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I’ve been trying out the new supported Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets this week and I’d have to say I’m impressed. I’ve only used the ones for setup (Get-AzureSettingsFile and friends) and the ones for Windows Azure SQL Database Read More...
Continued from the previous post, " Some new/upcoming Windows Azure SQL Database DMVs and diagnostics "... Read that one to find out who Vinod and Michal are. So, before you all run out and try it, this isn't working yet. But, like the WASD Read More...
I didn't get to a whole lot of others' sessions at TechEd this year, but was pleasantly surprised by Vinod and Michal's session on "SQL Azure Administration and Application Self-Servicing". Although most of the really interesting Read More...
The last piece of the DAC puzzle (at least for now) is import and export. Export makes a non-transactionally consistant copy of database content that uses the BACPAC format (schema and data) and Import creates a new database with the BACPAC schema and Read More...
I can script out a database schema (and optionally data) from SQL Server databases. Any version from 2005 and beyond, as well as SQL Azure Database. And most all instance level objects. And I'm not the SMO scripter. Or a DBA. Who am I? I would be Read More...
Back when I was saw SQL Azure was producing an @@version string that mentioned version 11 (that's SQL Server 2012's major version number), I'd started looking at the version number every week or so. And looking for SQL Server 2012 functionality Read More...
Late tonight I tried something that I didn't think would work because @@version on SQL Azure didn't report anything different from last week. (Microsoft SQL Azure (RTM) - 11.0.1814.30 Nov 21 2011 16:46:09 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation). Read More...
A short while ago, I wrote a blog entry about SQL Server 2012 features that are currently available in SQL Azure. In that post, I mentioned that Ed Katibah would publish an article detailing the current state of the SQL Server 2012 spatial features in Read More...
Earlier this month I noticed that SQL Azure, with the latest upgrade has a version of 11...something (actually 11.0.1467.26, to be exact). And I wondered, aside from the long-touted new spatial library, if there were any Denali T-SQL enhancements that Read More...
I've been trying this out every day or so since I'd heard about the update (originally named the July 2011 Service Release ), but I'd forgotten about it for about a week. So I don't exactly know when this happened on my SQL Azure server. Read More...
The next version of Data-Tier Applications is version 2.0. You can get a CTP of it today; where the CTP is located really gives away the game. It's located at SQL Azure Labs, listed under SQL Azure "Import/Export". The writeup on this page Read More...
In looking at the what's new for SQL Azure (May 2011) page, I came across the following: "Upcoming Increased Precision of Spatial Types: For the next major service release, some intrinsic functions will change and SQL Azure will support increased Read More...
Last week I did a talk at SQLConnections on SQL Azure Database and Data-Tier Applications (DAC). At the time (it was the day of Visual Studio 2010 launch), I explained that conference abstracts had to be submitted 6 months ago. At the time, because of Read More...
I was trundling through my SQL Azure database today, looking for interesting behaviors. Found one. A "select * from sys.databases" reveals that both "snapshot_isolation_state" and "is_read_committed_snapshot_on" return 1 Read More...