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AzCopy finally gets a sync option, and all the world rejoices

I consider Blob Storage to be the gateway drug to Azure, because it’s a really easy way to get going with offsite backups. One of the ways I’ve leveraged Blob Storage is with SQL Server backups. I even wrote a Sync and Restore command-line toolset to keep files and folders in sync between an on-premises
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The cloud is not just someone else’s computer

A year ago, I wrote in a post that cloud computing is just someone else’s data center. I was wrong. Whether we like it or not, the cloud is more than just a bunch of 1s and 0s hosted on someone’s hardware. The problem with my statement was the word “just”. I’ve presented several times on
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SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out

For the last five months or so, I have been helping some really smart people put words on paper, both the physical and electronic kind, which is hopefully going to culminate in an actual technical book that I can point to and say “Yes, that’s the name I invented for myself when we moved to
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Compañero Conference and SQL Modernization Roadshow

October is a busy month for me. I am flying all over the US and Canada for speaking engagements to share some thoughts about migrating your SQL Server environment to the cloud (specifically Azure). Compañero Conference I will be presenting at the Compañero Conference, which takes place over two days, October 4 – 5 (that’s
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Remote Storage Sync and Restore updated

Recently, I presented my “Back up and Restore your Database with Azure Blob Storage” session to the Bellingham PASS Chapter. There are two components to the Azure Blob Storage Sync and Restore utility: Sync and Restore. I wrote the Sync tool to work around difficulties I’d experienced with Azure Blob Storage’s Infinite Lease, and limitations
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Azure Storage Throughput

Hot on the heels of DTUs from earlier this week, today we’re going to switch focus a little, while staying with Azure, and have a quick look at storage speeds on SQL Server running on Azure Virtual Machines (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). Microsoft recently lowered their prices for more popular VMs, which is making this an attractive solution for
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Importing a BACPAC into Azure SQL Database

In our final look at migrating a database to Azure SQL Database, we will import a BACPAC file. From previous weeks we know that a BACPAC file contains the full schema, as well as the data (in BCP format), of the database we are migrating. It is based on the structure of a DACPAC file, which
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Moving a database to Azure SQL Database

This week we will actually move a database into Azure SQL Database, using the first of two of Microsoft’s recommended methods. The main thing to keep in mind is that SQL Server (on-premises, or “earthed”) and Azure SQL Database (“cloud”) are not the same product. They support the same schemas and data, and allow the
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What is physical storage anyway?

My friend Jason asked me about his MySQL database export file last week, whether it was sufficient to create a new database. I replied saying that he would have to set up the database separately, because the physical files are allocated in a particular way depending on the web host. What is a physical file,
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