Azure Portal – Bad Request

I had a strange issue recently when trying to login to the Azure Portal. Quite simply I would enter my login details and ended up with this message – Bad Request – Request Too Long, HTTP Error 400. The Size of the request headers is too long.

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Azure SQL Database – Optimizing For Ad-hoc Workloads

Today I found out that it is now possible to enable the setting optimize for ad-hoc workloads at the database level when using Azure SQL Database. Traditionally this was always set at the server level for locally based SQL Servers.

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Azure SQL Analytics

Azure SQL Analytics is currently in preview mode, still it is very impressive. The goal of this feature is to visualize important SQL performance metrics for your Azure SQL Database. There are a couple of things you need to do first.

  • Setup a Log Analytics workspace.
  • Enable diagnostics for your SQL Databases and/or elastic pools.

Please see the prerequisites section within this document – YOU MUST do this else you will not be able to use this feature. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-azure-sql#prerequisites

Once setup it should take approximately 15 minutes to start capturing and rendering back some data. Don’t be surprised if it does take a little longer as was the case for myself.

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A Basic Bot using Azure Bot Services

I wanted to break out my comfort levels and do something different from Azure SQL Database or straight SQL Server. I really did try something new and created a Chat Bot using Azure’s Bot Service. Warning: I am a DBA by day (and night) so this is a fun post where I am trying out different areas of Azure so I apologise if you find this too basic – its Christmas lets have some fun!

It is split across two parts. First you have to create a knowledge base which I did via the QnA Maker tool. Then secondly you use this knowledge base and link it to your Azure Bot Service.

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Moving to an Azure SQL Database via Command Line

I have moved many databases to Azure via different methods but I recently came across a new way. Well technically it’s not new, I should say, newly found. The migration was done via the command line which is not exactly ground breaking but it’s nice to have another option.

The idea behind this is simple. Create the bacpac via command line using sqlpackage.exe with the action as export then do an import action into Azure.

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Azure SQL Database – Using sp_BlitzIndex

I was doing some normal activities on one of my Azure SQL Databases, I went to make a cup of tea and returned to the following message:

The statement has been terminated. Msg 40544, Level 17, State 12, Line 15 The database ‘TestDB’ has reached its size quota. Partition or delete data, drop indexes, or consult the documentation for possible resolutions.

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Azure SQL Database – Service Tiers

Naturally the cost of Azure SQL Database directly relates to what tier and performance level you are using. Starting from the least expensive basic database to the more premium ones I thought it would be worthwhile capturing the costs (GBP) across all tiers.

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Azure SQL Database Compatibility Levels

Let’s start off with a quick overview of SQL Server versions and compatibility levels.

  • 100 = SQL Server 2008 and Azure SQL Database
  • 110 = SQL Server 2012 and Azure SQL Database
  • 120 = SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database
  • 130 = SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database
  • 140 = SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database

So with SQL Server 2017 now available to the public what level is a newly created Azure SQL Database set at?

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Azure SQL Database Automatic Tuning – Questions Answered

I used to be on the fence regarding whether or not Automatic Tuning should be on as the default when creating Azure SQL Databases. A part of me never liked the idea of Azure creating/dropping indexes or forcing plans without my prior approval but then again if it happens to do the right thing at the right time then it’s a pleasurable experience.

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