and-leveraging-azure-sql-database-sla/)
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SQL Server Stretch DB to Azure

Since SQL Server 2016 we could leverage Microsoft Azure to dynamically move “cold” portions of data away from on-premises storage for longer retention time periods. Whilst in theory being a great idea the cost was a blocker for some and with a cumbersome setup process. SQL Server 2019 addresses this by making the costs of storing the data in the cloud more competitive and making the setup more streamlined with the use of the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) tool and SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio).

Note: DMA tool replaces the older Upgrade Advisor tool. To install DMA please see the following link https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/dma/dma-overview?view=sql-server-ver15.

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Azure SQL Database Networking

Have you realised the changes Microsoft have made to the firewall and networking section of Azure SQL Database? I found this quite stealthy and took me by surprise. I did encounter an edge case scenario where it lead to issues once I made some tweaks but that was a rare thing.

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Tips and Tricks Azure Databricks

It has been a while since I posted an entry for TSQL Tuesday, which, for today is hosted by Kenneth . The subject being a non SQL Server tip. For a while now I have been using other technologies besides SQL Server and recently Azure Databricks and I have a handy tip for when starting this journey. It is not ground breaking but useful!

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