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Stéphane Haby

SQL Server 2019: Java in SQL Server hard to believe, no?

By | Development & Performance, DevOps, SQL Server, Technology Survey | No Comments

It has already been a few months that we are testing the next version of SQL Server: SQL Server 2019. I already blogged about a previous version of SQL Server supporting R and Python. With the new version of SQL Server 2019, Java will also be integrated. The Java runtime used is Zulu Open JRE and can be tested from the CTP3.2 of SQL Server 2019 Step 1: The installation Like a lot of people,…

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David Barbarin

Deploying SQL Server 2019 container on RHEL 8 with podman

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

Having a fresh install of RHEL8 on my lab environment, I was curious to take a look at new containerization stuff from Red Hat in the context of SQL Server 2019. Good chances are the future version of SQL Server should be available and supported on with the latest version of Red Hat but for now this blog post is purely experimental. This time I wanted to share with you some thoughts about the new…

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David Barbarin

SQL Server 2019 availability group R/W connection redirection, routing mesh and load balancing

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

SQL Server 2019 availability group feature will provide secondary to primary replica read/write connection redirection. I wrote about it in a previous blog post here. It consists in redirecting client application connections to the primary replica regardless of the target server specified in the connections string. That’s pretty interesting in some scenarios as read scale-out or specific multi-subnet configurations where creating the traditional AG listener is not an viable option. The new R/W connection redirection…

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Yann Neuhaus

Microsoft Inspire Partner Event 2019 / Day 1

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

dbi services at Microsoft Inspire Conference Summary of my first participation – Day 1 After 20 years in the business of IT Infrastructure, time has come to open my mind 😉 and Microsoft Inspire is the perfect opportunity. It is a partner conference that has quite a different approach compared to other software editors I worked for (e.g. Oracle). Indeed, the Oracle Open World mixes partners and customers, which is not always a good idea…

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David Barbarin

SQL Server containers and docker network driver performance considerations

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

Few months ago I attended to the Franck Pachot session about Microservices and databases at SOUG Romandie in Lausanne on 2019 May 21th. He covered some performance challenges that can be introduced by Microservices architecture design and especially when database components come into the game with chatty applications. One year ago, I was in a situation where a customer installed some SQL Server Linux 2017 containers in a Docker infrastructure with user applications located outside…

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David Barbarin

Deploying SQL Server on Azure virtual machine with Terraform

By | Cloud, DevOps, SQL Server | One Comment

We are entering now to the infrastructure as code world and provisioning a SQL Server infrastructure is not excluded from the equation. This is especially true when it comes the Cloud regardless we are using IaaS or PaaS. One great tool to use in such scenario is certainly terraform and I introduced it during the last PowerSaturday pre-conference named “DBA modern competencies”. Installation paradigms in the cloud differ from what we usually do on-premises either…

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David Barbarin

Windocks and K8s support

By | DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes, SQL Server | No Comments

I got recently the 4.08 update from the Windocks team and I was very excited to evaluate some of new features. The first cool one I want to present in this blog concerns the Kubernetes support for deploying Windocks containers that will make my application deployment definitely easier. Let’s say you want to deploy your application that is tied to a Windocks container for SQL Server. In a previous blog post I explained why we…

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Stéphane Savorgnano

How to create an Azure SQL Database

By | Cloud, SQL Server | No Comments

Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service (DBaaS) which gives us the possibility to create application with a performant database without to take care of the relying infrastructure. Azure SQL Database is based on the latest stable version of Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine. We have the choose between 2 purchasing models: a vCore-based purchasing model and a DTU-based (Database Throughput Unit) purchasing model. 3 Deployment options possible: single database: has its own set of…

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David Barbarin

RCSI with foreign keys, NULL values and paramater sniffing behavior

By | Development & Performance, SQL Server | No Comments

In this blog post let’s go back to the roots (DBA concern) with a discussion with one of my friends about a weird transaction locking issue. In fact, this discussion was specifically around two questions. The first one was why SQL Server continues to use shared locks in RCSI mode leading to blocking scenarios and the second one was about compiled objects with weird NULL value parameter sniffing behavior. This discussion was very funny for…

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David Barbarin

Windocks, SQL Server and Azure in our internal CI pipeline

By | Cloud, DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes, SQL Server | One Comment

During the last DevOps Day in Geneva, I presented a sample of our CI implementation related to our MSSQL DMK maintenance product. It was definitely a very good experience for me and good opportunity to get feedback from DevOps community as well. During the session I explained our CI pipeline includes SQL Server containers both on AKS (K8s as managed service in Azure) and Windocks. I got questions from some of attendees who asked me…

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