sql2xls goes cross-platform

Last year I released sql2xls, a free open-source tool which lets you throw a bunch of scripts into a folder, run them automatically against SQL Server and get the results back in a nicely-formatted Excel file, one tab per script. A year later, I am happy to announce that the tool now runs cross-platform. You
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I’m a DBA. Do I really need to know Kubernetes?

Welcome to February 2020. It’s the second month of the year 2020! I remember sitting at a server with SQL Server 6.5 installed on it, worrying about the Y2K bug. It feels like yesterday. While I haven’t been a database administrator for all that time between then and now, I have been exposed to broad
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What is a strong password anyway?

Background Fellow Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt (blog | Twitter) has been operating the website¬†Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) for a number of years now. For the record, “pwned” is pronounced like “owned” but with a “p” in front of it. Don’t use the term in public unless you’re in a room full of information security
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Don’t install SQL Server from a mounted ISO

Here’s something that seems to keep coming up, but not frequently enough for me to write a blog post about until now: You should not install SQL Server from a mounted ISO file. Instead, you should extract the contents of the ISO file first before installing it. In June 2019 I tweeted: […] some ISO
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Installing SQL Server on Windows? Don’t forget these two useful switches

A few days ago on Twitter I wrote: Couldn’t connect to new SQL Server install because I forgot to enable TCP/IP. I’m the lead author for a Microsoft Press book about SQL Server administration. Aside from demonstrating that checklists are helpful, it did raise an interesting point about why this isn’t a configurable option in
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Fix SQL Server with one click

Tempting headline, isn’t it? It might even seem like clickbait, but that’s not the intention. The SQL Server default configuration is not recommended for production environments, and yet I have worked on many production environments that have been set up by people who don’t know that the default configurations are not recommended. These same people
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MySQL has this feature that SQL Server needs

In the grand scheme of things, MySQL and SQL Server operate in different realms. It’s difficult to compare them because MySQL is predominantly used for websites as part of the free LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), while SQL Server’s range is much broader than that. There’s one neat feature that MySQL has, which
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An Introduction to Azure SQL Database

It’s the second half of 2016, and Azure is the new hotness. I’ve raved about Blob Storage, virtual machines, AzCopy, and all those good things. When the dust settles, though, this blog is about managing data, and sometimes we don’t want to worry about the hassle of maintenance and administration. Azure SQL Database takes the
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Forecast: Azure Skies Over the Amazon

Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are taking over. Last week, a client approached me to migrate their complex environment in two phases from two physical data centers, first to Azure VMs, and ultimately to an Azure SQL Database, doing away with logical servers completely. In my mind, this trend is only going to accelerate.
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The Intersection of Art and Science

This is the first post in a series of four, where Ed Leighton-Dick, via Brent Ozar, is proposing that we SQL Server folks participate in the #SQLNewBlogger Challenge. I write a fair number of words on my personal website, and tend to neglect this site. Reading Brent’s post, it occurred to me that I can
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