How to create a linked server to Azure SQL Database via SQL Server Management Studio

Often, I need to create a linked server to an Azure SQL Database to run queries against it or schedule maintenance. Creating a linked server to an Azure SQL Database is slightly different than how you’ve likely been creating linked servers to other SQL Servers in your environment. When expanding ‘Server Objects’ and right clicking […]

Azure SQL Managed Instance – Business Critical Tier

Microsoft has announced the GA date for the Business-Critical tier. Azure SQL Managed Instance Business Critical tier will be generally available on December 1st 2018. For those customers who are needing the ‘Super-Fast’ storage capabilities provided with local SSDs on the instance, you now have a release date. Business Critical also provides the ability to […]

Azure Training – London

I am very excited about my upcoming IEAzure class being held in London, September 10th and 11th at the Marriott in Kensington (London). This is a content rich class covering SQL Server running on Azure Virtual Machines (Azure IaaS) as well as Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance (PaaS). You read that correctly, we’ve […]

Why You Need Baselines

Regularly when working with clients, I implement a basic baseline package to collect key metrics. At a minimum I like to capture CPU utilization, page life expectancy, disk I/O, wait statistics, and a database inventory. This allows me to track and trend what normal CPU utilization looks like, as well as to see if they […]