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SQL Server 2019 on Apple Silicon redux: it actually works

Last month I wrote a blog post suggesting that it was not possible to get SQL Server 2019 running on Apple Silicon. I hedged my statement by saying you could get Azure SQL Database Edge running in a Docker container instead, but at the time I could not get SQL Server itself to work at
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Rest In Peace PASS

One year later: my look back on the PASS organization

My good friend and talented singer Rob Volk reminded me recently that I had promised to write about my involvement with PASS at the end of its life, and I remember saying out of respect that I’d wait a year before doing so. Time flies. To recap, the few remaining assets of the PASS organization including
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On the nature of constant change

Recently my spouse and I travelled to South Africa (yes, I know there’s a pandemic on) to deal with a gloomy family matter that required in-person interaction. Being an adult means dealing with things that other people can’t do or don’t want to do. Literally hours after we arrived, hot on the tail of South
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You can’t run SQL Server on Apple Silicon, and it sucks

Prior to 2017, the only way to get SQL Server running on a Mac was through a virtual machine running some version of Windows that supported some version of SQL Server. Then SQL Server 2017 — and later SQL Server 2019 — were made available as Docker images, thanks to the newly-introduced Linux support in
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Your next step in the cloud

Over the last nine months I’ve presented (virtually) eleven times on a variety of topics relating to SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform. Long-time readers will know I have some experience as a high school teacher and college lecturer, and I’ve co-authored three technical books on SQL Server. My most popular session at the
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Calgary Data User Group

Calgary Data User Group: Big Data Clusters with Bob Pusateri

This is one of those shameless plugs I’m allowed to do from time to time to promote my user group here in Calgary. Tonight, starting 5pm Mountain time, Bob Pusateri (blog | Twitter) will be presenting an hour-long session about Big Data Clusters, a very interesting feature that was introduced with SQL Server 2019. From
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