Using Azure Scheduler

Azure scheduler is a feature that allows users to schedule activities within Azure. Scheduler works by first creating job collections. This is a great way to automate the call of web services. Creating the job After clicking the create scheduler job the below screen appears Click Custom Create, choose the region and give the job…

The hazards of data types when deleting data

Recently in one of the forums a question was posted where the developer had run a delete statement similar to the one below delete from #tmp where data =1 This deleted all the data in the table, obviously there was a large number of different values for the column data. Now the first and most…

Call me anything but a GURU

The first time someone called me a SQL Guru it felt a bit odd coz I never considered myself one. But once the initial shock had worn off, I felt extremely proud about finally having attained a title that I have been aiming for almost all my career. However over time I have realized the…

Does Partitioning Improve Performance?

Partitioning is a great feature for improving the way we manage our data. However we can also improve performance of select statements from the table as well. This requires a good understanding of the way partitioning works and how properly placing files on the disk can improve the IO performance. One common way that partitioning…

Upgrading existing Azure databases to V12

V12 of Azure database has been out for some time now. Combined with all the new features being released in Azure and PowerBI it makes sense to upgrade. This post shows you how:- Login to Azure website and select the database that you want to upgrade Under the quick glance menu on the right select…

Very Large datasets GB to TB – Where to get them for free?

Every once in a while I need a very large dataset to work with, most often this required creating dummy data using one of my favorite data generators called Mockaroo. But sometimes a few GBs is not enough, at these times I turn to a little know feature of AWS (Amazon Web Services). AWS has…

Measuring Uptime in SQL Server – Why nines don’t work

A key part of every DBAs jobs is maintaining uptime. A DBAs capability is measured by the amount of Uptime he is able to ensure on servers he manages. An important part of this is calculating the uptime of the servers. While it might sound simple over the years I have seen different calculations being…

SSIS and SSRS Training for Wells Fargo

4 day training for MS SQL Server SSRS and SSIS with Wells Fargo in Whitefield Bangalore. It’s going to be awesome. Going to create and SQL Server Monitoring Application using SSIS and SSRS and hopefully a few other different types of Reports too. Busy months ahead.