PsPing your Azure SQL Server

PsPing tool is part of the sysinternals PsTools download found –  ( https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psping)

This is the tool of choice when wanting to find out latency to your Azure SQL Server. In addition to standard ICMP ping functionality, it can report the latency of connecting to TCP ports, the latency of TCP round-trip communication.

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Azure SQL Elastic Pools – Moving Databases

If you read official Microsoft documentation about naming conventions for your SQL elastic pools, it is hard to find any guidelines on the subject. You are probably thinking it is not that big of a deal. I thought the same until I tried to execute some TSQL to move a database into an elastic pool.

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Linked Server to Azure SQL Database

You may (or may not) have a requirement to setup a linked server to Azure SQL Database from a locally installed SQL Server. One reason could be to pull down some reports from an Azure SQL Database to a local file share. Whatever your reason is hopefully you will find this blog post useful because I ran into some complications on the way.

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Extended Events – Using Azure Storage

Last year I wrote about Azure SQL Database extended events (https://blobeater.blog/2017/02/06/using-extended-events-in-azure/)  and gave an example where I was capturing deadlocks via the ring buffer. Ever since then I wanted to do a follow-up post but using Azure storage as the target for my XEL files.

This is more complicated than using the ring buffer as the target and requires a couple of things:

  • Azure storage account where you create a dedicated container for the files.
  • SAS key.
  • Database master key.
  • Database scoped credential.

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