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I am an IT Professional from the UK with a huge interest in MS technology especially SQL Server and Azure.

During 2015 I was mentored by Paul Randal – Data Platform (SQL Server) MVP of SQLskills.

I have written articles for SQL Server Central, TechNet, built the SQL Performance dashboard project on CodePlex with over 1600 downloads and I have helped gather data for SQLskills Waits and Latches Library. I have also helped the SQL Server product team with testing SQL Server vNext adaptive query processing feature.

My aim is to help you in your day to day work or to reinforce specific areas that I am interested in, so I try to keep things short and simple and sometimes I will reinforce concepts via a quick SQL Server video – https://blobeater.blog/sqlserver-video-library/

Arun Sirpal – BlobEater

p.s. I am no longer afraid to mention that I like Sheep.

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I have actually lost Paulie in the garden.

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Azure – SQL Database Premium RS

A very quick post for today, I was navigating my way through the Azure portal within my SQL databases section and came across an edition that I had never seen before and I became very intrigued. It is called Premium RS (currently in preview mode) meaning we now have four tiers to select from – basic, standard, premium and premium RS.

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SQLBits 2017

I have never been to SQLBits (https://sqlbits.com/) before (due to budgets) but I am really looking forward to attending which is just over a week away. The Data Platform has evolved so much and this is the chance to get some quality training under my belt especially in areas I know I need a “refresh” in.

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Why did my SQL Server database just go offline?

Note: This post contains a video clip where I show quirky behaviour of the scripted offline task. Personally I rarely use SQL Server Management Studio GUI to do day-to-day tasks, I rather just load a window and start typing stuff (I learn better that way). Recently I became lazy and just loaded up the tool and found something quite quirky, let me explain.

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TDE: Looking inside your database and backups

TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) encrypts the data files at rest but don’t forget that it also encrypts your backup file too. I fancied looking inside the MDF and a backup of my database before enabling TDE and comparing it to when enabled.

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Extreme situations require extreme commands

The title is adapted from a child-hood movie of mine and is my daily (database-related) WTF moment and it is my entry for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday found: http://www.pontop.dk/single-post/2017/03/07/Announcing-T-SQL-Tuesday-88-%E2%80%93-The-daily-database-related-WTF

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My take on presenting

This idea basically started from Andy Bek’s TSQL Tuesday last year #84 growing new speakers (https://sqlbek.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/t-sql-tuesday-84-growing-new-speakers/ – thanks Andy) and I have decided to share my experiences about what was going on in my head for when I was prepping for my first presentation for my local user group.

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