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Author: JP Chen
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Migrating to Azure

Migrating Databases Over to Azure SQL Database

How do you migrate on-premise SQL Server databases over to Azure SQL Database server? In this blog, we will quickly explore two of the most popular migration options.

JP Chen | October 19, 2016
Start Microsoft Azure

Get Started with Microsoft Azure SQL Database

An overview of Microsoft Azure SQL Database and how to get started on a free trial.

JP Chen | October 12, 2016

How to Check the Recent Restore Details

As part of the migration project steps, you need to create a report to show the restore details such as the restore option, recovery options, restore start time, source file, and where the file was restored.

JP Chen | July 19, 2016
Rename Logical Physical Files

How to Rename a Database and its Logical and Physical Files

In this blog, we will explore the required steps to query the existing logical and physical file name, rename a database, rename the logical file names, and rename the physical file names.

JP Chen | July 5, 2016
Stripe Backup Multiple Files

How to Restore Your Backups from Striped Backup Files

In this blog, we will look into how we can generate the TSQL restore scripts automatically and then execute them to perform the restores.

JP Chen | June 29, 2016
Creating Your Own DBA Utilities Database

DBA Toolbox – Creating Your Own DBA Utilities Database

As a DBA, you can develop your own toolbox and be a master in the craft of administering and managing databases.

JP Chen | June 23, 2016
How to Stripe Your Backups into Multiple Files

How to Stripe Your Backups into Multiple Files

In this blog, we will explore the option to stripe the backup files into four by first running the database backups using one file and then stripe them into four files. We will then compare the backup durations.

JP Chen | June 16, 2016

Where are your backups?

In this blog, we will explore the required system tables, functions, and the techniques to create a backup history report.

JP Chen | June 1, 2016
SQL Check

Checking the SQL Server Agent Status

SQL Server Agent is a Windows service that executes the scheduled administrative jobs. In this blog, we will explore and share with you on how can we quick stop, start, and run a script to check the SQL Server Agent status.

JP Chen | May 26, 2016

Comparing DBaaS Options from Amazon and Microsoft

We compare Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure SQL Databases. Cloud-based computing holds promise for businesses that no longer need to own and maintain costly fixed-hardware assets.

JP Chen | December 3, 2015

Querying the SQL Server Instance and OS Level Details

Let’s say you’re part of SQL Server DBA team that supports 100+ instances of SQL Server ranging from SQL Server 2005 through SQL Server 2014 with different editions, service packs, and authentication modes.

JP Chen | November 10, 2015

How to Automate the Database Restore Process

This blog will explore on how we can automate the database restore process by generating the required TSQL statements. Read on to learn more.

JP Chen | November 5, 2015

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