Create a slipstream installer for SQL Server on Windows

Since the release of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 in April 2009, it has been possible to install SQL Server with media that includes the latest patches, whether they be Service Packs (for SQL Server 2016 and prior), Cumulative Updates, and even hotfixes. There was the hint of a promise with the new servicing[…]

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[…]

Changes to Service Packs and Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2017

Edited on 10 October 2018: Please note that this model has changed. See Changes to the SQL Server servicing model (Cumulative Updates) for more. The updated information is below. For a few years now, Microsoft has augmented its irregular release of Service Packs with a more frequent Cumulative Update model, in order to get bug[…]

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SQL Server Management Studio v17.0

Version numbers are confusing. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), the client user interface by which most DBAs access SQL Server, was decoupled from the server product for SQL Server 2016. For the last 18 months or so, we have been receiving semi-regular updates to SSMS (which we can download from Microsoft, for free), which is[…]

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Max Server Memory and SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1

Everything changed for SQL Server Standard Edition on 16 November 2016, and how memory limits work. On that day, a slew of Enterprise Edition features made their way into editions across the board, including Express Edition and LocalDB. The memory limit of 128GB RAM applies only to the buffer pool (the 8KB data pages that[…]

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Configuration Manager Shortcut on Windows 10 and Server 2016

This is more for my own reference than anything. On newer versions of Windows desktop and Windows Server, we may find that the shortcut to SQL Server Configuration Manager is missing. According to this MSDN article, the reason for this change is that Configuration Manager is a Management Console snap-in: Because SQL Server Configuration Manager[…]

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Wait For Service Pack 1

Conventional wisdom tells us that when Microsoft releases a new version of any server product, we should wait until Service Pack 1 before deploying it to production. This hasn’t been true for a while now, since Microsoft recommended that Cumulative Updates for SQL Server carry the same confidence: SQL Server CUs are certified to the same levels[…]

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Should I upgrade SQL Server 2008 / R2, or migrate to Azure?

[Last updated July 13, 2018] Brent Ozar Unlimited runs a website called SQL Server Updates which comes in really handy for keeping your on-premises SQL Server up to date. In October 2016 I noticed something interesting: if you’re running SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, Microsoft’s extended support for it ends on 9 July 2019.[…]

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Database Throughput Units

Last time we briefly touched on the metric that Microsoft uses to keep your Azure SQL Database in check: the DTU, or database throughput unit. It uses a combination of CPU, I/O and log flushes/second, using a special algorithm, to calculate a single unit. The reason for this is simple: Our databases don’t use the same resources[…]