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Stéphane Haby

SQL Server Tool: MSSQL-CLI

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | No Comments

MSSQL-CLI is a useful new command line tool. Not so new because this tool exist since 2018 but a little bit unknow. You find this tool on GitHub here. One of the big advantage is the number of platforms available, Windows of course but also macOS, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOs, Red Hat, OpenSuse, Suse Enterprise and Fedora. This interactive command-line query tool has many advantages like the full IntelliSense support, the auto-complete, the syntax highlighting, the…

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SQL Server: Collect Page Split events using Extended Event session

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | No Comments

Earlier this week someone tried to show me how to capture page split events using Extended Events (XE) but unfortunately, the demo failed. This is a good opportunity for me to refresh my knowledge about page split and set up a simple demo about this. Hopefully, this one will be working. It’s not necessarily a bad thing when a page split occurs. It’s a totally fine behavior when we INSERT a row in a table…

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Franck Pachot

How SQL Server MVCC compares to Oracle and PostgreSQL

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . Microsoft SQL Server has implemented MVCC in 2005, which has been proven to be the best approach for transaction isolation (the I in ACID) in OLTP. But are you sure that writers do not block readers with READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT? I’ll show here that some reads are still blocked by locked rows, contrary to the precursors of MVCC like PostgreSQL and Oracle.

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Franck Pachot

Running SQL Server on the Oracle Free tier

By | Cloud, Oracle, SQL Server | 2 Comments

By Franck Pachot The Oracle Cloud is not only for Oracle Database. You can create a VM running Oracle Linux with full root access to it, even in the free tier: a free VM that will be always up, never expires, with full ssh connectivity to a sudoer user, where you are able to tunnel any port. Of course, there are some limits that I’ve detailed in a previous post. But that is sufficient to…

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Stéphane Haby

One day training @ Microsoft Azure Cloud Workshop

By | Big Data, Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server, Technology Survey | No Comments

Today, with my colleague Christophe, we follow the Microsoft Azure Training Day: Data and Analytics @ Microsoft Zürich (Wallisellen to be exact). After a presentation of SQL Server 2019, we begin with the First Lab about SQL Server 2019 and new features and we going through intelligent query processing, Data Discovery and Classification for personally identifiable information (PII) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and secure enclave. One of my favorites part of the lab…

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Christophe Cosme

SQL Server – Collecting last backup information in an AlwaysOn environment

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | No Comments

Introduction Sometimes you face interesting challenges with unusual environment. One of my customer needed a automated and flexible backup solution. Said like that nothing very complex you will say. But if I mention that some databases were 60TB big with more than 30 filegroups and around 600 database data files each and moreover synchronized in an AlwayOn availability group, it is not the same story and you can easily imagine that working with standard backup…

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Microsoft Team

SQL Server 2019 Accelerated Database Recovery – Instantaneous rollback and aggressive log truncation

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | No Comments

In my previous article about Accelerated Database Recovery (ADR), I wrote mostly about the new Persistent Volume Store (PVS), how important it was important in the new SQL database engine recovery process and the potential impact it may have on the application workload. This time let’s talk a little bit more about ADR feature benefits we may get with instantaneous rollback and aggressive log truncation. These two capabilities will address some DBA pains especially when…

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Microsoft Team

Using non-root SQL Server containers on Docker and K8s

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes, SQL Server | No Comments

This is something that I waited for a while, in fact since SQL Server 2017 … and the news came out on Wednesday 09th September 2019. Running Non-Root SQL Server Containers is now possible either on the next version of SQL Server (2019) and it has been backported on SQL Server 2017 as well. Non-root SQL Server containers will likely be part of hidden gem of SQL Server new features, but this is definitely a…

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Microsoft Team

When Read-Scale availability groups and Windows Failover Cluster are not good friends

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | One Comment

A couple of days ago, with some fellow French data platform MVPS (@thesqlgrrrl and @Conseilit) we discussed an issue around Read-Scale availability groups and it made me think I had forgotten to share about a weird behavior I experienced with them.   Basically, Read-Scale availability groups are clusterless infrastructures meaning there is no need to install an underlying cluster. Obviously, you will not benefit from resource orchestration and automatic failover, but this is obviously the…

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Microsoft Team

Introducing Accelerated Database Recovery with SQL Server 2019

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | 2 Comments

SQL Server 2019 RC1 was released out a few weeks ago and it is time to start blogging about my favorite core engine features that will be shipped with the next version of SQL Server. Things should not be completely different with the RTM, so let’s introduce the accelerated database recovery (aka ADR) which is mainly designed to solve an annoying issue that probably most of SQL Server DBAs already faced at least one time:…

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