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  • Basic Availability Groups in SQL Server 2016

    Since SQL Server 2012, Database Mirroring (DBM) has been a deprecated feature meaning that it will be eventually removed in a future version of SQL Server.  It is still available in SQL Server 2016.  One of the best things about DBM is that it was a limited feature in Standard Edition since SQL Server 2005. The AG ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on January 21, 2016
  • New Article: Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB

    My latest article on a new feature (Dynamic Data Masking) coming to SQL Server 2016 and Azure is now available. Dynamic Data Masking essentially displays characters instead of real data to non-privileged users.  The data is not stored as a masked values.  As with anything, there are pros and cons with this approach.  It is ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 15, 2015
  • New Article: A Look at StretchDB - a New Feature in SQL Server 2016

    My article on the new StretchDB feature in SQL Server 2016 is now available.  StretchDB allows you to have a table in your database to be partially on-prem and partially in Azure. If you have a database with a lot of historical data that doesn't change, this feature may be a good fit for your situation. I hope that you enjoy the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 8, 2015
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