When it comes to database backups for IaaS based Azure SQL Servers you have 3 options.
Warning, this is a longer post from me than usual.
The title is a mouthful and so is this post. In the past I have linked to blog posts from Microsoft that say consistency checks for Azure SQL Database is the responsibility of Microsoft. (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/data-integrity-in-azure-sql-database/)
Last month I gave a presentation to The PASS Hybrid VG https://hybrid.pass.org/. Now is a good time to become “cloud ready” as a DBA and my presentation gives a nice quick tour of Azure SQL DB.
Abstract for the presentation being ” During this presentation you will get to see the differences in security, high availability, performance, and monitoring of this cloud-first solution. You will also learn about the different service tiers and performance levels that are specific to Azure SQL Database and learn about the different ways that you could migrate to Azure”.
I do cross into many topics such as DBCC CHECKDB , extended events etc, all very useful when wearing your “DBA” hat.
The recording can be found here – https://hybrid.pass.org/Meeting-Details/EventID/15614
One of the main benefits of configuring active geo-replication for Azure SQL Database is leveraging the read-only endpoint, a good technique to split away read only activity from OLTP based workloads. This means that there is no reason why you cannot point users to these databases via tools such as Power BI as highlighted below.
A quick 2 minute overview video (from me) about ADS – Advanced Data Security. The unified package from Microsoft providing the ability to discover / classifying sensitive data, mitigate potential database vulnerabilities, and detect anomalous activities. Enjoy.
I thought being an Azure Data/Database blogger I would share some amazing content from Microsoft, an Azure SQL Fundamentals learning path.
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?
You should always seriously consider enabling this feature. This is part of the ADS suite – Advanced Data Security and I will show you how good this pro-active service is.
Question, can you take a built-in backup ( a backup that Microsoft takes as part of the service) and create a new database from it on a NEW server in a different region?
Let’s find out.
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.