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  • In The Cloud: Using InPrivate Browsing

    Periodically people post looking for an answer to the following error message which is also shown in Figure 1. Frequently zebra diagnoses are presented as the response. In healthcare, a zebra diagnosis is when you overlook the simple and the obvious. If you hear hoof beats, you should think of horses before you think of zebras. The Windows Azure ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on January 23, 2015
  • Backup Basics–Doing it Faster

    Several customers have told me that the time it takes to back up their databases is taking longer than they are comfortable with. Others have told me their backups take a long time but they dont mind. Whatever the case, getting things done more quickly is usually worth at least a quick look. There are two basic approaches to speeding up a ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on January 22, 2015
  • In The Cloud: Azure Operational Insights for Server Monitoring

    Microsoft is now offering a preview version of Azure Operational Insights, which is a cloud based server monitoring solution and replacement for System Center Advisor. I decided to try it out on my desktops default installation of SQL Server 2014. I picked this SQL Server instance because its not configured how I would configure a production ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on December 26, 2014
  • In The Cloud: Enhancements to Azure SQL Database

    Last week Microsoft released a preview of the next version of Azure SQL Database, which is available now in a preview version. The feature set is nearly complete when compared to the standalone version of SQL Server 2014 and a clustered index on every table is no longer required. To help highlight the differences, Ive used the SQL Database ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on December 18, 2014
  • In The Cloud: Manually Migrating a Hyper-V VM to Azure

    Azure is great for sharing reproductions on difficult problems. I managed to reproduce an application problem in a virtual machine on my laptop. Its really not reasonable to ask for others to help me after following a long set of steps to build a matching test environment. Besides, something could go wrong. I had the perfect test case, but only ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 27, 2014
  • re: SQL 2008 ConfigurationFile.ini file - not just for unattended installs

    The proper place to seek help is MSDN. The SQL Server forums are found at https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/home?forum=sqldatabaseengine. The forums are moderated and are specifically for problem resolution.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 4, 2014
  • BI Beginner: Creating SSIS projects for 64-bit Office

    SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) is the replacement for Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS). SSDT-BI is a 32-bit application. If you have 64-bit Office installed instead of 32-bit Office, you will encounter problems when attempting to create SSIS packages that use Excel files. This is easily resolved by ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 3, 2014
  • re: BI Beginner: Installing SSDT BI

    Thanks, Greg. I've had several people ask for help in &quot;finding&quot; the templates that used to be in BIDS, which is why I made this post.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on October 30, 2014
  • BI Beginner: Installing SSDT BI

    The Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) does not come with SQL Server 2014 like it did in previous versions of SQL Server. Furthermore, it has been renamed as SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence. If you have Visual Studio 2012, download this. If you have Visual Studio 2013, download this. I recommend that you download and save ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on October 30, 2014
  • In The Cloud: Creating Your First Azure SQL Database

    Creating your first SQL Database in Azure is quick and easy. There are a few things Ive discovered that might help you be successful faster. Many people have asked me how to get started, so Ive provided these steps to success. The steps I show you arent the only way to achieve success. This is an adaptation of one of my Azure demos. First, you ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on October 23, 2014
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