SQL Server 2016 & Azure Query Store

I hadn’t been following the news much regarding SQL Server 2016, so when I did some reading the other day I was quite pleasantly surprised by some of the new features announced (not to mention that it looks like SSMS will finally be getting some much needed love). We’ve been having some frustrating intermittent performance […]

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Red Gate Azure backup failures

We use Red Gate Cloud Services to backup our Azure database, as well as some storage accounts to Amazon EC2 storage, etc.  It all works really well 99% of the time, but after a few failures in a short time period I opened a ticket with Red Gate. The errors we got weren’t always the […]

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Head in the clouds

Wow – 2 years and 4 days with no posts.  What a slacker… Anyway… I’ve been busy doing a few things in that time.  The most relevant probably being that I moved on from Trade Me near the end of 2014, and now work for Timely.  This is a small company started a couple of years […]

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SQL Server version information from build numbers

Just a quick post in case anyone else finds this useful; for a report I’ve created, I wanted to have SQL Server versions displayed in a nice, readable form, rather than the usual build number format (e.g. 11.0.3128.0). So I found the very useful SQL Server Builds page (thanks to whoever maintains that), and proceeded to […]

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Customising SQL Management Studio 2012

I’m setting up my new work laptop, and decided to have a look around the net for what the cool kids were doing these days to customise SSMS 2012.  Surprisingly not a lot seems to have changed (i.e. changing font, adding keyboard shortcuts, and using a trendy dark theme are still the most common tweaks). Aesthetics […]

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