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Steven Naudet

SQL Server Installation Wizard error : Failed to retrieve data for this request

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Today I faced a strange issue when I tried to install a new SQL Server instance : Failed to retrieve data for this request This error occurred just after clicking on “New SQL Server stand-alone installation…” The error message is not helpful at all. So, the first step to troubleshoot an issue is to look at the error logs. The location by default is : C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\140\Setup Bootstrap\Log There is a summary.txt file…

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Ali Asghari

Create and configure an Oracle linked server in SQL Server Instance

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

What is Linked server ? Now a days in each company we have different applications and each one of them have different needs in term of databases support. When data exists on multiple databases the management become a little bit hard. For exemple moving some data from an Oracle database to a SQL Server database is not easy. A linked servers is configured to enable the Database Engine to execute a Transact-SQL statement that includes…

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Franck Pachot

DBPod – le podcast Bases de Données

By | AWS, Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Development & Performance, DevOps, NoSQL, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . J’essaie quelque chose de nouveau. Je publie beaucoup en anglais (blog, articles, présentations) mais cette fois quelque chose de 100% francophone. En sortant du confinement, on reprend les transports (train, voiture,…) et c’est l’occasion de se détendre en musique mais aussi de s’informer avec des podcasts. J’ai l’impression que c’est un format qui a de l’avenir: moins contraignant que regarder une video ou ou lire un article ou une newsletter. Alors…

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Franck Pachot

The myth of NoSQL (vs. RDBMS) “joins dont scale”

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring, NoSQL, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | 13 Comments

By Franck Pachot . I’ll reference Alex DeBrie article “SQL, NoSQL, and Scale: How DynamoDB scales where relational databases don’t“, especially the paragraph about “Why relational databases don’t scale”. But I want to make clear that my post here is not against this article, but against a very common myth that even precedes NoSQL databases. Actually, I’m taking this article as reference because the author, in his website and book, has really good points about…

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Christophe Cosme

AWS – RDS – SQL Server Native backups

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Introduction RDS provide automatic backup feature. This feature will backup the entire RDS instance. As a DBA sometimes you need to backup individual database, they are many reason for that (legal, migration, replication,…). Unfortunately individual database backups are not available within the RDS instance. This post explains how you can enable the native database backup on RDS , as you are used to with an on-premises SQL Server instance. To summarize we will create a…

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Steven Naudet

Introduction to Azure SQL Database Auto-failover groups

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SQL Azure Database by default offers a 99.99% availability SLA across all its service tiers. This means that for any database, the downtime should not exceed 52 minutes per year. Using Zone redundancy increases availability to 99.995% which is about 26 minutes per year. These impressive numbers can be achieved through in-region redundancy of the compute and storage resources and automatic failover within the region. Some disruptive events may impact the region’s availability like Datacenter…

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Steven Naudet

How to create an Azure SQL Database using Azure PowerShell

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In this blog post, I’ll go through the steps to create an Azure SQL Database using Azure PowerShell. Introduction to Azure SQL Database The SQL database services provided by Microsoft on the cloud are now grouped under the name of Azure SQL. The Azure SQL family contains services that I will briefly summarize; Azure SQL Database – DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) Azure SQL Managed Instance – PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) SQL Server on Azure VMs – IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) In…

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Steven Naudet

SQL Server: Synchronize logins on AlwaysOn replicas with dbatools

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The SQL Server environment  I worked with today has dozens of SQL Server instances using AlwaysOn Availability Groups for High Availability. When a login is created on the Primary replica of an Availability Group it is not synchronized automatically on secondary replicas. This might cause some issues after a failover (Failed logins). Since this is not done automatically by SQL Server out of the box the DBA has to perform this task. To avoid doing…

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Ali Asghari

Install & configure a Nagios Server

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

What is Nagios ? “Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.” https://www.nagios.org/ In simple words, you can monitor your servers (linux, MSSSQL, etc …) and databases (Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB, etc …) with nagios.   We use the free version !!! 😀   VM configuration : OS : CentOS Linux 7 CPU : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4…

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Stéphane Savorgnano

Use MABS to protect Hyper-V on-premises VMs workload

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

During my last blog post I explained how to installed a MABS. Now that your infrastructure is setup you will be able to protect the workload of your Hyper-V Virtual Machines. You have first to create a new protection group. This group will contain one or more VMs which will share the same backup configuration for retention, synchronization and recovery. Protection is managed as follow: DPM create a copy of the selected data on the…

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