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David Barbarin
Senior Consultant & Microsoft Technology Leader

David Barbarin has more than ten years of experience in Microsoft solutions. He is specialized in SQL Server technologies and associated topics such as installation, migration, security audits, troubleshooting of performance issues, or high availability architectures etc. Furthermore, he has many years of experience in .NET development, SSIS packages deployment, and database design in several sectors like retail, health sector, and other industries. David Barbarin is SQL Server MVP (since 2010), Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SQL Server, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He is also ITIL Foundation V3 certified. He holds an BTS in electronic from France and has a degree in computer sciences from CNAM in Lyon. His branch-related experience covers Public Sector, Financial Services / Banking, Automotive, Health Sector, IT, Watch Industry, etc.
David Barbarin

SQL Server 2017 on Linux and some log shipping scenarios

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

In this blog let’s talk a little bit about the log-shipping feature from the SQL Server CTP 2.0. First of all, let’s say that as a Windows version, it is possible to create our own solution based on Linux (and cron jobs for example). You may find out different pointers on the internet that deal with this topic. But getting the built-in log-shipping feature from SQL Server presents some advantages. Indeed, this is basically the…

 
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SQL Server 2017 AlwaysOn AGs and new read-scale architectures

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 4 Comments

As you probably know Microsoft announced an official name for SQL Server vNext during the last Microsoft Data Amp event on April 19 2017. It becomes officially SQL Serve 2017. In my first blog post, I wrote about SQL Server on Linux and the introduction of availability groups features. At this moment the SQL Server release version was CTP 1.3. As a reminder, with previous CTP releases, listeners were unusable because they did not persist when…

 
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SQL Server on Linux and experimental Flexible Architecture

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

In this blog post let’s talk a little bit about SQL Server optimal installation on the Linux file system. This is probably one of the first considerations we will have as a database administrator. Actually basic installation of SQL Server can be resumed to use yum command and let the SQL Server installer place all related files on the file system. But in a production environment, the story will be different and we will have…

 
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Speaking at the next SQL Nexus at Copenhagen 2017

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

On May 2nd, I will have the chance to speak during the next SQL Nexus event in Copenhagen (1 -3 may) about SQL Server 2016 and availability groups and if I have enough time, you will see what is coming with the SQL Server vNext. This is also a good opportunity to attend to other sessions held by well-known people in the industry like David Klee, Edwin M Sarmiento, Wolfgang Strasser and Uwe Ricken  to name a…

 
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Introducing AlwaysOn availability groups on Linux

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A couple of days ago, Microsoft has rolled out the SQL Server vNext CTP 1.3 which includes very nice features and the one that interested me in the supportability of AlwaysOn availability groups on Linux. That is definitely a good news because we may benefit from new ways of architecting high-availability. There are a lot of new cool enhancements, which we’ll try to study when writing new blog posts. In this first blog, let’s learn…

 
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SQL Server Failover Cluster on Linux and synchronizing uids/gids across nodes

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In my previous blog post, I talked about SQL Server on Linux and high availability. During my test, I used a NFS server to share disk resources between my cluster nodes as described in the Microsoft documentation. A couple of days ago, I decided to add a fourth node (LINUX04) to my cluster infrastructure and I expected to do this work easily. But no chance, I faced a problem I never had before on this…

 
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SQL Server AlwaysOn – Distributed availability groups, read-only with round-robin capabilities

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  This blog post comes from a very interesting discussion with one of my friends about the read-only capabilities of secondary replicas in the context of distributed availability groups. Initially, distributed availability groups are designed to address D/R scenarios and some migration scenario types as well. I already discussed about of one possible migration scenario here. However, we may also take advantage of using secondary replicas as read-only in Reporting Scenarios (obviously after making an…

 
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Introducing high-availability and multi-subnet scenarios with SQL Server on Linux

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

On my first blog about SQL Server on Linux, I introduced the new high availability feature which concerns only SQL Server failover cluster instances so far. During this discovery time, I had the support of Mihaela Blendea (@MihaelaBlendea) at Microsoft to clarify some architecture aspects about this new kind of architecture. Firstly, I would like to thank her. It’s always a big pleasure to get the availability of the Microsoft team in this case. But after…

 
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Introducing high-availability with SQL Server on Linux

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management | One Comment

A couple of months ago, I did my first installation of SQL Server on Linux. I wrote about it in this blog post. So now it’s time to start the new year by talking about high availability on Linux with SQL Server vNext. Running standalone instances will be suitable for scenarios but I guess introducing high-availability with critical environments still remain mandatory.Currently, the CTP1 supports installing a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance on the top…

 
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Dealing with WSFC 2016 quarantine state and availability groups

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Operation systems | One Comment

I was playing with my lab environment which includes Windows 2016 and SQL Server 2016 and I noticed an interesting scenario while testing cluster node failures. After simulating some network outage scenarios, I was not able to bring back my cluster node online immediately by using traditional way. A quick look at the cluster manager led me to notice something new: A quarantined state value … interesting! But what does it mean exactly? In respect…

 
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